More U.S. Cities Announced for Newly Designed and Directed Les Miz Tour

News   More U.S. Cities Announced for Newly Designed and Directed Les Miz Tour
 
Producer Cameron Mackintosh officially announced a partial list of North American markets that will welcome his newly directed and designed production of Les Misérables.

The U.S. version of the 25th anniversary production (like its current U.K./European tour) will be directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley ("inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo") with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.

As previously reported on Playbill.com, this Les Miz will make its American premiere Nov. 19 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, for a multi-week engagement prior to a "multi-year" tour launch in January 2011.

Mackintosh said in a statement, "Over the years I have seen many successful but visually different productions, so it has been exciting to develop this new design which draws inspiration from the brilliant drawings and paintings of Victor Hugo himself. Integrated into spectacular modern projections, the new Les Miz is a magnificent mix of dazzling images and epic staging, driving one of the greatest musical stories ever told."

Les Misérables will play the following cities and theatres (with more to be announced):

  • Millburn, NJ: Paper Mill Playhouse, Nov. 19-Dec. 19
  • Philadelphia: Kimmel Center, Jan. 4-16, 2011
  • Fort Lauderdale: Broward Center, Jan. 18-30, 2011
  • Baltimore: Hippodrome, March 1-6, 2011
  • Louisville, KY: Kentucky Center, March 8-13, 2011
  • Columbus: Ohio Theatre, March 15-20, 2011
  • Detroit: Fisher Theatre, March 22-April 3, 2011
  • Cleveland: Palace Theatre/PlayhouseSquare, April 5-17, 2011
  • Fayetteville, AR: Walton Center, May 3-8, 2011
  • Salt Lake City: Capitol Theatre, May 24-June 5, 2011 Additional cities and casting will be announced at a later date. For more information on the production, visit www.lesmis.com.

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    Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel about social justice in the early 19th-century, Les Misérables has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton.

    Les Misérables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on Oct. 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on Dec. 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on April 3, 2004, where it continues to play to packed houses.

    The Broadway production of Les Misérables originally opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on Oct. 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances. The U.S. national tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006. A Broadway revival played Nov. 9, 2006, to Jan. 6, 2008.

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