'Les Misérables' at Camelot Theatre
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean is released from Bagne prison after 19 years — having stolen a loaf of bread to feed his sister's family and then attempted escape multiple times — by the ruthless policeman Javert. By law, Valjean must display a yellow ticket that identifies him as an ex-convict, which leads to him being shunned by society, until the Bishop of Digne offers him food and shelter.
Overnight, Valjean steals the bishop's silver and is captured by police. The bishop lies and says that the silver was a gift and even includes two valuable candlesticks, on the condition that Valjean uses the silver to become an honest man.
Valjean rips up his ticket, breaks his parole and vows to redeem his sins.
Eight years later, Valjean is a wealthy factory owner and mayor under a false identity. He is relentlessly pursued by Javert and must change his identity once more to move to Paris with his newly adopted daughter, Cosette. While Javert believes that Valjean can never change his ways, he must confront his ideals when Valjean spares his life during the student uprising of 1832 to save the life of a student revolutionary that has captured Cosette's heart.
Camelot Theatre Company's production of "Les Misérables" previews Thursday, June 26, opens Friday, June 27, and runs through Aug. 3.
Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets for the June 26 preview cost $12. Tickets for all other performances cost $27; $25 for students and seniors (except for Sunday matinees). Reserved seating is available for an extra $2 per ticket. There will be a "pay what you can" performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. Tickets are available at the box office, online at www.camelottheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250.
The production is directed by Renée Hewitt and features David King-Gabriel as Jean Valjean, Derek Rosenlund as Javert, Kendra Taylor as Fantine and Amanda Gerig as Cosette. Look for Nathan Monks and Presila Quinby as the Thenardiers, Lauren Green as Eponine and Ricardo Cervantes, Jr. as Marius.
Victor Hugo's novel was adapted for French theatre in 1980 with a book by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. An English-language version opened in London's West End in 1985 with a Broadway production following in 1987.
The Broadway production closed on May 18, 2003, after 6,680 performances, making the production the fifth longest-running show on Broadway. The show also earned eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Original Score. It was adapted for film in 2012 —starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert — and nominated for eight Oscars, winning three.
"I've been amazed at how Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg have been able to turn 1,500 pages into a three-hour musical and yet maintain the integrity of what Hugo wrote," says Hewitt in a press release. "I think it speaks to why this show is not only surviving, but thriving.
"My hope is that this show will inspire audiences to contemplate their own journey and never forget that, 'To love another person, is to see the face of God.' "