A must see performance of LES MISERABLES at The Pantages Theater

RANDAL KEITH as Jean Valjean performs "Bring Him Home."

I have been fortunate enough to see LES MISERABLES on at least three other occasions and it is my favorite musical. The performance I saw on Friday at The Pantages Theater was the best performance I have ever experienced! The cast all had magnificent strong voices and the sound system made it possible to understand all the lyrics which in this play is important since it is basically 100% a musical. As always the story and emotion that the play portrays makes me cry so I suggest you bring Kleenex when you come to experience LES MISERABLES.  The most outstanding performance were delivered by Randal Keith as the fugitive "Jean Vaijean," who has such an amazing voice range who uses his falsetto to bring chills to your whole being, also memorable are Robert Hunt as "Inspector Javert," and Melissa Lyons as "Eponine." And of course the delightfully black humor of Jennifer Butt As Madame Thénardier And David Benoit As Thénardier.

I definitely recommend you hurry and get your tickets to the show; the run is short, and if the crowd applause and standing ovation are any indication, these tickets will be selling out fast.

Presented by Cameron Mackintosh, LES MISERABLES is a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.
 
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, LES MISERABLES is an epic saga that sweeps through three turbulent decades of 19th century France. It is also the story of one man, the fugitive Jean Valjean, who is pitted against the cruel and self-righteous Inspector Javert in a lifelong struggle to evade capture. LES MISERABLES has won 50 major awards internationally, including the 1987 Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ended its 16 year run in May 18, 2003, and is the second longest
running show in Broadway history. This National Tour is the only production of LES MISERABLES currently in the United States.
 

The World's Most Popular Musical

 

The $4.2 million production coming to Los Angeles replicates the Broadway production in its entirety and has set numerous attendance records across the country. This touring company of LES MISERABLES is a carbon copy of the original production still running in London. It comes to town with the trademark 34-foot turntable, two barricades that weigh over 12,000 pounds, over 1,000 costume pieces, 5 fog machines, 422 lighting instruments, 18 orchestra members, and 36 cast members. 

Alain Boublil (Conception, BoOk and Original French Lyrics) was born in Tunisia, and emigrated to Paris at the age of 18. He worked in music publishing before writing his first lyrics for the French pop song world. After discovering the existence of musical theatre, he started working with Claude-Michel Schonberg, another composer inhibited by the three-minute song format.
  

The Company of LES MISERABLES in "Look Down"

Over 20 years, their partnership gave birth to La Revolution Fran çaise and the award-winning Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Martin Guerre. He has also produced with Claude-Michel the major cast albums for all their shows. He lives in London with Marie and is the proud father of four sons.
 
Claude-Michel Schonberg (Composer) Born in 1944 of Hungarian parents, Claude-Michel Schonberg began his career as a singer, writer and producer of popular songs. He wrote the musical score of La Revolution Fran çaise (Paris, 1973), Les Misérables (Palais des Sports, Paris 1980 and London 1985) and Miss Saigon (1989). Since then he has also supervised overseas productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon and co-produced several international cast albums of his shows. Martin Guerre, his third collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, on July10, 1996. He lives in Paris with his wife and two children.

(From L to R) RANDAL KEITH as Jean Valjean and ROBERT HUNT as Javert.

Cameron Mackintosh (Producer) produces musicals. Currently around the world, he has in production Les Misérables, Cats, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, The Witches of Eastwick, Martin Guerre, Oliver!, My Fair Lady and Oklahoma!. He owns seven West End theatres: the Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queens, Wyndhams, Albery and the Strand. In 1995 his company received The Queen's Award for Export Achievement, and he was knighted in the 1996 New Year's Honours
 for his services to British theatre.
 
           
LES MISERABLES was adapted from the French by Herbert Kretzmer, and has additional material by James Fenton. It was first brought to life at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Barbican Theatre in London by co-directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The designers are John Napier (sets), Andreane Neofitou (costumes) and David Hersey (lighting).
 

(From L to R) MICHAEL ST. JOHN as The Bishop of Digne and RANDAL KEITH as Jean Valjean.

