I Scened A Scene – A Les Miserables Parody

Overthinking It proudly presents our musical tribute to our favorite scene in Les Misérables.

The passion. The spectacle. The music that shaped a generation. Les Misérables. Is the name. Of that musical. Which is also a movie.

Overthinking It proudly presents our musical tribute to our favorite scene in Les Misérables*, Anne Hathaway’s ascent to a cathartic height of pathos in “I Dreamed a Dream” — and to her brave, enduring, tragic struggle from actor, to star, to star actor, and to whatever comes next. For in the life’s work of the thespian, a truly great scene lives in you and consumes you for a moment, then is gone, leaving you with only echoes of remembrance.

We give you “I Scened a Scene”:


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Vocals by Vira Slywotzky
Lyrics by Pete Fenzel
Video by Mark Lee


There was a time when parts were grand
And the songs were deep
And the text had texture.
There was time when this was art,
And the world was a stage,
And the stage was rapture.
There was a time,
Then it all went wrong.

I scened a scene of time gone by
When shows were meant to see in person
Where you could touch the tears we cried,
And remakes didn’t always worsen.
Then I was young and was in plays
In classics mounted, done and stricken,
There were no phoned-in shooting days
No beat unfelt, No plot unthickened.

But the Bride Wars come at night
What a huge atrocious blunder
Yes, it tore your hope apart
And it turned my dream to shame

He said be in Les Miserables
He gave me the show-stopping number.
He let me scream and hope and sob,
But he was gone once I was paid.

And still this scene, it comes to me
The scene that gave me taste for Oscars
Is this the best that I will be?
The shooting star to grace my roster?

I had a legendary scene!
So different from this crap you’re seeing!
And you all wept and cried with me!
Now it is done, the scene, I scened.

* Seriously, we all cried, like little crying babies.

8 Comments on “I Scened A Scene – A Les Miserables Parody”

  1. cat #

    This song didn’t really make sense to me. But Vira has a beautiful voice.


  2. Dr_Demento #

    Really wonderfully done on all fronts.


  3. Chris #

    If I may use this space to paraphrase a joke I already made on Twitter, I’m looking forward to Weird Al’s parody song, “I Screamed Ice Cream.”


  4. Kristian #

    Not bad, but the Les Miz parody of all time is still the “La Resistance” number from the South Park movie.


    • Lee OTI Staff #

      I’m not going to argue with that. We are huge fans of the South Park movie here at OTI, both as a parody of musicals and as a musical in and of itself.

      “God has smiled upon you, this daaaaaay….”

      Stirs my soul. Every time.


  5. Timothy J Swann #

    The Bride Wars bit completely cracked me up.
    How did you get Vira involved?


    • Lee OTI Staff #

      Vira is, not surprisingly, a friend of ours from college. She is also a professional opera/classical singer!


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