Les Misérables — based on Victor Hugo's novel — concludes the 2007 North Shore season, playing through Nov. 18. Barry Ivan directs and choreographs the musical, which features Fred Inkley in the role of Jean Valjean. Inkley previously played the demanding role in the original Broadway company of Les Miz; he was also seen in the Roundabout's 2002 revival of The Boys From Syracuse.
Inkley will be joined onstage by Inga Ballard (Madame Thénardier), Charlie Brady (Enjolras), Renee Brna (Cosette), Charles Hagerty (Marius), Joanne Javien (Eponine), Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Fantine), Devin Richards (Javert), Ron Wisniski (Thénardier), Sebastian Hoffman (Gavroche), Isabelle Miller (Young Eponine) and Joanna Rosen (Young Cosette).
The ensemble comprises Allison Blackwell, Michael Busillo, Jameson Cooper, Martin Giannini, Lauren Hauser, Todd Horman, Devin Ilaw, Jason Kraack, Lindsey Lake, Ryan Mark Malyar, Mara Newbery, Weston Wells Olson, Amanda Paulson, Danny Rothman, Adam Sansiveri, Ashley Catherine Schmitt, Matt Stokes and Natalie Weiss.
Anne Shuttlesworth is the musical director for Les Miz, which features scenic design by Michael Anania, costume design by Sue Picinich, lighting design by David Neville, sound design by John A. Stone and wig and hair design by Gerard Kelly.
Les Misérables, penned by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer, features such tunes as "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Bring Him Home" and "One Day More." The musical, press notes state, concerns "relentless policeman Javert pursues escaped convict Jean Valjean over decades through the tumult of revolutionary France." The North Shore production is one of a select few resident-produced stagings of the show popping up in not-for-profits this year. Cameron Mackintosh personally approved the list of troupes allowed to tackle the epic.
The North Shore Music Theatre is located at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly, MA. Tickets, priced $40-$75, are available by calling (978) 232-7200 or by visiting www.nsmt.org.