Les Miserables: The Rebellion Comes to Raleigh
The Paris Uprising of 1832 comes to the stages of Raleigh, NC this
year. Long considered one of the most epic musicals of our time, Les Miserables depicts the infamous struggle between the
haves- and have-nots. With impressive staging, enlivening music and a heartbreaking story, Les Miserables has been winning
audiences over for decades, and it's sure to do the same once it reaches the stage of the Duke Energy Center for Performing
It's the time of the Paris Uprising of 1832, and the entire country of France is still reeling
from the aftermath of the French Revolution. A peasant, Jean Valjean has been imprisoned and sentenced for years for stealing
a loaf of bread to feed his starving family. The musical chronicles Jean Valjean's life - from his release, to his rise to
morality and the police officer, Javert's, lifelong quest to punish him. Alongside Valjean's story, we see the story of a
band of students fighting against the French government, as well as poor peasant, Fantine, who is struggling to support her
daughter, Cosette, and a whole host of hilarious and intriguing characters. The story, which chronicles real historic events,
brings to life an often-overlooked, yet very important period of French and European history.
of Les Miserables is spearheaded by some outstanding talents, many of whom have graced the boards of the Broadway stages.
Playing Jean Valjean is Peter Lockyer, who has become well-known for his roles in Broadway shows like South Pacific, Phantom
of the Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigson. Javert will be played by Andrew Varela, a Javert veteran (he played the villain
on Broadway, as well). Other lead castmembers include Genevieve Lecleric (Fantine), Laruen Wiley (Cosette), Devin Ilaw (Marius)
and Briana Carlson-Goodman (Eponine).
Les Miserables, the musical, was originally written
by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, a pair of European musical theatre writers who made their first (but not only)
huge splash with this epic show. The lyrics of the show were written by Herbert Kretzmer, a writer from South Africa, who
has partnered with Boublil and Schonberg to write several musical pieces.
The tour of Les Miserables
is produced by many theater producers and investors. Most importantly, the show is backed by Cameron Mackintosh, a legendary
musical producer who brought three of the most successful musicals ever to the stage: Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misrables.
Mackintosh also helped produce the film version of Les Miserables.
The story behind Les Miserables
is an enduring one, and it has now showed up in many entertainment mediums, include Victor Hugo's original novel Les Miserables,
as well as the extremely successful stage musical and a movie adaptation starring movie stars such as Anne Hathaway and Hugh
Jackman in 2012. The success of Les Miserables, the stage musical was unprecedented for its time. The show opened on March
12, 1987 and ran until May 18, 2003, closing after 6,680 shows. A revival of the show opened on Broadway in 2006 and closed
Les Miserables will play in Raleigh at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing arts. The
run began in February, and Les Miserables Raleigh Ticekts will be on sale for several weeks.