Performances of LES MISERABLES will be Tuesday-Friday evenings at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM & 8:00 PM and Sundays at 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM. In addition, there will be special Holiday matinee performances on December 2, 9, 22, 23,29 & 30 at 2:00pm. In observance of the Christmas Holiday, there will be no performance on Friday evening, December 24 nor on Saturday matinee, December 25. Please note that on New Year's Eve, LES MISERABLES will feature a special early curtain time of 7:00pm.
 

The Los Angeles return engagement of LES MISERABLES features an experienced ensemble of performers who bring the legendary musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg to life during performances at Hollywood's historic Pantages Theatre. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, LES MISERABLES will play a 5-week limited holiday engagement at the Pantages through Saturday, January 1.

(From L to R) JENNIFER BUTT as Madame Th

Tickets for "the world's most popular musical" are now on sale at the Pantages Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

JOHN-ANDREW CLARK as Enjolras. "Enjolras' Death."

Randal Keith heads the company as the fugitive "Jean Vaijean," with Robert Hunt as "Inspector Javert," and Tonya Dixon as "Fantine." Also featured will be Melissa Lyons as "Eponine," Adam Jacobs and Leslie Henstock as the lovers "Marius" and "Cosette," John-Andrew Clark as the student revolutionary, "Enjolras," and David Benoit as "Thenardier" and Original Broadway cast member, Jennifer Butt reprises her role as "Madame Thenardier."

RANDAL KEITH as Jean Valjean performs "Soliloquy."

Nadine Jacobson and Gabriella Malek alternate in the roles of "Young Cosette" and "Young Eponine," and Sean Gilbert and Alex Rutherford alternate in the role of "Gavroche." RANDAL KEITH (Jean Vaijean) has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, performing such roles as Jean Vaijean in Les MisErables (Toronto and National Tour), the title role in The Phantom of the Opera (First National Tour), Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Most recently, Mr. Keith was honored by being chosen by Sir Cameron Mackintosh to perform as Jean Valjean in the final Broadway cast of Les Misérables, which closed on May 18, 2003 at the Imperial Theatre. During the history, making premiere of Les Misérables in Shanghai, China, Mr. Keith also had the privilege of being the alternate for the original Jean Valjean, Coim Wilkinson. Mr. Keith has also performed Jean Vaijean in Seoul, South Korea and is one of the few actors in the world to have portrayed three leading roles in The Phantom of the Opera: The Phantom, Raoul and Monsieur Andre. A sought-after concert soloist, Mr. Keith has sung with the prestigious Cincinnati, Tulsa and Rochester Symphonies. Prior to Its Misérables, Mr. Keith spent a year in the critically acclaimed National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, originally directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn. For more information log on to www.randal-keitkcom

ROBERT HUNT as Javert.

ROBERT HUNT (Javert) most recently appeared as the title roles in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde to critical acclaim in Portland, OR. Broadway: Les Misérables. National Tours: Forever Plaid and Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Man #1 in Boobs! The Musical (Original Cast) and Kitt in Have a Nice Day (Original Cast). Regionally: Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (Colonial Theatre), Whizzer in Falsettos (Barrington Stage), Jack Seward in the American Premiere of Dracuia, A Chamber Musical (North Shore Music Theatre), Freddy in My Fair Lady (TUTS), Perchick in Fiddler on the Roof (Westchester Broadway), Sir Lionel in Camelot (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Man #1 in Swinging on a Star (Goodspeed), The Tenor in Redhead (Goodspeed), Jimmie in lit) in the Shade (Oldcastle Theatre), Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in Kiss Me, Kate (Columbia Actors' Rep.), Smudge in Forever Plaid (Las Vegas Flamingo Hilton). Television: "Guiding Light" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

TONYA DIXON as Fantine performs "I Dreamed A Dream."

