As for Katie Holmes, she has moved on from tabloid fodder and former wife of a superstar. She can command the stage and -- even more importantly -- command her own life. I speak for many who say it's good to have her back.
I had always thought of Les Misérables as something that was (A) kind of complicated, (B) beloved by a lot of people and (C) impossible for me to catch up on at this point in my life. It would be like deciding all of a sudden, "You know, maybe it's time I took up polo."