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Orestes Fasting

Meetup: Barricade Day 2010 in Paris

We have a website now!

(This idea started on the "Les Mis to be revamped" thread about the new UK/European tour, and kind of hijacked it so I'm giving it its own thread.)

So, as some of you may have noticed in the tour thread, Les Mis is going to be in Paris from late May to early July 2010. Which means it's going to be in Paris on 5 and 6 June, AKA Barricade Day. And it's at the Théâtre du Châtelet which is in central Paris very close to where most of the book's action takes place, and this is the show's 25th year, and we have an entire year to plan ahead. It's like the stars aligned for a Great Big Fan Meetup in Paris.

If you're at all interested in getting yourself to Paris on the 5th and 6th of June to see the show (it'll be in English btw), meet some other fans, and stand on the real-life actual Pont Notre-Dame imagining a guy in a greatcoat jumping off the quay, please reply to this thread! Even if you're not sure whether you can make it, I'd like to see how many people are interested.

This can be as simple or as elaborate as we want it to be--anything from an unofficial meetup to practically a full-on convention. It'll depend on how many people are interested and what y'all want to do. I'm going to be studying in Paris all year, so I can show people around and translate things and give the real-life version of the Mizzie Tour if desired.

Useful links:

Théâtre du Châtelet's 2009-2010 season - Les Misérables is already listed.

StudentUniverse - Massive discounts on airfare, train fare, hotels, car rentals, etc. for university students and faculty. I love this site; it got me a one-way plane ticket to Paris for about $350 including fees.

Kayak - Discount airfare and price comparison for those not affiliated with an institution of higher education

Budget hotels in Paris - Exactly what it says on the box.
Eppie-Sue

Smile Great idea to actually start a new thread and thanks for the info!

Okay, once again: count me in. I'm one of the fortunate ones who are already in Europe, so unlike many others that showed interest I won't even have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean but only across the Channel, so that won't be a problem.

As I said before, I have this amazing vision of dozens of Mizzies laying down flowers at the Pont Notre-Dame and rue Mondétour, wearing sideburns and red vests and waving flags, screaming "Down with Polignac!" and all.
Catherine

Yeah, erm, sort of pencil me in, because I don't know if I will have exams around that time, so not sure. But if I'm free up, you'll definitely see me there.
lesmisloony

If I get into the study abroad program I'm in, meaning I'll know for sure in... early April? Or something. I half-applied last year, so I know how to do most of the paperwork already...

A Les Mis convention. That would be... epic, for lack of a better word.
marlalp

Is anything known about the cast? Will it be the original production, or a revival?

I studied in Paris for a year, and would welcome an excuse to go back.
eponine5

I've heard that the JOJ might be doing at least the Cardiff part of the tour... if so I have to see it!

And I'd love to go to a mizzie meet up in Paris if only my exams were finished by that point...
Fantine

It sounds like a really cool idea... I'll only have to take the train to get there, and it would be lovely to visit Paris again! I'll keep it in the back of my mind Smile
CabaretGirl

I was plannig to return to Europe next summer if my budget allows me, so who knows?
Lara

If my plans that summer change, I'd definitely go.
Madeleine

That is a fantastic idea, and I would love to go.

I was in Paris in April and spent much of my time trailing around the city being a Les Mis geek. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Smile

It sort of depends on uni exams, but I doubt I would have them at a weekend. Think


Edit: Some of the cast has been confirmed: John Owen-Jones as Valjean, Earl Carpenter as Javert, and Gareth Gates as Marius.

The best link I can find at the moment is from Gareth Gates on Facebook.

Quote:
JOHN OWEN JONES TO STAR AS ‘JEAN VALJEAN’,
EARL CARPENTER AS ‘JAVERT’ AND GARETH GATES AS ‘MARIUS’
IN CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S
EXCITING NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF
THE WORLD’S LONGEST RUNNING MUSICAL
“LES MISÉRABLES”
EMBARKING ON A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL TOUR
COMMENCING IN THE UK
AT THE WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE CARDIFF
ON 11 DECEMBER 2009


http://www.facebook.com/GarethGates#/note.php?note_id=212979325176&ref=mf
flying_pigs

Gareth Gates.....as Marius......
Oh dear!
But, JOJ and Earl Very Happy Great pairing!
Madeleine

flying_pigs wrote:
Gareth Gates.....as Marius......
Oh dear!
But, JOJ and Earl Very Happy Great pairing!


I think Gareth will be great! I'm told he has a good voice. (and I was a big fan when he was on Pop Idol!)

Very happy about JOJ and Earl. A lot of people have wanted to see them in those roles together for a long time now. (myself included)
Eppie-Sue

Earl as Javert! Yay! And I love that I might actually get to see JOJ as Valjean, everybody's gushing over his performance so much...
Gareth Gates as Marius... meh. I have no real opinion of him, the only thing I actually associate with him is THIS and the fact that apparently he is Joseph right now. And I don't really trust actors who were in "Joseph" and enjoyed their time (which is mean).
Lola-Grace

Gareth Gates as Marius - this makes me wince for some reason. I was always rooting for Will Young...

