Friday, August 30, 2013

An Interview About One of My Favorite Subjects

Eva and Sierra wrote a musical for the barricade boys awhile ago and are giving it out to those who want to read it (such as me).  I really enjoyed reading it and am thrilled to announce that I'm hosting an interview with Eva!  Here it is.

1.       Who is your favorite barricade boy and why?  Hmmmm...this is a really tough question, simply because I love them all.  However, I would have to say that Jehan is my favorite followed very closely by Enjolras and Combeferre.  The reason that Jehan is my favorite is because he's so kind and gentle and he writes poetry and plays the flute and he's the only barricade boy that Victor Hugo said believed in God.  Cool, right?

2.       What is your favorite of the reworked songs?  Definitely Combeferre's solo - 'Light'.  I love it because it's set to the the tune of 'Stars' (from the original musical) and it really suits 'Ferre perfectly.

3.       Is “Barricade Boys: the Musical” a working title or the real one?  If it’s a working title, do you have any other titles in mind?  It's the real title.  I think it fits it well and anyone who's a fan of Les Mis would get the connection instantly.

4.       What was the most difficult part of making this musical?  I think it would be hard to pinpoint a difficult part, because the whole thing went so well.  Working with Sierra (the co-author) was really easy and we had so much fun collaborating on this.

5.       What was the easiest/most fun part?  It was probably re-working the original songs and finding ways to slip bits of the brick into the plot/lyrics.  Not everyone will catch our little hints, but they're there all the same.

6.       How did you get the idea of a Barricade Boys Musical?  Well, Sierra and I were lamenting the fact that the barricade boys hardly get any attention these days and one of us (I think it was Sierra, but I'm not sure) suggested, half-jokingly, that they should have their own musical.  The idea stuck in my mind and the next day, I wrote out the bare bones of the idea.  then we started re-working songs and adding all sorts of other details. 

7.       About how long did it take to get BBM finished?  I'm not quite sure, but I know it was less than a month.  Probably two or three weeks.  We were actually working under a deadline because we wanted to release the musical the same day that the Les Miserables 2012 movie came out on DVD.  We were able to :)

8.       If you could get any Les Mis cast that ever was to perform this, would you stick with the cast you have (the movie cast) or mix and match? (In other words, what’s your dream cast?)  I wouldn't want to break up the movie's cast of barricade boys because they were all amazing.  So they're my dream cast.

9.       If you were a boy, which part would you like to take?  Or would you rather be Eponine?  I'd rather be Eponine.  I mean, she gets to fall in love with Enjolras!  What could be better than that?

10.   What are your future plans for this musical?  Well, in our dreams, we'd love to see it actually performed on Broadway/West End, but I doubt that'll happen any time soon (mostly because of copyright laws and the fact that neither of us is rich enough to finance such a thing).  We'll just keep giving it out to members of the fandom and letting them enjoy it.  We may write a full-out screenplay someday, but that'll have to wait for a while as we're both very busy at the moment.

If you're interested in reading it, you can email Eva and Sierra at
Thanks, Eva! :)


Eva said...

Thanks for hosting this interview, Miss Jane :) I really enjoyed all the pictures you added ;)

Miss Jane Bennet said...

Thanks! I edited the Enjonine picture myself. :)