Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, is now at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Oct. 20. The show is direct from a celebrated two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement. Fort Lauderdale Native Joshua Grosso returned to South Florida for the production as ‘Marius.’
Nick Cartell shines as prisoner 24601, aka Jean Valjean, on this national tour of Les Misérables. Cartell was previously seen in Paramour, the first musical produced on Broadway by Cirque Du Soleil, where he was a standby for and performed the three male lead roles.
The 19th century French tale of Jean Valjean stealing a loaf of bread and ultimately paying for it his entire life amidst the horror of war-torn Paris is just as relevant today as was when it debuted on Broadway in October of 1985.
I was also totally enthralled with Jimmy Smagula and Allison Guinn as the hideous Thenardier couple. Guinn’s outstanding performance of this outrageous character added some essential moments of comic relief to the intense plot line of the show.
Here are some Fun Facts about Les Mis:
It’s been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the world.
There are approximately 101 cast and crew directly involved with every performance.
Each performance entails a whopping 392 costumes consisting of over 5,000 items of clothing and 85 wigs.
With epic production numbers of beloved songs such as “I Dreamed A Dream,” “Master of The House” and a tear-inducing rendition of “Bring Him Home,” you won’t want to miss Les Miz. See it before this epic classic heads to Orlando Oct. 22-27 and then to Charlotte, N.C. Oct. 29-Nov. 3.
Tickets for LES MISÉRABLES, are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 954.660.6307. Ticket prices start at $40.50*.