Swift is out and Barks is IN for Les Miz!!

Ever since seeing the 25th Anniversary Concert version of Les Miz, and hearing her sing this song so well, I’ve been in love with it.  When it was announced that Lea Michelle and Taylor Swift both wanted the part, I was a little saddened.  While I don’t have a problem with Lea, except for her overly breathy phrase attacks, and knowing how many times phrases she would be singing begin with a vowel, I would be irritated with her.   For Taylor, I am not really a fan.  She’s cute and all, but I don’t think she’s got the chops to sing this role.  Yup, I said it.

I always thought that there wouldn’t be a person that would play the role as well as Lea Salonga. And while Samantha plays her a little less innocent, her version is fabulous, so I am insanely happy about her getting the role in the movie!!

She will be joining a cast that also includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried.  I have to dig out my soundtrack and have a marathon!

Just because she’s my fave, here’s Lea Salonga singing a couple of Les Miz numbers.