He has silly spiky hair and Marius in my mind will always be a curly boy Mr. Green
flying_pigs

Yeah Joseph closed in May Razz
Well Alistair Brammer is a former Joseph and people seem to think he's ok, so I'll give Gareth a chance!
Lola-Grace

Well I'm off whoever it is Smile

Wish I could go to Paris, but Manchester is looking much more economically viable Sad
flying_pigs

John, Earl and Gareth confirmed by The Stage:

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/24856/gareth-gates-to-star-in-tour-of-les
kozafluitmusique

I'm going to try to see if I can be in Holland early June and hey I saw this Razz maybe if i do go to Holland then , I could take a train down.
What you own

kozafluitmusique wrote:
I'm going to try to see if I can be in Holland early June and hey I saw this Razz maybe if i do go to Holland then , I could take a train down.


It amazes be with Europe the distences. I mean it takes 8 hours just to go from Long Island to Upstate New York. And thats still in the same state! That is so cool. I have to keep reminding my self that.
Orestes Fasting

Hmmm. Obviously we can't plan too much until people's plans are more exact, but I'd like to get a general feel for how much organization everyone wants. We could just do it as everyone seeing the show and swinging by the stage door on the 5th and/or 6th, with optional Mizzie Tour activities during the day and dinner at the Cafe Procope or something. Very casual. We could have some sort of identifier, like "everyone who's here for the meetup wear a tricolor sash," and enlist fans with sewing skillz to make and sell the sashes. We could set up a PayPal collection for anyone who wants to pitch in, and use the proceeds to do something nice: I was thinking if we raised enough we could offer free drinks to any current or former cast members who show up and put up with a bunch of hyperactive fans, and if there's any left over (or if no cast member is crazy enough to take us up on it) we could put it towards dinner or museum fees or, I don't know, buying everyone souvenir t-shirts or something.

I don't want to drive anyone off by organizing this too tightly, but with a bit of extra planning we could have some cool additions to the meetup. So it's up to you guys how much extra planning you want.
mezzo_soprano

I'd love to go.

However I have no money.

(and I'm only 17.)
KatyRoseLand

I'm so in. It would be amazing. And I love the tricolor sash thing.
Eppie-Sue

I'm definitely thinking red vest/tricolor/flag on my part. I can't help it. And yes to Mizzie tour and yes to hyperactive fans. About the drinks, well, I don't have a PayPal account, but I think it's sweet and I would just hand in some cash once we meet up. But only if Enjolras is not being played by a pop star.
Orestes Fasting

Well, the nice thing about PayPal is it's fairly flexible--there's probably an address you can send cash or a check to to contribute to the fund.

And I wasn't thinking of the tour cast specifically, more like anyone who's been in a pro production. Former London barricade boys for example. Wink I just figure this is probably as close as the Les Mis fandom is going to come to having a convention, and while we won't have the funding and organization to snag celebrity guests like most conventions have, if enough people are willing we could issue a general invitation to current/former cast members on a more casual basis: "we can't really pay you to sit behind a table and sign autographs, but if you want to come chat about the show with a bunch of interested fans, drinks and/or dinner are on us." I don't know how likely that would be to actually happen, but I suppose the invitation is worth issuing.
lesmisloony

I'll help any way I can! I have some mediocre sewing skills and a pretty good machine. And I love the more-regulated idea. I reckon even if I don't get in to study abroad I'll probably do what I can to go to this event because it's a once-in-a-lifetime type thing.
Jolllly

Wow, I so want to do this...Been planning on going to Paris for years. And with all this, this being perfect Les Mis time to go this next year, being with other mizzies who know what they're doing in Paris and where to go and how to get there...That's amazing. Definitely gonna save up money and see how that works out. This is truly an awesome idea. Shocked

I'd love to help if I can, even if that's just by donating money.
Rose Des Enfers

Pencil me in too! I was going to apply to study in Russia next summer, but I suppose this would cost about the same and be just as educational Laughing
Orestes Fasting

Rose Des Enfers wrote:
Pencil me in too! I was going to apply to study in Russia next summer, but I suppose this would cost about the same and be just as educational Laughing


Oh heavens, don't change your study-abroad plans on our account. Laughing Maybe you could stop in Paris for a few days on your way there? It would sure beat sitting on planes/in airports for the, what, 18 hours it takes to get from the US to Russia.
eponine5

I have first-hand information about this tour!

- First of all, it seems like they are actually re-designing it. Actually.

