Do You Hear the People Sing?
Producer Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables opened at the Fox Theatre last night, and it certainly lived up to the hype. With beautiful new staging and scenery, as well as additional material that solidifies the story, this brand new production in many respects outdoes the original.
The classic turntable style of the 1986 set design has been replaced with video effects and projections that move the story along. The scenery, inspired by the paintings of the novel’s author Victor Hugo, is vivid and fresh. The story is grittier and easier to follow. But the glorious, haunting score of Les Misérables remains the same, and the tale of Jean Valjean, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, continues to be as powerful as ever.
From the first note of the musical’s prologue, both captures the audience and takes its breath away. Peter Lockyer embodies the role of the show’s reluctant hero with passion and eloquence. The cast is a well-oiled machine, with each performance as stunning as the voice behind it. With the never-ending flood of classic musical numbers, from the company’s “At the End of the Day” and “Master of the House” to the heartfelt solos and duets such as “Stars,” “A Heart Full of Love,” and “Bring Him Home,” the show simply never lets up.
The cast and crew of Cameron Mackintosh’s new 25th Anniversary Production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, is a spectacle not to be missed.
Tickets are hard to come by, but if you can find one, attending this performance of Les Misérables is well worth your time. As Andrew Varela (who plays Inspector Javert) tells Encore Atlanta in the article by Bert Osborne: “If you’ve never seen it before, then what’s wrong with your life?”
Performances run April 24 through April 29 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. For more information on the show or the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season, please visit Broadway in Atlanta’s website. To read the Atlanta Theater Fans article on the benefits of becoming a subscriber, which is the only way to guarantee seats to a popular show, follow this link. A handful of limited view seats are available at some shows. To get tickets, please visit Ticketmaster.com.
– Christi Whitney