Les Misérables

A Broadway staple from 1987-2003, Les Misérables is a proven musical commodity. And yet, if your last experience with the Claude-Michel Schönberg score was watching your younger brother screech "I Dreamed a Dream" during an elementary-school pageant, it's worth revisiting. This touring production is well sung, well performed, and probably irresistible to your mom. (She likely bought tickets months ago.) Adapted from Victor Hugo's famous novel of French social unrest, Les Miz follows bread thief Jean Valjean (J. Mark McVey) as he seeks redemption under a new identity after his long jail term. On his trail, of course, is the fanatical, unforgiving Inspector Javert (Andrew Varela), who doesn't believe in second chances. Valjean's journey to regain both face and faith is interlaced with the love story between his adopted daughter Cosette (Jenny Latimer) and the idealistic student Marius (Justin Scott Brown). All their fates converge during the bloody Paris Uprising of 1832, where themes of sacrifice, hope, and personal strength are memorably put into song (cue "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"). No wonder the show has been performed over 10,000 times. KAT CHOW

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 9. Continues through Aug. 27, 2011

 
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