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.
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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.