Several years later (around 1988), a new performance hall had been built in downtown Anchorage. Musicals that had only been available to those visiting large cities such as New York or London were frequenting various theaters (sorry Isabelle - theatres). Touring groups were now making these musicals available to the masses. "Cats" was the first musical to visit the performance hall. I and my girlfriend took our trip to this music hall to see our first "Broadway" musical. At some point prior to "Cats" beginning, I glanced at the playbill and saw an advertisement of an upcoming presentation of "Les Miserables." My decision was made. I was already mentally making plans for my girlfriend and I to attend.
Within a couple months of "Les Miserables" opening in Anchorage, I and the previously mentioned girlfriend were no more (which shouldn't be too surprising - I was only in high school). At this point, I had two tickets, but only one to attend. If I had to go by myself, I would have. I mentioned to a friend of mine to 'keep an eye out' for somebody that would like to see it - I didn't want to take someone just because it was a free ticket. Not long after mentioning this, he and his wife had a visit from someone who had just moved up from the lower-48 (the 48 states below Canada to Alaskans). While visiting, she saw an advertisement on television for "Les Miserables" and exclaimed, "Awww. I really want to see that!" That's all my friend had to hear. I had the same opinion. I didn't care about anything else except the simple fact that she really wanted to see it. The fact that she was absolutely gorgeous was just a bonus.
There we were, about to see the musical I had so been looking forward to. I found it necessary to purchase the souvenir program - the playbill just was not enough. Browsing through this program, I found a mock version of Cosette holding movie tickets with the statement, "In 1992 she will be going to the cinema." I absorbed this with great anticipation. The rotating stage drew my mind in. The musical began and finished leaving me completely astonished.
My "blind" date (merely a figure of speech, as she could see very well) came and went - leaving Alaska due to her brother's upcoming involvement in "Desert Storm." Just a bit later, I left Alaska myself, having purchased and totally memorized "Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording." I was still awaiting the movie release which never came. Soon I assumed it would never be released and moved on attending several more musicals including another visit to "Les Miserables." By this time, I had seen "Cats" come to DVD (which is not a good sign for "Les Miserables" should the movie ever come to fruition. "Cats" need remain a stage production).