It is an unusually difficult task to sit down and talk about Les Miz with any sort of meaning or authority at this point in the musical's history. Boublil and Schonberg's musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's famous novel turned 30 this year and it is a top contender for the most popular musical in the history of all time.
Few myths are as romantic, popular, or strange as the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Yet, in spite of how often the tale is told (and re-told) there is something in its bones that keeps us returning to it. Likely, it is the humanity that lies in Orpheus's uncertainty that keeps us coming back for more. In Sarah Ruhl's contemporary adaptation of the myth this uncertainty lies not just in Orpheus, but more importantly in Eurydice and her deceased father as well.