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So question for my Les Mis people. Why is there such attachment to the turntable?
Not criticizing it, just curious as to why it seems to be the first thing people bring up when they talk original vs 25th.
It was such a focal point, without really being a focal point, with the staging of the original show. And I recall a big deal was always made about it with the tours, with adapting stages for it.
It became inextricably linked to idea of Les Mis. What would Phantom be without the chandelier, or Miss Saigon without the helicopter? :)
My only thing with that is that both the helicopter and chandelier are linked directly to the show’s plot, and without it, they would have to change lines in the show or important plot points. Look what happened with Phantom’s 25th anniversary UK Tour where the chandelier barely moved. Without the helicopter in Miss Saigon, wouldn’t a climactic scene just be really awkward?
And the turntable is definitely a great bit of design and staging, but it’s not needed to progress the story. I understand the appeal and how cool it is, but if the show can play effectively without it, why such criticism when it’s taken away and replaced with other stunning effects?
Agreed, I think a more appropriate analogy would be Chandelier/Helicopter is to Phantom/Miss Saigon as barricade is to Les Miz. The turntable is more of a technical feature than anything else.
That being said, I still prefer the turn table after seeing the restaged production. Do I refuse to accept the new staging just because it’s not there? Of course not. I think there are merits to both productions but after catching the show last week, it really cemented what I liked so much about it. The turntable is a visually engaging set piece that keeps constant movement in the show during transitions and blackouts. With it, it never felt like there was a hard pause in the show while they were changing scenes and it made for very fluid focus shifts.
I maintain my stance that the turntable is flipping awesome, BUT so is the turntable-less production that’s on Broadway right now. I might prefer the original, but I don’t think the lack of it detracts too significantly from the experience because the rest of the staging has been changed to accommodate it and they did very well in that respect.
My personal feeling is that the turntable is an important feature, without simply being a technical feature. Does it move the story along? No. But the very act of the revolve - of turning - is a reminder throughout the show of the cyclical nature of life, the way that everything is connected (a circle without end). The song Turning (which, yes, is one of my favourite parts) is a culmination of the revolves throughout the show. ‘Nothing changes, nothing ever will.’ ‘Round and round and back where you began.’
That’s not to say that I don’t think the show would work without it. It absolutely would. But it does have a strong thematic function in the show.
Again, just my personal feeling and interpretation.
agreed that the turntable serves both a technical and a thematic function. there a lot of time and location jumps in les mis. the constant motion of the turntable aids in the transition for scenes that otherwise would have felt jumpy. to quote “the complete book of “les miserables”, les mis “required stylised, rapid changes of scene — from the gaol to the worker’s fields to the inns to the bishopric of Digne — which in turn, determined trevor nunn’s inspired use of what came to be the revolving stage.”
thematically, as sparks said, the turntable gives a circle-of-life message — that time flows, that people change, that revolutions, however bloody they may be, are called progress. and to a musical like les mis where half the songs are technically reprises, motifs abound, and the silverware in the prologue reappears in the epilogue, a turntable wraps it all up in a nice bow.