“…so long as ignorance and misery remain on Earth, books like this cannot be useless.” – Victor Hugo’s preface to “Les Misérables.”
Now an Academy Award winning film, this international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world! Opening in 1987, “Les Misérables” ran over 6,000 performances and won multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.
In 19th century France, when Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of imprisonment for stealing a loaf of bread, he finds nothing but mistrust and mistreatment. After rescuing the daughter of the doomed Fantine, Valjean breaks parole in the hope of starting a new life. He is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette.
Directed by Renée Hewitt, “Les Misérables” features a Book by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg, Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Choreography is by Daniel Stephens with Musical Direction by Mark Reppert. Starring as Jean Valjean is David King-Gabriel. Derek Rosenlund plays the pivotal role of Inspector Javert, with Kendra Taylor as Fantine, Presila Quinby as Madame Thenardier, Nathan Monks as Thernardier, Riccardo Cervantes, Jr. as Marius, Amanda Gerig as Cosette and Lauren Green as Eponine. They are joined by a cast of 26 actors and singers.
Says director Hewitt, “My hope is that this show will inspire audiences to contemplate their own journey and never forget that, ‘To love another person, is to see the face of God.’”
“Les Misérables” opens June 27th and runs through August 3rd. Reservations are recommended. There is a special Pay What You Can performance on Wednesday, July 2 at 8 p.m. All other regular performances are $25 for students and seniors (except for Sunday matinees) and $27 for Adults.
Coming August 7th -10th: Camelot Conservatory’s production of Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun!”