March 13 – April 1, 2012
Composer Claude-Michel Schönberg’s passionate musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables returns to the stage for two weeks at the Boston Opera House. One of the longest running shows in Broadway history, Tony and Olivier Award winning, this poignant tale of French convict Jean Valjean remains a crowd favorite with multi-generational appeal. This is the 25th anniversary revival of the Boublil and Schönberg masterpiece, re-orchestrated and brought back onstage by acclaimed producer Cameron Mackintosh.
Les Misérables is a larger-than-life epic that recounts the tribulations and triumphs of Jean Valjean. After doing 19 years of hard time for stealing a loaf of bread, Valjean leaves the chain-gang only to find that freedom is equally brutal and remorseless. Shown unexpected kindness by a bishop, he builds a new life and false identity under the scrutiny of the villainous policeman Javert, one of the more compelling stage antagonists of recent years.
This anniversary production has been retooled: story sharpened, music tweaked, staging reconsidered. A new set design inspired by Victor Hugo’s artworks projects a bruised colour-palette bleeding into shadow, evoking a grim industrial slum. Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer are masters at building soaring ensemble numbers, as the inspired finale of Act I, ‘One Day More,’ attests.
Relive the show tune standards that made Les Misérables famous, such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own,’, ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’, ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ and of course ‘One Day More’. The New York Times calls it an “unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.”
Catch ‘Les Mis’ this spring at the Boston Opera House, March 13 to April 1, 2012. 539 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111, (617) 259-3400
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