VINTAGE PLAYBILL: Les Misérables Opening Night, 1987
12 Mar 2013
On this date 26 years ago, Les Misérables began its historic Broadway run.
Following a blockbuster premiere in London's West End, the musical opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987.
New York Times reviewer Frank Rich praised the production's "electrifying showmanship," also writing, "If anyone doubts that the contemporary musical theater can flex its atrophied muscles and yank an audience right out of its seats, he need look no further than the Act I finale of Les Misérables."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.