- There will be no rotating stage so that'll be a big difference. I'm going to pretend it's because of their amazing artistic vision for the show rather than just to make it cheaper or fit in smaller theatres

- the same cast will do the entire tour, so JOJ will be in Paris

- There's good and bad news about the orchestrations:
good: It will be a bigger orchestra than in London
bad: I'm sure you've guessed already d'oh!
eliasatsalome

AAHHHH!!!!!! Im one of the poor souls who lives and asia and therefore cannot watch Les Miserables unless the tour plans to go to asia *ahemahemphilippinesahemahem*


SEND ME TO PARIS ON BARRICADE DAY!!!!
Mademoiselle Lanoire

eliasatsalome wrote:
AAHHHH!!!!!! Im one of the poor souls who lives and asia and therefore cannot watch Les Miserables unless the tour plans to go to asia *ahemahemphilippinesahemahem*


SEND ME TO PARIS ON BARRICADE DAY!!!!


Where in Asia? There have been plenty of productions in Japan - although I don't know if there's one ATM.
MlleTholomyès

Mademoiselle Lanoire wrote:
eliasatsalome wrote:
AAHHHH!!!!!! Im one of the poor souls who lives and asia and therefore cannot watch Les Miserables unless the tour plans to go to asia *ahemahemphilippinesahemahem*


SEND ME TO PARIS ON BARRICADE DAY!!!!


Where in Asia? There have been plenty of productions in Japan - although I don't know if there's one ATM.


In between the hacking cough, she mentions the Philippines.
Quique

So I'm guessing I'm gonna be the only dude there? :S
wtfchuck

If I'm free at the time I would absolutely love to come, chances are I'll be still finishing off at college then though Sad

Sounds like fun though. I'm looking forward to pictures of lots of red flags and crazed Mizzies. Mr. Green
Moci

Quique wrote:
So I'm guessing I'm gonna be the only dude there? :S


Hopefully not.
Orestes Fasting

Quique wrote:
So I'm guessing I'm gonna be the only dude there? :S


If you are, I'm sure there will be plenty of fangirls in barricade boy drag to keep you company.
Gargamel

Oh my G...

i was just saying to myself: it's been a while I haven't looked at musicals.net to read abour les misérables.

And I read that thread...
The idea of going to see Les Misérables in Théâtre du Châtelet just made my heart explode!!!

I really think I am going to plan a trip to Paris to see that.
I was in Paris last 5-6 june, and of course, I went on rue Mondétour to be there at that time.

There is only ONE thing that bugs me: It will not be in french! d'oh! Shocked
That would be quite odd to see Les Misérable in Paris and in English... Confused

But well.... THÉÂTRE DU CHÂTELET!!!! Very Happy
probably my favorite theatre in Paris... That place is just wonderful! It is a historical place! Applause
Stephany

I'm in! I'm so excited to hear that Les Mis is coming back to Paris and this seems the perfect opportunity for a big meeting! Can't wait to hear more about the cast.
Rose Des Enfers

Orestes Fasting wrote:
Rose Des Enfers wrote:
Pencil me in too! I was going to apply to study in Russia next summer, but I suppose this would cost about the same and be just as educational Laughing


Oh heavens, don't change your study-abroad plans on our account. Laughing Maybe you could stop in Paris for a few days on your way there? It would sure beat sitting on planes/in airports for the, what, 18 hours it takes to get from the US to Russia.

(Sorry it's several months later!)
My parents were kind of nervous about me studying in Russia anyway... maybe I'll study in England or Germany and slip over to France a few days Very Happy
Orestes Fasting

Question! Would anyone be interested in purchasing group tickets to one of the shows? Théâtre du Châtelet sells tickets at a 10-20% discount to groups of ten or more; there's less of a chance of getting good seats, and I'd have to book early (I'm thinking December at the latest), but we'd be in a big group of other fans.

Seven or eight people have already expressed interest elsewhere, so if I get a few responses here I'll go down to the theatre and ask about availability for 5 and 6 June.
KatyRoseLand

I think that would be a really good idea.
Stephany

Orestes Fasting - I'm in! I've already got my ticket for May 27 but would be thrilled to see it again with a group of fans. Let us know if there's anything we can do to help you with the organization.
lizavert

Definitely interested. Anything that makes this trip a little easier on me.
jdeng

I may need a ticket or two, pls give me a shout when you have decided to go booking, either for the show or travel tickets. Thanks in advance!
Orestes Fasting

Okay, I've been in contact with the Théâtre du Châtelet. We are probably going to be booking side/rear balcony tickets for €38, and we will be split into groups of four or six.

If you're definitely in for group tickets, please send an email to barricadeday2010@gmail.com to say you're in. Include your forum username and, if you feel comfortable doing so, your real name. (I promise I will keep it private.)

Go ahead and email if you want group seats but your travel plans aren't 100% sure. The tickets will most likely be transferable, so if it turns out you can't make it, another fan can reimburse you the cost of the ticket and go in your place.
Lauraa

Sad I’d love to go but my parents don't want me to go to Paris by myself with a bunch of people I don’t know...

