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Broadway Across America: Les Miserables

Oh, the mid-1980s: The time when British productions stormed Broadway and found an audience for musicals that weren’t afraid to reach for operatic heights. That was the time when Victor Hugo’s classic novel of the French Revolution, Les Misérables, became “Lay Miz”—and on its 25th-anniversary tour, it still packs a wallop. Herbert Kretzmer provided the English-language adaptation of Claude-Michel Schnberg and Alain Boublil’s musical, which captured the epic journey of an escaped prisoner named Jean Valjean attempting to re-make his life while the merciless Inspector Javert stays in pursuit. And despite the fact that the production became most celebrated for its stagecraft—the turntable set and the massive barricade at the center of the battle scenes—its emotions are just as grand. Just try to resist the mournful loveliness of “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” or keep a dry eye when Eponine sings “A Little Fall of Rain.” Don’t miss a chance to experience theater that’s truly an event. (Scott Renshaw) Les Misérables @ Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, 801-355-2787, May 25–June 5, $35-$92.50.,

Date: Jun 1, 2011
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Capitol Theatre