Cameron Mackintosh’s Heartbreaking Epic Les Mis Once Again Wows DPAC Crowds

Nick Cartell as Jean Valjean sings "Bring Him Home" (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Even if you’ve seen Les Misérables hundreds of times, it’s always a joy when the production is a great one — and the one playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday, March 15th, is one of the best! With soaring voices, incredible sets, and dramatic lighting, NETworks Presentations LLC’s new national tour of… Continue reading Cameron Mackintosh’s Heartbreaking Epic Les Mis Once Again Wows DPAC Crowds

DPAC’s Les Misérables Is as Powerful and Profound as Ever

The cast of the new national tour of Les Misérables sings "One Day More" (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, Les Misérables, has long been a Broadway favorite, making it a perfect fit for Durham Performing Arts Center’s “Magic of Broadway” season. The story, of course, begins with Jean Valjean (Patrick Dunn), a French peasant and former criminal who has served 19 years in jail. After… Continue reading DPAC’s Les Misérables Is as Powerful and Profound as Ever

Les Misérables at DPAC Will Breathe New, Glorious Life into Victor Hugo’s Larger-Than-Life Characters

During the Paris Uprising of 1832, Phoenix Best (center) as Éponine and Matt Shingledecker and Joshua Grosso as student revolutionaries Enjolras and Marius sing "One Day More" as they prepare to man the barricades (photo by Matthew Murphy)

On Jan. 30-Feb. 4, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present eight heart-tugging performances of the North American Tour of the brilliantly reimagined 2014 Broadway Revival of Les Misérables, sans its trademark turntable set but replete with a host of unforgettable characters from French novelist, poet, and dramatist Victor Hugo’s epic 1862 historical novel and… Continue reading Les Misérables at DPAC Will Breathe New, Glorious Life into Victor Hugo’s Larger-Than-Life Characters

Mark McVey and Andrew Varela’s Soaring Solos as Valjean and Javert Stop the Show in “Les Misérables”

J. Mark McVey plays reformed petty thief and escaped convict Jean Valjean (photo by Paul Kolnik)

On Valentine’s Day, Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre brought “Les Misérables” back to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, this time without its trademark turntable set but with brooding sets inspired by Hugo’s original artwork. A packed house turned out on Tuesday to greet Cameron McIntosh’s new 25th anniversary production of “Les Misérables.”

J. Mark McVey, Andrew Varela, and Cohorts Make Beautiful Music Together in “Les Misérables”

Jeremy Hays and Max Quinlan (center) play the fiery student revolutionaries Enjolras and Marius in "Les Misérables" (photo by Deen van Meer)

Stop! Whatever plans you may have made for this weekend, cancel them. There is something better to do. Cameron Macintosh’s 25th Anniversary Tour of “Les Misérables” is in town at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and will be leaving after its 7:30 p.m. Sunday performance.