Detroit, Baltimore and Columbus Will Get New Les Miz Tour in 2011; Paper Mill Is Launch Pad

News   Detroit, Baltimore and Columbus Will Get New Les Miz Tour in 2011; Paper Mill Is Launch Pad
A new American tour of the musical Les Miserables, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, will hit the road in early 2011 following a fall launch at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. The Paper Mill production was previously reported.

Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, this new staging of the Tony Award-winning musical based on the Victor Hugo epic is billed as the "25th anniversary production," and is currently touring the U.K.

Casting for an American company is ongoing. The full national tour route has not been announced. However, some presenters around the country have revealed the hit title to their subscribers: The Hippodrome in Baltimore, The Ohio Theatre in Columbus and the Fisher Theatre in Detroit will all see the Alain Boublil/ Claude-Michel Schönberg show in March 2011, for example.

Les Miz has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer (from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel) and additional material by James Fenton. Book is by Boublil and Schönberg.

The new production is designed by Matt Kinley, with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.

This Les Miz is "cast entirely interracially," according to a casting notice. The U.S. production will launch on or around Jan. 4, 2011, after the Nov. 19-Dec. 19, 2010, Paper Mill run. Rehearsals begin in early October. Musical supervisor is Dan Bowling. Les Miserables, a London hit that went on to become a Broadway and international smash, has a score that includes "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and more.

This new production of Les Miz is currently on an international tour; its route includes Cardiff, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Paris.

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