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Kurt Browning Program Information


Program: Bring Him Home
Artist: Les Miserables (Gary Morris, Michael Burgess)
Choreographer: Three versions - Kevin Cottam, possibly Sandra Bezic, Kurt Browning?

Performances: Kevin Cottam version:
1989 Skate America exhibition
1990 Canadian Championships exhibition
1990 World Championships exhibition
1990 Good Will Games exhibition
1990 Skate Canada exhibition
1992 Canadian Stars on Ice

Sandra Bezic (??) version:
2000 A Golden Moment
2000 Ice Wars VII
2000 Holiday Festival on Ice
2001 CSOI
2001 Emotion
2002 Scott Hamilton and Friends

Third version:
2011 Royal Glenora Club Ice Memories

Photos: http://www.kurtfiles.com/pics/index.php?search=bring+him+home
http://www.scratchspin.com/2001/csoi01/browning.html
http://www.toepix.com/toepix/sf/sfkurt3.html

CDs: Les Miserables - The Completely Symphonic Recording (Gary Morris)
Les Miserables - Original London Cast Recording (Colm Wilkinson)
Les Miserables - Original Broadway Cast Recording (Colm Wilkinson)
Les Miserables - 10th Anniversary Concert Recording (Colm Wilkinson)
plus other cast recordings and individual singers' albums

Musical clip(s): Bring Him Home

Lyrics: Valjean - Bring Him Home
(Valjean is standing over Marius at the barricade)

VALJEAN
God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there

He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

He's like the son I might have known
If God had granted me a son.
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.

Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy

You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live
If I die, let me die
Let him live
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

Artist website: http://www.garymorris.com
http://www.lesmis.com
http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/alley/3939/LesMis.html - Gateway to Michael Burgess

Random facts:
Of all the programs that Kurt has used and modified over the years,
Bring Him Home probably has taken on the most distinct versions. In
the 1989-1990 season, Kurt skated to Bring Him Home as one of his
exhibition programs. The costume was very appropriate to the musical
- that of a student revolutionary - while the choreography was
particularly interpretive of some of the lyrics in the song - such as
Kurt miming hopscotch to the line "he is young, he is only a boy." In
1992, Kurt revived this program for the Stars on Ice tour, and in
Toronto was able to skate a beautiful performance to Michael Burgess
(Toronto Jean Valjean) singing live at center ice. Fast-forward eight
years to Kristi Yamaguchi's breast cancer benefit show, A Golden
Moment. Gary Morris, who played Jean Valjean on Broadway and is
featured in the Complete Symphonic Recording of Les Miserables, was
one of the guest singers for that show. At this show, Kurt went back
and recreated the magic of Bring Him Home from an older, more mature
perspective. Instead of literally interpreting the lyrics, Kurt
skated a beautiful slow program with long sweeping edges and deep
emotion while Gary Morris sung and accompanied himself on the guitar.
With a different costume (grey flowing blouse over grey pants) and
entirely new choreography, Kurt was able to create essentially an
entirely new program to the same song. Then, in 2011, the Royal
Glenora Club put on their 50th Anniversary Club show, looking back to
previous shows the club had done, including their 1989 Les Miserables
on Ice show, where Kurt played Jean Valjean. For the 2011 show, Kurt
reprised his role, and skated to yet another version of Bring Him
Home, wearing his original costume from 1989, but in a silver wig,
embodying the weary, mature Jean Valjean.