April 11, 2012
It’s a rare treat in the world of theater to find a show that blends an incredible story, a breathtakingly beautiful score and superb characters. Les Misérables is one of the few musicals that has it all. It’s easy to understand why the show is celebrating its 25th anniversary tour. It’s a show that has endured through decades, touching new generations with its power and is on stage now at Clowes Memorial Hall.
One thing I’ve always loved about Les Misérables is its ability to balance big cast numbers and intense solos. The combination of the two creates a powerful story of forgiveness, grace and redemption. The quiet solos, like Javert's "Stars" are just as moving as the big finale songs.
Peter Lockyer stars as Jean Valjean, a man who has spent 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Lockyer's voice has incredible range and depth and his astounding performance makes the production worth seeing all on it's own. Luckily the rest of the cast is excellent as well.
Eponine, played by Chasten Harmon, always leaves the audience wanting more. The talented actor nails the performance of the tough street rat, conveying every ounce of disillusionment and unrequited love. The tragic Fantine was played by the understudy, Casey Erin Clark on Tuesday and she did a wonderful job. Crowd favorite Madame Thénardier (Shawna M. Hamic) is a nasty piece of work and the perfect character to love to hate.
Each time I see the show, like last year's Louisville performance, new things stand out to me. This time it was the songs “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” and “Bring Him Home.” Both songs are born of desperation and grief and showcase the best of the characters who sing them.
Don’t let this classic pass you by. See it while you have the chance, before the star-studded film version is released this December. Nothing can compare with a live performance!
*There are stage gun shots and a few bawdy lyrics.
Don't Miss the Show
The show runs until Sunday, April 15 at Clowes Memorial Hall so hurry to get tickets to the show. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, The Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
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