Buuuut I will try to persuade them, when are you likely to book the tickets?
Fantine

Wow... I really need to look it up and see where I could stay if I go to Paris and how much it would cost me... I would love to go.
Didn't you post something about hostels earlier, Orestes?
Orestes Fasting

I've booked the tickets for the evening of June 6th. At the moment there are about five places still available in the group; the final price is 36€ per ticket. Send off an email to barricadeday2010@gmail.com if you want one, and I'll send you a PayPal request for the cost of the ticket.

The theatre needs to be paid by the end of the month, which means I need to have everyone's ticket money by the 23rd or so.

And again, the nice thing about group tickets is they don't have your name attached. Which means that if your plans change and you can't make it to Paris, another fan can buy your ticket off you.

Fantine: I don't know much about hostels in Paris, but I know of a couple cheap hotels, and I'm sure many hotel- and apartment-sharing agreements will be worked out soon between the people who are going.
Quique

I wish to go.

I'm quite...small. I can fit snugly in various medium sized carry ons and tote bags. I don't snore and will be happy to sleep in the hotel closet or bathtub.

I kid.


Well, kinda.



Not really. :S
Orestes Fasting

Quique wrote:
I wish to go.

I'm quite...small. I can fit snugly in various medium sized carry ons and tote bags. I don't snore and will be happy to sleep in the hotel closet or bathtub.

I kid.


Well, kinda.



Not really. :S


Awwww, Quique. You're welcome to crash on my floor!

No really. If you can make it to Paris, my floor will totally be open for people to crash on.
Orestes Fasting

Sorry to double-post, but just in case anyone is still interested: there are still a handful of group tickets left. Please don't hesitate to grab them if you're interested--I set a deadline of this week based on the fact that I need to pay the theatre by the end of the month, but the cost of the unclaimed tickets is just going to come temporarily out of my bank account until I can find people who want them.

So, to reiterate: Sunday June 6th, evening show, €36 a ticket. Shoot off an email to barricadeday2010@gmail.com if you want one.
kemathenga

Are these plans all settled by now?
Quique

Is this still happening?

I was planning on going to London either early August or mid-September. I was doubtful I'd have enough saved by early June, so I pretty much put the idea out of my mind. After much thought, I figured I could do it but I'd have to seriously cut back and live like a miser for the next 4 months if I plan on making it.

I could've gone as early as March but I have to get a couple of debts out of the way first. *Sniff*
Orestes Fasting

Quique wrote:
Is this still happening?

I was planning on going to London either early August or mid-September. I was doubtful I'd have enough saved by early June, so I pretty much put the idea out of my mind. After much thought, I figured I could do it but I'd have to seriously cut back and live like a miser for the next 4 months if I plan on making it.

I could've gone as early as March but I have to get a couple of debts out of the way first. *Sniff*


It's still happening. I just haven't been posting much about it, mostly out of embarrassment, because

1. I should have the website online by now. I really, really should. It's almost done.
2. The theatre went incommunicado on me re: the group tickets as soon as I sent the payment in, and I need to harass them about it. In formal business French. *hides under desk*

But yes, it's still happening.

Edit: And just so nobody panics about where the money for their group ticket went: either I harass them and they agree to deposit the money order and give us the tickets, or I harass them and they refuse to give me the tickets and I get the money order reimbursed. Either way we all get either tickets or money back.
kemathenga

We were thinking about going to PAris but, would you believe it, it's much easier and cheaper to go to London from here than to France, so, we'll probably have to postpone Paris for when my ships come in. But I'm looking forward to your reviews. Smile
Orestes Fasting

Update on the theatre: sent them a very formal, very polite "stop jerking me around and tell me what's going on" email, with a bit of help from my study-abroad program director. Who reassured me that it's probably normal, since she had to make a group booking at the Paris opera and they didn't contact her or send her the tickets for ages.

So, source of embarrassment #1 has been dealt with. Now I just need to get the website up.
Quique

Don't worry, Oresteshon, nothing's more embarrassing than hyping up and promising the forum your thrice delayed super-amazing orchestral backing track project...and barely putting the finishing touches on ONE song three months later. Not to mention, failing to post any updates at all during that time. EmbarassedMad

Not that I think people are waiting around. Please, they know me better than that. Laughing

But ya, don't worry. You're doing a super job. =)
beyondthebarricade

ME! I'm going to London in the summer to see Les Mis, and I definitely wouldn't mind Paris. I NEED to visit Montreuil Sur-Mer. Oh my gosh I really really need to see the Les Mis in tour, and what better place than Paris?

COUNT ME IN Very Happy
I'd really like to see how this goes.
Quique

Looks like RandomLesMisDude isn't gonna make it. Damn you, Barricade Day, if only you had occurred a couple months later. :S

But I'll still be invading London. And the Queen's. And all that jazzzzzzzzz.
Orestes Fasting

The website is finally online!

http://www.chanvrerie.net/barricadeday/index.html
beyondthebarricade

Count me out D:
I thought it was just some low scale meet up outside the theater and after that stagedooring and stuff, but it's like...whoa. This Barricade Day thing looks crazy and fierce. I guess I'll just spend the summer in London or something and watch the West End cast every night instead. Sad
Orestes Fasting

Awww, really? Sad It's not going to be huge--twenty or thirty people maybe. I'm just trying to organize it liekwhoa because unlike London meetups, it'll be twenty or thirty people who don't know each other or live in/near the city.

