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‘Les Misérables’ opens at Sierra Rep in March

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June 18, 2013 |

“Les Misérables,” Broadway’s brilliant musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of love, loss, honor and redemption, will open Sierra Repertory Theatre’s 35th anniversary season in March.

Set against the backdrop of pre-revolutionary France, “Les Misérables” is considered a stage triumph like no other.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said SRT artistic director Scott Viets. “’Les Misérables’ has been a worldwide smash for more than 25 years but only just now became available to regional theaters. We jumped at the chance to finally bring it to our stage.”

Since its world premiere in London, the show has become the world’s longest-running musical, translated into 22 languages, winner of more than 100 theater awards and seen by more than 60 million people worldwide.

The show’s original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, worked with creators Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, in collaboration with Herbert Kretzmer, to create what The New York Times called “thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable.”

For SRT, Viets said the show will be an immense challenge. It has a huge cast, complex characters, elaborate period costumes and sets, a powerful musical score and high audience expectations. But Viets said every member of SRT’s staff is ready and eager.

“It’s rare that you get the opportunity work on a musical that has as much depth as ‘Les Misérables’ and that stays as faithful to the original source. Its themes of injustice and human nature, the story, the characters, the emotions and drama are all so well supported by an incredible musical score. This is going to be invigorating for all of us — we can’t wait.”

Producing director Dennis Jones echoed Viets’ sentiment.

“We have wanted to do this show for so many years, even though it is such a stretch. Now with our current staff, we believe the time is right. We’re excited about it and know our audiences will be, too. How could a theater better serve its community than to bring to life one of the world’s great stories? Our task will be to captivate the audience, transport them to this time and help them connect to this wonderful classic,” said Jones.

For more information call SRT’s box office at 209-532-3120 or visit the Website at sierrarep.org.

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