Saturday, January 19, 2008

Gavroche

Gavroche on Broadway 2003 (Andrew Hoeft?).

Little Gavroche makes one pretty interesting character. I was especially impressed after seeing him in a live production (London), where Gavroche almost works at the narrator. This little boy, who seems to be living on the street all on his own, is very much at home there, keeps an eye out for everything, and seems to know everything that's going on.

It's obvious that he looks up to Enjolras, and would do anything to be part of the revolution. He seems convinced that he can be just as good as any of the other students, and that he can be of help. Of course he really is - especially when he reveals Javert's identity to the others.

His family is rather unknown to me. I've read several websites where people claim he is the little brother of Eponine (and son of the Thénardiers), but I just find that very hard to believe. I haven't read the book since I was little, so I really don't remember if that's true or not. If he really was Eponine's brother, wouldn't she be more responsible for him? Send him home, instead of letting him hang out on the barricade? If Eponine is Gavroche's sister, why doesn't he say that? (He does tell us who Eponine is ("That's Eponine, she knows her way about") so it would make sense if he pointed out that's his sister). I remember from the book that Eponine has a younger sister (Azelma), but I don't remember any mentioning of a little brother. I will have to make sure to read the book again really soon.
Also - in the original French version of the musical (1980) Gavroche clearly states that he doesn't have a mother or a father. So as far as I'm concerned that means he's not the son of the Thénardiers. (Plus if he was, Thénardier would for sure be using him as a little thief - which they don't seem to be doing).

It's really amazing how a little boy who must have had a really hard life seems to have such a strong spirit! As far as he's concerned he's the king of his world!

There have been so many talented Gavroches, but my favourite is probably Ian Tucker (Original London Cast, 1985), who's just perfect! He also gets to sing a much greater version of the song Little People. The boy I saw in London in 2006 (Jordan Grehs?) was also really great; what a talented little actor! I also really like both French Gavroches - Fabrice Benard (1980) and Alexis Tomassian (1991). Although I think pretty much all the Gavroches I've seen/heard have been great!

It's very difficult to pick a favourite Gavroche-scene. I really just like how he always is up to something! His announcement that Javert is a liar is wonderful! And of course the death scene is among the saddest theatre moments ever.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Dakota said...

aww, Gavroche!
He's one of my favorite Les Miz characters! :-)

January 19, 2008 8:32 PM  
Blogger The Darkest Night said...

Cool! :) I like him a lot too!

January 19, 2008 8:34 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wonderful entry - Gavroche is a REALLY interesting character!
Intresting discussion about his family, I have also heard that he would be the son of the Thénardiers (thereby Eponine's brother), but as you say, it's not played out at all in the musical! I never seem to find the time to read the book, but it would be interesting to know what that says! :)

January 23, 2008 7:46 AM  
Blogger spinninglovelydays said...

Gavroche is one of my favorites too. Such spirit! I always want to go into the story and adopt him and save him from a young death.

May 26, 2008 9:48 PM  
Blogger The Darkest Night said...

Jessica: thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed reading it! (So sorry I'm late at replying).

yeah i really hope I will have some time to read the book this summer...and find out the truth about Gavroche! :)

May 29, 2008 5:49 PM  
Blogger The Darkest Night said...

Spinninglovelydays:
i know EXACTLY what you mean! LOL that's just how I felt when I saw it London two years ago... like going up on stage, and just kidnap him - for his own good ;)
just couldn't believe they had to shoot him!! even though I know the story, I couldn't believe they had the heart to shoot THAT Gavroche!

May 29, 2008 5:51 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Hey again! :)

Just wanted to say that since I LOVE reading this blog, I've given a blog award to you:
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Take care, and talk to you soon!
*hugs*

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January 19, 2009 12:57 AM  
Blogger John said...

I believe that in the original book Gavroche was her brother but in the musical they changed his character to a street-wise kid.

March 27, 2011 5:49 PM  

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