You could just come to the show and stagedoor and skip all the crazy stuff.
beyondthebarricade

Oh yeah, that's an option. Plus I've already been to Victor Hugo's house and all. I'm considering staying in London to watch the West End one because by June it'll be cast change and I really need to see them as much as possible before they leave. But damn I want to see Earl Carpenter. Okay. So let's say I decide to go after all, when do I have to let you know by? Or is it already too late?
Stephany

This meeting is an excellent initiative. I'm booking my tickets for June 5th (evening show) and will definitely come to the Mizzie tour + café Procope. Looking forward to meeting you all!
jdeng

Orestes Fasting wrote:
The website is finally online!

http://www.chanvrerie.net/barricadeday/index.html


Presumably, names on the guest list on this website are those who will do some extra fun stuff with you, rather than all those who have booked their tickets via you.

BW!
Orestes Fasting

Well, I certainly wouldn't be objecting if you signed the guest list too. Laughing

Tickets arrived in the mail last week! I think I will hold onto them and distribute them once we're there, to facilitate any ticket swaps that might happen and to minimize lost-ticket accidents.

I might be contacting the Café Procope within the next few weeks, so if you want to be in on that, please do RSVP!
Eli

Sorry I can't be there that weekend. Thought I may be able to but instead I have an invite to the press night (28 May) and the after show party.

As I am also in Paris 13-16 May I think another trip so soon may be a little bit too much!

Am sure you will all have a great weekend

Eli
x
Stephany

Orestes Fasting, do you have any tickets left to sell? I might be interested by one or two of those Smile
Orestes Fasting

I don't, alas. There were only fifteen of them and they went quickly.
Stephany

That's alright, thanks anyway. Where are you all sitting so I can buy a ticket not too far from the group?
Quique

They are sitting in nosebleed section. Twisted Evil

I'll be front row orchestra center and shall wave at them mockingly. Twisted EvilTwisted Evil

Nah, I don't know where they're sitting or even if I'm going. But I'd like to pretend I'm going just..cause I'm weird like that. :S
MlleTholomyès

I think they're in row BB.
Eponines_Hat

Does anyone know if the Chatelet does refunds on its tickets? My friend who was coming along can't go anymore and would really like a refund on her £100 ticket.....
Eli

Not a chance of a refund - unless she took out cancellation insurance!! Technically can't be sold to someone else but I have never had identity checked to a ticket in Paris so maybe she could sell it to someone else.
Eponines_Hat

Yeah, I figured. Oh, well - thanks for the tip!!!
Eponines_Hat

Ok, sorry about the double post, but i just noticed that Jon Robyns has posted his holiday dates asthe 4th 5th and 6th of June.

$%^*!!!!!!
Orestes Fasting

Okay guys, as the date approaches I need to get a final headcount of who's coming so I can make restaurant reservations and find out if we need to get group rates for museums and stuff.

SO!

Please check off which of the following apply to you:

[ ] I am coming to Paris for Barricade Day and desire to meet other fans at some point!
[ ] I'm going to the evening show on June 5th
[ ] I'm going to the evening show on June 6th
[ ] I'm going to one of the matinees (a lot of our nerdy activities will probably conflict with the matinees, but if a lot of people are going we can arrange to swing by the stage door afterwards and all meet up)
[ ] I want to have lunch with other fans at the Cafe Procope, either on the 5th or the 6th (if you have a distinct preference feel free to specify)
[ ] I want to do the Mizzie Tour
[ ] I want to go to Montfermeil (in the Paris suburbs and accessible by public transport, will probably be a half-day thing)
[ ] I want to go to Montreuil-sur-Mer (a few hours' train ride from Paris, near Calais, will probably be a day trip either Friday the 4th or Monday the 7th)
[ ] Other (please specify)
KatyRoseLand

[Yes!] I am coming to Paris for Barricade Day and desire to meet other fans at some point!
[No Sad] I'm going to the evening show on June 5th
[Yes Very Happy ] I'm going to the evening show on June 6th
[Nope] I'm going to one of the matinees (a lot of our nerdy activities will probably conflict with the matinees, but if a lot of people are going we can arrange to swing by the stage door afterwards and all meet up)
[6th please!] I want to have lunch with other fans at the Cafe Procope, either on the 5th or the 6th (if you have a distinct preference feel free to specify)
[If it's sometime between the 6th and the 8th!] I want to do the Mizzie Tour
[See above] I want to go to Montfermeil (in the Paris suburbs and accessible by public transport, will probably be a half-day thing)
[Probably, if it's on Monday] I want to go to Montreuil-sur-Mer (a few hours' train ride from Paris, near Calais, will probably be a day trip either Friday the 4th or Monday the 7th)
[Nothing I can think of!] Other (please specify)

I'm so excited.
My sister and I are going to Disneyland some of the time while we're there as well, but we'll come to as much Les Mis stuff as we can!
coloneldespard

Orestes Fasting has her hands full at the moment, and has been trying to organise the Barricade Day events on top of her studies. I’ve volunteered to arrange the Procope booking to take some of the burden off her.

