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The Soundtrack That Inspired Me | Tom Hooper on The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
Tom Hooper on The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg

"The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg was a key inspiration for Les Misérables. Along with Tommy and Evita, it’s one of only three sung-through musicals that I’m aware of, and I like it because it has this disjunct between the singing form and the ordinary realism of the setting. I found that incredibly exciting and energising. It’s a through-sung musical that starts with a garage mechanic going into a changing room and getting changed for a date. It made me realise that the very thing that might frighten you about musicals – the fact that the singing doesn’t fit – creates a very interesting tension at the heart of what you’re doing."

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