Cameron Mackintosh’s new 25th anniversary production of “Les Misérables” comes to Sacramento for a limited engagement at the Community Center Theater, May 29 through June 9. The production features glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by Victor Hugo’s paintings.
“I’m delighted that 25 years after ‘Les Miz’ originally opened in London the audience for this marvelous show is bigger and younger than ever before,” said Mackintosh. “Over the years I have seen many successful but visually different productions, so it has been exciting to draw inspiration from the brilliant drawings and paintings of Victor Hugo himself, integrated with spectacular projections. The new ‘Les Miz’ is a magnificent mix of dazzling images and epic staging, driving one of the greatest musical stories ever told.”
Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, “Les Misérables” is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.
Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s “Les Misérables” has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original “Les Misérables” orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions.
“Les Misérables” originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on Oct. 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on Dec. 4, 1985, and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004, where it continues to play to packed houses. When “Les Misérables” celebrated its 21st London birthday on Oct. 8, 2006, it became the world’s longest-running musical, surpassing the record previously held by “Cats” in London’s West End.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical “Les Misérables” made theatrical history with an international first — three different productions in London at the same time. The Original Production, the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered) and a celebratory concert at The O2 Arena. The O2 concert was presented in more than 500 cinemas throughout the United States on Nov. 17, 2010, and is now available on Blu-ray DVD through Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The Broadway production of “Les Misérables” originally opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990, running for 6,680 performances. The U.S. National Tour began in November 1987 and visited more than 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, Mo. in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed “Les Miz” back to New York on Nov. 9, 2006, where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on Jan. 6, 2008. To date, Les Misérables remains the third longest-running Broadway production of all time.
Seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, “Les Misérables” is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe; seven more currently scheduled. There have been 36 cast recordings of “Les Misérables,” including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and the soon to be released live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold millions of copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos ever in the UK. There are more than 2,500 productions of the “Les Misérables” School’s Edition scheduled or being performed by 125,000-plusa school children in the United Kingdon, United States and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.
Tickets for “Les Miserables” at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. on Sacramento, range from $24 to $91 and are available by calling (916) 557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St., Sacramento. Tickets are also available at Community Center Theater Box Office, 13th & L streets, Sacramento. Call the theater box office at (916) 808-5181 or visit Tickets.com (online convenience fees apply). For more information visit BroadwaySacramento.com.