So I need the following:

1. An RSVP if you’re intending to come (erm…obviously!)

2. What time do you want to eat? We could do 6:30 and barely have an hour to eat, we could hurry to the restaurant right after the show lets out and have dinner at 11:30, or we could do lunch instead.

What day would you prefer, June 5 or June 6?

Or, we could meet there for dinner at, say, 7.00 pm on June 4 or 7 and take our time.

I want to get the booking in with an indication of numbers well before I leave, so I’ll need responses by Monday, 24 May in case any problems arise before I fly out on 27 May. I’ll check emails when I can after that date if any issues arise with anyone, and will reconfirm the numbers with the Procope when I get to Paris around the 1st June.

Send responses to coloneldespardATlive.com.au

KatyRoseLand, I'll take your response into account Smile
l'ivrogne transfiguré

Ooh, hello! Smile

Will let you know.
KatyRoseLand

coloneldespard wrote:

KatyRoseLand, I'll take your response into account Smile


Cool, thanks! Smile
Stephany

I also sent you an email Coloneldespart. Many thanks for organizing this

[YES, I live in Paris but would love to meet other fans] I am coming to Paris for Barricade Day and desire to meet other fans at some point!
[NO] I'm going to the evening show on June 5th
[NO] I'm going to the evening show on June 6th
[NO] I'm going to one of the matinees (a lot of our nerdy activities will probably conflict with the matinees, but if a lot of people are going we can arrange to swing by the stage door afterwards and all meet up)
[YES, on the 5th] I want to have lunch with other fans at the Cafe Procope, either on the 5th or the 6th (if you have a distinct preference feel free to specify)
[YES] I want to do the Mizzie Tour
[NO] I want to go to Montfermeil (in the Paris suburbs and accessible by public transport, will probably be a half-day thing)
[NO] I want to go to Montreuil-sur-Mer (a few hours' train ride from Paris, near Calais, will probably be a day trip either Friday the 4th or Monday the 7th)
[ ] Other (please specify) Very Happy
lesmisloony

Hello everyone at MdN! Long time, no see. And stuff.

I'm doing the sashes for the Barricade Day meetup (like, five dollars or euros if you want one) and wanted to finalise my head count. If you haven't got a livejournal or don't check it much, I have a poll for you that would make buying supplies easiest for me:
http://community.livejournal.com/barricadeday/3584.html

If you DO NOT have a livejournal and ARE coming to Barricade Day and DO WANT A SASH, please comment to that post (you can comment anonymously without an account, I think) and tell me the username I probably know you buy and that you want a sash. I need to know how much fabric to buy. Thanks!
Orestes Fasting

Here is a tentative plan for how the tour is going to pan out on Barricade Day weekend:

Saturday Morning
Latin Quarter: Rue de l'Ouest, Eglise Saint Jacques du Haut Pas, Jardin du Luxembourg, Panthéon, and of course the erstwhile Café Musain
Saturday Lunch
Why, the Quality Burger Restaurant of Revolutionary French Fries that's sitting where the Musain would've been!
Saturday Afternoon
Carnavalet (History of Paris museum), Rue de l'Homme-Armé, Rue de la Verrerie, Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Merry, and.... dun dun dunnn... the barricade!
Saturday Dinner
There are a billion and one places to eat near the Rue Mondétour, of all qualities and price ranges, so we can scatter to the four winds and regroup at the theatre in the evening (it's within walking distance, or one Metro stop away).

Sunday Morning
Saint-Marcel (Gorbeau tenement, Field of the Lark, neighborhood around Les Gobelins), probably a trip to the Rue Plumet if there's time.
Sunday Lunch
Café Procope!
Sunday Afternoon
The other half of the Marais tour: Rue des Filles-du-Calvaire if there's time, Place de la Bastille, Victor Hugo museum, a specialty absinthe shop, Eglise Saint-Paul, the former site of La Force.
Sunday Dinner
The Marais tour ends right next to the Rue des Rosiers, which is one of the most important spots for Jewish heritage in Paris... and has the best falafel joints in the city.

Javert's suicide took place literally right where the theatre is, so we don't need to block out a special time for it--you can go take a walk there during intermission if you like.

For those interested, Montfermeil and/or the sewer museum will be on Friday or Monday.

This is just a sketch of whatall will be going on throughout the weekend, not an obligation to go along for the whole thing. I'll be posting specific meeting places and times once I've got the tour fine-tuned, so anyone is welcome to join up midway through or drop out midway through or wander off to chase pretty butterflies and rejoin us later.
l'ivrogne transfiguré

Orestes Fasting wrote:
Javert's suicide took place literally right where the theatre is, so we don't need to block out a special time for it--you can go take a walk there during intermission if you like.