 

TONYA DIXON (Fantine) Broadway: Ragtime. National Tours: Dreaingirls (Lorrell), Once On This Island (Ti Moune), Music Of The Night (Featured Performer). Regional Theatre: The Lion King (Los Angeles Co.), Ragtime (Sarah), Dreamgirls (Lorrell - Ovation Award), The Secret Garden (Ayah), Ain't Misbehavin' (Charlaine & Armelia), Sweet Charity (Helene) and numerous other productions. Tonya has most recently finished the Los Angeles productions Ragtime and The Lion King. Before that she was honored with an Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress In A Musical for her portrayal of Lorrell in Dreanigirls.

 

 

MELISSA LYONS as Eponine performs "On My Own."

MELISSA LYONS (Eponine) is happy to be returning to Les Misérables! Credits include Peter Pan (Peter), Once Upon A Mat tress (Lady Larken, dir. Carol Burnett) and the animated feature Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper (Princess Anneliese, singing voice). BA in Music, UCLA. ADAM JACOBS (Marius) is honored and thrilled to be joining the cast of Les Misérables. Recent credits include: Cinderella National Tour (Prince); Hot Mikado (Nanki-poo) at the Marriott Theatre in Lincoinshire, TL; West Side Story (Bernardo). A native of San Francisco and an NYU Tisch graduate. LESLIE HEN STOCK (Cosette) is thrilled to return to the tour in the role of Cosette, having previously been in the ensemble. Regional: Manhattan Theatre Club (MARTY reading), Pittsburgh CLO. A University of Michigan Musical Theatre graduate. Love to family and friends. For more info and her new CD, please visit www.lesliehenstock.com. JOHN-ANDREW CLARK (Enjoiras) is happy to be rejoining the show after appearing in both the touring and Broadway productions. Elsewhere: Dracula: The Game of Love (Dracula), Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon), Saturday Night (Gene), Myths and Hymns. DAVID BENOIT (Thenardier) happily returns to Les Misérables having played Thenardier and numerous roles. Broadway: Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires. Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Forever Plaid (Sparky). Regional: The Spitfire Grill (Caleb), ...Porum (Psuedolus). Recently: The Captain's Daughter (Pugachev) - The Hermitage, St Petersburg Russia.

(From L to R) JENNIFER BUTT as Madame Th

JENNIFER BUTT (Madame Thenardier) originated this role on Broadway. Theatre: Olga in The Women (Broadway), Jellylorum/Criddlebone in Cats (1st National). TV: "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Providence," "Howie Mandel's Sunny Skies" (series regular), "One Life to Live" (recurring). Film: "Vampire's Kiss," "National Lampoon's Attack of the 5'2 Women." Broadway Cast Recording: Les Misérables. Now in its 18th year in London, LES MISERABLES has won 50 major awards internationally, including the 1987 Tony Award for Best Musical. The shows global box office receipts now exceed $1.8 billion. On June 22, 2002, LES MISERABLES made history becoming the first Broadway or West End musical to ever play in China. The three-week engagement played to sold out crowds at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in Shanghai, China. For two years in a row, LES MISERABLES has won the National Broadway Theatre Award for "Best Long-Running Musical," an award that is voted on by the American theater-going public.  The Broadway production ended its 16-year run on May 18, 2003, and is the third longest running show in Broadway history. This National Tour is the only production of LES MISERABLES currently in America.


The Company of LES MISERABLES in "Lovely Ladies"


BY THE NUMBERS

The barricades weigh 12,250 lbs.

The turntable is 34 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 10,000 lbs.

8 trailer trucks carry the show from city to city.

Each performance entails:

36 actors

28 crew members

18 orchestra members

20 wardrobe staff

Over 1,000 costume pieces

45 wigs

150 pair of shoes

5 fog machines

500 lbs of dry ice

16 wireless microphones

422 lighting instruments

926 light bulbs

196 sheets of lighting gel

63 revolutions of the turntable

The Company performs "At The End Of The Day."

 THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR MUSICAL

FACTS & FIGURES WORLDWIDE

LES MISERABLES had its world premiere October 8, 1985 at the Barbican Theatre in London and transferred to the Palace Theatre in the West End on December 4, 1985.

Over 50 million people worldwide have seen LES MISERABLES. The worldwide box office gross is more than $1.8 billion.

Over 37,000 performances have taken place.

