By now, most people anticipating the Dec. 25 release of Les Misérables probably know that the movie made an unusual choice in terms of the musical numbers: instead of prerecording the songs and having actors voice the words on set, the singing was recorded live. It’s a choice that’s been praised but it’s particularly risky if the actors don’t have the chops to pull off the complicated production numbers for which the show is known.
Thankfully, that’s not the case. Each of the stars of Les Miz has musical-theater experience. But not all experience is equal—so, even though we’re sure they can all carry a tune, here’s our countdown to the best voices in the cast.