I am rather amused (and very guilty of this myself) by the way Les Mis fans just take the canon to be history. I know I always say things like "This is where Valjean did such and such", "This is where a particular Les Mis character died". It always takes others to remind me that they are, in fact, not real people. Laughing
Orestes Fasting

Fine, fine, would've taken place. Laughing We all know it didn't really happen and it's just shorthand. At least, I hope so.

(No matter how crazy Les Mis fans get, at least we've all passed the essential litmus test for fan sanity: "Well, if one of the characters jumped off a bridge, would you?")
Eli

Just back from Paris and Les Mis - all I can say is 'WOW'. Fantastic theatre and fabulous show - a standing ovation which is unusual for Paris.

I am sure you will all have a great time.

A little teaser - a radio show that was on today in Paris

http://sites.radiofrance.fr/francemusique/em/rue/emission.php?e_id=65000060&d_id=410000845&arch=1

On the right hand side click on '>emission du dimanche 30 mai'

and it will play in a new window.

I won't say much about the actual show so as not to spoil your experiences - but I enjoyed it so much that I am planning on going back for the last performance.

Eli
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l'ivrogne transfiguré

Eli wrote:
I won't say much about the actual show so as not to spoil your experiences - but I enjoyed it so much that I am planning on going back for the last performance.


Loads of people on here have already seen it, and there have been some very detailed reviews. It would be interesting to hear what you thought in more detail, especially as there have been a lot of very negative reviews on here. (Although, the Revamped thread would be more appropriate.)
Orestes Fasting

MEETING PLACES FOR THE TOURS

How to recognize the group: There will probably be people in tricolor sashes and period costume running around. Here's a picture of me. Yes, my hair is still that color, and yes, it tends to stand out in a crowd.

FRIDAY, 4th JUNE

Sewer museum: 11:00 AM; meet at the left-bank side of the Pont de l'Alma.

Montfermeil: Meeting place TBA; I need to find a good landmark for a meeting spot near the Gare Saint-Lazare. Will probably be around 1:30 PM; bring a picnic lunch! (Or, you know, eat beforehand and look on jealously as everyone else sets up camp with their bread and ham and wine next to the Fontaine Jean Valjean.)

SATURDAY, 5th JUNE

Latin Quarter: 10:00 AM by the fountain at the very southern tip of the Jardin du Luxembourg (link goes to Google maps). The closest Métro is the Port-Royal RER station (line B); the fountain is directly behind you as you exit the station. If you're coming from the Jardin du Luxembourg, just keep going south until you hit a fountain in front of a giant intersection.
Things we'll be seeing: Jardin du Luxembourg, Rue de l'Ouest (one of Valjean and Cosette's houses), Église Saint Jacques du Haut Pas (a church Hugo has Valjean attending), the Café Musain/ABC Café, some sites related to the convent and the nocturnal Javert-Valjean chase in the book.

Panthéon: 12 noon on the steps of the Panthéon.
What we'll be seeing: Victor Hugo's tomb.

Lunch: 1:00 PM at the Quality Burger Restuarant on the Place Edmond Rostand, just down the street from the Panthéon.
What we'll be seeing: As near as anyone can tell, this is where the Café Musain would have been.

Marais: 3:00 PM in the courtyard of the Musée Carnavalet, the Parisian history museum. Note that this is the courtyard off the Rue de Sévigné entrance, NOT the garden. If you find yourself in Carnavalet via a nice formal garden with a giant gate on the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, exit and go around the corner to the Rue de Sévigné. There you will find the main entrance, the bookshop, and a stone courtyard with a statue of Louis XIV, which is where we're meeting.
What we'll be seeing: French Revolution, 1830 Revolution, and Romantic-era history at Carnavalet; Valjean's lodgings in the Rue de l'Homme-Armé; Marius' lodgings with Courfeyrac in the Rue de la Verrerie; the Hôtel de Ville; Saint-Merri, where the real 1832 revolt took place; the site of the barricade.

(Note: If you can't make it to Carnavalet but are still interested in seeing the site of the barricade, catch us up at the Église Saint-Merri, on the steps of the Rue Saint-Martin entrance, around 4:30 or 5:00. It's the last tour stop before the site of the barricade.)

Dinner: The site of the barricade is at Les Halles, which has a zillion and one places to eat, so I'm sure you can find something

Les Mis: The show is at 8:00 PM at the Théâtre du Châtelet; try to get there by 7:30 just to be safe.

