PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes With a Thoroughly Modern Fantine! Backstage at Dallas' Immersive, Modern-Dress Les Miz

Director Liesl Tommy brings a new, modern-dress, immersive production of the hit international musical Les Misérables to the Dallas Theater Center. Allison Blackwell, who stars as Fantine, takes us behind the scenes.


A host of Broadway actors, including Nehal Joshi as Jean Valjean and Justin Keyes as Marius, are part of the multi-racial contemporary staging.

Dallas Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty said in a previous statement, "We are thrilled that Dallas Theater Center is bringing the moving story and passion-filled music of Les Misérables to the stage in the first production by a professional theater company in North Texas."

The production is billed as an immersive staging that will make use of the Wyly Theater's dynamic, flexible environment. Performances continue through Aug. 17.  Take a look at a production photo of the inventive new staging here.

The cast also includes Allison Blackwell as Fantine; Edward Watts as Javert; John Campione as Enjolras; Dorcas Leung as Cossette; Elizabeth Judd as Eponine; Christia Mantzke as Madame Thenardier; Hassan El-Amin as the Bishop; Steven Michael Walters as Thenardier; as well as Daniel Duque-Estrada, Alex Organ, Christie Vela, Kyle Anderson, Feleceia Benton, Jonathan Bragg, Christopher Deaton, Lillian De Leon, Traci Lee, Laura Lites, Morgan Mason, Brandon Nase, Seth Womack, Mark Hancock, Spencer Sloan, Jemma Kosane, Lama Salinas, Abby Chapman and Libby Roy.

The creative team includes Christopher Windom (choreography), Sinai Tabak (musical direction), John Coyne (scenic design), Jacob Climer (costume design), Colin Bills (lighting design) and Ray Nardelli (sound design).

The musical is penned by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer.

Ticket prices start at $15 and are available online at or by phone at (214) 880-0202.