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"A few minutes later, Jean Valjean (Hugh Panaro) sits behind the barricades during a student revolution and ever so tenderly sings the exquisite "Bring Him Home." Panaro's crystalline rendition of this musical prayer is a humbling reminder that theater, at its most exalting, is indeed a religious experience. Panaro registers again in Valjean's death scene, which (in true French tradition) is as flamboyantly maudlin as the final crescendo in Cyrano de Bergerac. When Valjean suggests that "to love another person is to see the face of God," Panaro's radiant sound instills Forest Park with grace. "



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