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

Miss Saigon at DPAC Is a Spectacular Musical That Explores the Plight of Refugees

Miss Saigon stars Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Miss Saigon debuted almost 30 years ago (14 years after the actual Vietnam War ended) and yet, director Laurence Connor’s updated 2018-19 Cameron Mackintosh and NETworks Presentations touring version of Miss Saigon, playing now through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series,… Continue reading Miss Saigon at DPAC Is a Spectacular Musical That Explores the Plight of Refugees

In Defense of DPAC’s Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon stars Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Since its opening in 1989, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s tragic musical, Miss Saigon, has been attracting a strong mixture of both criticism and praise. The musical, based loosely on the opera Madame Butterfly, and onstage in a revamped production at DPAC, may still have some elements some viewers find troubling. However, the beautiful thing… Continue reading In Defense of DPAC’s Miss Saigon

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