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”:
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.
This song didn’t really make sense to me. But Vira has a beautiful voice.
Really wonderfully done on all fronts.
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.”
Not bad, but the Les Miz parody of all time is still the “La Resistance” number from the South Park movie.
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.
The Bride Wars bit completely cracked me up.
How did you get Vira involved?
Vira is, not surprisingly, a friend of ours from college. She is also a professional opera/classical singer!
And a brilliant parodist.