Theatre Review: Les Misérables

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

“Les Mis” is an extremely popular musical. It’s played all over the world and has been seen by 51 million people. Touring productions have stopped in Sacramento five times, selling tens of thousands of tickets.
So I figured most people in the audience on Tuesday had probably seen the show before.  During intermission, I found out I was wrong.

(Interview excerpts)

So for those who’ve never seen the show before, here’s the deal. “Les Mis” a big, meaty, panoramic show, set in Nineteenth Century France, with a cast of 31 and a 15-piece band. There’s a lot going on – revolution in the streets, heroes and villains, and of course, romance. Ultimately, it’s all about redemption, forgiveness, and love.For those who HAVE seen the show before, the good news is “Les Mis” works really well in the round – even the famous battle scene on the barricades. The show feels fresher, more elemental, more story-driven, and of course you’re closer to the actors. This is very much a case of the Music Circus doing the kind of production that they do best. “Les Mis” is sure to be a hot ticket for the remainder of it’s all too brief run.


The Music Circus production of "Les Misérables" continues at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 22.