ט׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ג (March 20, 2013)
The Jewish a capella group The Maccabeats has co-opted the hit musical and movie Les Miserables to tell the story of Passover.
“This year’s film adaptation of the classic theatrical masterpiece Les Misérables afforded us the perfect opportunity.” – The Maccabeats stated in a press release. “Les Mis, which has always been a Maccabeats favorite, tells the story of one man’s search for freedom, salvation, and himself. As such, we found its now-famous melodies and lyrics to be a wholly appropriate avenue for creatively retelling the story of the children of Israel’s journey from slavery in Egypt to nationhood under G-d” .
Video clip posted Tuesday, as of Wednesday evening had garnered already more than 115,000 views. This and all Maccabeats music is recorded a cappella.
Originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats have recently emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomena, with a large fanbase, more than 10 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and proven success with two albums, 2010′s Voices From The Heights and 2012′s Out Of The Box.