National Tour of Les Misérables Will Launch in Providence

National Tour News   National Tour of Les Misérables Will Launch in Providence
Performances will begin at the Providence Performing Arts Center in September.
Les MIserable
Les Miserables

Cameron Mackintosh announced February 13 that Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning Les Misérables will launch a North American tour beginning in September at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The tour, following the two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement, will play more than 70 week-long and multi-week engagements through the next two years and beyond, including Chicago, Illinois; and Dallas, Texas. A complete tour schedule and casting will be announced at a later date.

In a statement Mackintosh said, “I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again going to be touring the major cities across North America and promises to be more spectacular than ever.”

Mackintosh’s recent Broadway revival of Les Misérables, which opened March 23, 2014, played its final performance September 4, 2016 at the Imperial Theatre. This new version, which recouped its entire initial investment, has grossed more than $109 million. Upon closing, Les Misérables played 1,024 performances at the Imperial. The three Broadway outings of the international hit musical have played a combined 8,200 performances.

The final Broadway company was headed by John Owen-Jones as Valjean, Hayden Tee as Javert, Alison Luff as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette, David Rossmer as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, and Mark Uhre as Enjolras.

Les Misérables was written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. The original orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe, and Stephen Brooker.

This new production, which played Broadway and will now tour, is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with set and image design by Matt Kinley, inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, and projections realized by Fifty-Nine Productions. Musical staging is by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker with musical direction by James Lowe.

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