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

“Les Miserables” Is Emotionally Charged

The Cast of Les Miserables. Credit: Curtis Brown Photography

NC Theatre’s production, directed by Dave Clemmons, proves that, despite its growing age, the musical can still emotionally captivate an audience.

“Les Misérables” C’est Manifique!

Craig Schulman, Chuck Wagner, and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy all brilliantly reprise their Broadway roles as parole breaker-turned businessman and village mayor Jean Valjean, his implacable nemesis Inspector Javert, and Valjean’s fired former employee-turned-prostitute Fantine with a verve and vibrancy that compares favorably with the best of the various touring companies of Les Misérables that have worked their theatrical magic on the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium stage.