50 major theatre awards, including eight 1987 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), two Grammy Awards and many gold and platinum discs.

There have been 31 cast recordings internationally, with the Original London Cast Recording awarded Triple-Platinum status in the U.K. and Cold status awarded to three U.S. recordings: the Original Broadway Cast, the Complete Symphonic Recording and the Complete Symphonic  Recording Highlights.

51 productions of LES MISERABLES have played in 38 countries and in 217 cities.

The Company of LES MISERABLES in "Master of the House"

There are currently 12 productions playing around the world:  London, The U.S. National Tour, Budapest (Hungary), Tokyo (Japan, in repertory), Bonn (Germany,  in repertory), Gyor (Hungary, in repertory), Chemnitz (Germany), Detmold (Germany),  Saarbruecken (Germany) Mexico City (Mexico), a Scandinavian Concert Tour (featuring the Royal  Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and a cast of 170, traveling to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and  Finland) and concert versions in Australia and several other nations.

On June 22, 2002, LES MISERABLES made history becoming the first Broadway musical to ever play   in China. The three-week engagement played to sold out crowds at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in  Shanghai, China. LES MISERABLES has been translated into 21 languages: Argentinean, Castilian, Chinese, Czech,  Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic,  Japanese, Mauritian Creole, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish.

A song from the show, "One Day More", was used for Bill Clinton's 1992 US Presidential Campaign.  "Do You Hear The People Sing?" was played over TV newscasts from the student protest in  Tianamen Square. "Bring Him Home" was officially requested by the US State Department to use as  background for promotional material about the US troops engaged in the Gulf War.

The Company of LES MISERABLES in "The Students at the Barricades"

UNITED STATES

LES MISERABLES had its American premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in December of 1986.

The Broadway Company opened March 12,1987 at the Broadway Theatre and moved to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 to make way for the Broadway production of Miss Saigon.

After 16 years and 6,680 performances, the Broadway Company of LES MISERABLES closed on May 18, 2003 at the Imperial Theatre as the second longest running show in Broadway history. (Cats is the longest with 7,485 performances.)

On February 4,2004, The Phantom of the Opera will claim the second longest running show title, surpassing LES MISERABLES' record of 6,680. LES MISERABLES is now the third longest runningshow in Broadway history.

There have been 3 U.S. national touring companies of LES MISERABLES:
First National Company: November 1987-September 1991
Second National Company: May 1988-January 1991
Third National Company: November 1988-present

LES MISERABLES has played in 143 cities in the following 42 states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

The only states that have not yet hosted LES MISERABLES are Maine, Montana, New Jersey (booked in June 2004), New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.


The District of Columbia will have hosted LES MISERABLES 7 times, including the United States premiere in December, 1986.

St. Paul, Minnesota holds the record for LES MISÉRABLES engagements: 9 times and has its  TENTH engagement scheduled for June 2004.

Over 25 million people have seen LES MISERABLES in the U.S. alone.

7 U.S. Presidents have seen LES MISERABLES (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon)
 

(From L to R) LESLIE HENSTOCK as Cosette and ADAM JACOBS as Marius perform "A Heart Full of Love."

 
THE SHOW

Over 726 actors have performed in the four U.S. companies.

Craig Schulman has played the role of Jean Valjean more than any other actor in the world: over
1,900 performances on Broadway, across the U.S. and in Singapore.

There are approximately 101 Cast and Crew members directly involved in every performance not
including front of house staff, and the huge back up services including ticket sales, advertising, wardrobe staff, set contractors, maintenance, office staff, advertising and publicity.

Each performance uses 392 costumes, consisting of 1,782 items and 31 wigs.

The Broadway production has grossed more than $410 million.

The New York production cost $4.5 million to mount, and opened with advance ticket sales of $11 million (the Broadway record up to that date).
 
269 U.S. schools performed LES MISERABLES, School Edition during the first year that the rights have been made available (July 2002 - July 2003). LES MISERABLES is the first musical ever to  become available for school productions while still playing on Broadway, in the West End and in productions around the world.
 
   
For more information go to: www.lesmis.com.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

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