Adam Lambert recently tweeted a series of scathing comments criticizing the singing in Les Miserables, although he did single out Anne Hathaway and Aaron Tveit as being standouts among a mediocre cast.
He said, “Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Enjolras [Aaron Tveit] were the exceptions for me.” He continued, “With that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out. The industry will say ‘these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live’ but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it’s so True!”
Russell Crowe responded to this criticism when a fan pointed it out to him on Twitter, and he replied, “I don’t disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that’s how it is.”
‘Les Miserables’ released over Christmas Day and has already pulled in over $115 million worldwide in box office receipts.