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SUNDAY, 6th JUNE

Faubourg Saint-Marcel: 10:00 AM in front of the 13th arrondissement town hall, at the Place d'Italie. Take the Metro (line 5, 6, or 7) to Place d'Italie and look for exit 4, "Mairie du XVIIIeme," or just exit wherever and find the official-looking building between the Avenue des Gobelins and the Blvd de l'Hôpital.
What we'll be seeing: The Gorbeau tenement, the Field of the Lark, various and sundry places related to the history of the area

Rue Plumet: 11:45 AM at the exit of the St-François-Xavier Métro stop (line 13).
What we'll be seeing: The former Rue Plumet, and a little surprise...

Lunch: 1:00 PM at the Café Procope; meet at 12:45 under the statue of Danton outside the Odéon Métro stop (line 4 or 10).

More Marais: 3:00 PM at the corner of the Rue des Filles du Calvaire and the Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire. Have a Métro/bus ticket handy, since we'll be taking the bus to Bastille.
What we'll be seeing: Marius' grandfather's apartment, the Place de la Bastille (Napoléon's elephant, the July Column, and oh, yeah, that business with the French Revolution)

Victor Hugo museum: 3:30 PM in front of the museum at 6, Place des Vosges. Entry to the permanent collection is free and the museum is small, so if you're late you should be able to catch up to us.

Even more Marais: 5:00 on the steps of the Eglise Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis
What we'll be seeing: The site of Marius and Cosette's wedding, the site of the former prison of La Force where Thénardier was locked up

Dinner: Falafel in the Rue des Rosiers

Les Mis: 8:00 at the Théâtre du Châtelet, try to get there by 7:30.
IF YOU HAVE A GROUP TICKET: I will be out there starting at 7:00 to hand them out.
mezzo_soprano

I LOVE the hair.

And I'm really sad that I am not going to this. . .
l'ivrogne transfiguré

Roughly what time are you looking at getting back from Montfermeil?
jdeng

I do not speak French, and just wonder if this ODM was from the 25 tour cast, or from one of the previous casts.

Eli wrote:
Just back from Paris and Les Mis - all I can say is 'WOW'. Fantastic theatre and fabulous show - a standing ovation which is unusual for Paris.

I am sure you will all have a great time.

A little teaser - a radio show that was on today in Paris

http://sites.radiofrance.fr/francemusique/em/rue/emission.php?e_id=65000060&d_id=410000845&arch=1

On the right hand side click on '>emission du dimanche 30 mai'

and it will play in a new window.

I won't say much about the actual show so as not to spoil your experiences - but I enjoyed it so much that I am planning on going back for the last performance.

Eli
x
Orestes Fasting

l'ivrogne transfiguré wrote:
Roughly what time are you looking at getting back from Montfermeil?


No idea, actually. Late afternoon/early evening I suppose.
Quique

I can't believe I'm missing this. *sob*

I shall plan a similar event for when the tour comes to L.A.! There shall be sashes, John Cameron commemorative buttons, we'll play pin the tail on the producer, and Grantaire drinking games! Now, who's with me?! Smile

*crickets*
l'ivrogne transfiguré

Orestes Fasting wrote:
l'ivrogne transfiguré wrote:
Roughly what time are you looking at getting back from Montfermeil?


No idea, actually. Late afternoon/early evening I suppose.


Cool. It's just that I'm seeing the show that evening as well. I can always head back separately if necessary, of course.
lovesinging

Quique wrote:
I can't believe I'm missing this. *sob*

I shall plan a similar event for when the tour comes to L.A.! There shall be sashes, John Cameron commemorative buttons, we'll play pin the tail on the producer, and Grantaire drinking games! Now, who's with me?! Smile

*crickets*


Umm, come to the Eastern U.S. and wait 'till I'm 21 for the drinking games and I'm in!
kemathenga

Quique wrote:

I shall plan a similar event for when the tour comes to L.A.! There shall be sashes, John Cameron commemorative buttons, we'll play pin the tail on the producer, and Grantaire drinking games! Now, who's with me?! Smile

*crickets*[/color]


Well, Quique, now you got me being envious for not coming to the U.S., too. How much envy can a person live with Wink . Grantaire drinking games sounds lovely. What stuff were you thinking of and what about the cheese?

BTW, we - Myriel and I - just realized that our son/brother who always scoffs at Les Miserables is going to be in Paris THIS VERY WEEKEND. He fully enjoyed having his mother and sister glare at him across the breakfast table. He even had the nerve to say playing Beethoven and Apocalyptica (that's what he's going to do) is better music than Boublil/Schönberg. Twisted Evil
Orestes Fasting

Meeting point for the Montfermeil trip is going to be the turnstile of the RER line E, in the Saint-Lazare Metro station, at 1:30pm on Friday (tomorrow). Bring a picnic lunch.

From lines 3, 13, or 14 of the Métro: follow the signs for the RER line E until you get to the turnstiles and ticket windows.
From line 12 of the Métro: DO NOT FOLLOW THE SIGNS FOR THE RER, it will dump you out at a different entrance. Either follow the signs to the other Metro lines and then follow the RER signs from there, or (easier and less prone to error) change to line 14 at Madeleine, one stop away from Saint-Lazare, and take line 14 into Saint-Lazare.
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