Family creates quarantine spoof of ‘Les Misérables’ song

A British family’s quarantine-adapted cover of a classic “Les Misérables” song has even earned the approval of Fantine herself.

Ben and Danielle Marsh, along with the help of their four young, musically-inclined children, tweaked the words to the dramatic French Revolution anthem “One Day More” to turn the song into a parody about social isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Decided to include a bit of the intro so that you can see what kind of madness Danielle Marsh and I would be dealing with, if we didn’t occupy them with music making…” Ben wrote on Facebook. “Hope everyone out there is doing okay.”

This is the last one we are going to do on a lockdown theme, but it felt very apt. And it might be just in time to cheer up some friends and family who have had – or are about to have – birthdays, all by themselves. Decided to include a bit of the intro so that you can see what kind of madness Danielle Marsh and I would be dealing with, if we didn't occupy them with music making…Hope everyone out there is doing okay.

Posted by Ben Marsh on Sunday, March 29, 2020

The glorious and well-harmonized cover, in which the parents poke fun at the woes of being stuck at home with their two sons and two daughters, has since racked up nearly 8 million views and even garnered praise from actress Anne Hathaway, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of downtrodden prostitute Fantine in the play’s 2012 movie adaptation.

“Bravo!!!!!” Hathaway captioned a clip of the family’s performance on Instagram

Ben Marsh told the BBC that his family absolutely did not expect the overwhelmingly positive reaction the video would spark across the globe — including kind messages from ICU nurses and other hospital workers, who are working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19.

“It’s just absolutely lovely to see that positivity and people saying this has brought a smile at a moment when it’s difficult to smile,” he said. “We didn’t expect any of this to happen, but we’re just really, really chuffed.”

If you enjoyed this story, you might want to read about this high school choir’s virtual a cappella performance.

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