Tomorrow Comes: Endings and Beginnings

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The original Broadway cast of the 2014 Les Misérables revival takes their bows during the beginning of their run. Image courtesy Variety.

It’s the last day of my first semester today, and so the end of things are on my mind. I’ve had an incredible experience in my first year of college so far and I’ve met some of the most amazing people who I get to call my classmates. We have to part ways soon, and even though we’re planning parties and get-togethers throughout December, come the new year, we’ll be in different classes and have to get to know new people. Although we all knew the end was coming, it’s still difficult to say goodbye.

Sometimes when a show closes, I have the same feelings. This week, it was also announced that the Broadway production of Les Mis will be closing in September. Before it does, John-Owen Jones (who played Valjean in the 25th anniversary cast recording) will join the cast at the end of February until the show closes. Though it’s the third Broadway production in Les Mis history, and it will undoubtedly be back eventually, when it’s no longer on the Great White Way, it’ll be like saying goodbye to an old friend. It was one of the first shows I ever saw on Broadway and was the first musical I ever fell in love with.

Endings are inevitable, but it doesn’t mean that they’re easier to accept. It just means that they make beginnings all the more sweet. And when we say goodbye to those who are close to us, we have to remember: “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

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