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Les Misérables Returns to Wharton Center

Posted: 3:55 PM, Oct 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-15 15:55:23-04
LES MISÉRABLES

EAST LANSING, Mich. — By popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES will return to East Lansing at Wharton Center for Performing Arts for one week only from Tuesday, November 12 through Sunday, November 17, 2019. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. To purchase tickets, visit whartoncenter.com , call 1.800.WHARTON or visit the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office. Ticket prices start at $47.

With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck and has been hailed as the “Les Miz for the 21st Century.” (The Huffington Post)

Cameron Mackintosh said, “I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 35th year.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and James Moore, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

Produced on stage by Cameron Mackintosh, LES MISÉRABLES is the world’s longest running musical now in its 35th year in London. Produced on screen also by Mackintosh (along with Working Title and Universal), LES MISÉRABLES is now the most successful movie of an original stage musical.

The original production of LES MISÉRABLES opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it played to packed houses.The new production of LES MISÉRABLES, the only version of the show produced by Cameron Mackintosh that has been seen around the world in the last ten years, will begin performances at the Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen’s Theatre) in the West End on December 18, 2019.

From August 10-November 30, 2019 a spectacular staging of LES MISÉRABLES in concert with a company of over 65 will run at the intimate Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End.

The original Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances. The original US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed LES MIZ back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.

The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Dubai, Manila, Singapore, Brazil and Mexico. The North American Tour traveled across the U.S. for two years then played a five-month engagement in Toronto before returning to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in March 2014 for over 1,000 performances. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses across North America and on tour in the U.K.

To date, LES MISÉRABLES remains the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time.

This will be LES MISÉRABLES seventh time at Wharton Center. This show has toured to Wharton Center beginning in the 1988-1989 season and was last here in 2011-2012. There will be an after chat immediately following the Thursday evening performance.

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