Les Misérables comes to TPAC

Phoenix Best as ‘Éponine’ in the new national tour of LES MISÉRABLES. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Phoenix Best as ‘Éponine’ in the new national tour of Les Misérables. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Les Misérables, still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year, comes to Nashville for a special engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall Tuesday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, November 19. Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon comes direct from a celebrated two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production of Les Misérables, which broke box office records during its pre-Broadway tour, has left both audiences and critics awestruck.

“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 has said.

Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit, set against the backdrop of 19th-century France. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, Les Misérables has now been seen by more than 130 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe.

“A timely and visually powerful piece of art that has touched generations, Les Misérables is one of Broadway’s enduring masterpieces,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president, and chief executive officer. “It’s a dramatic and unforgettable audience favorite, and we’re thrilled to share this new production, fresh from Broadway, with our audiences so they can revisit this spectacular story or experience it for the first time.”

Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

The original Les Misérables orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by James Dodgson, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

Les Misérables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on Oct. 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on Dec. 4, 1985, and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004, where it continues to play to packed houses and is the only version of the original production left in the world. The original Broadway production of Les Misérables opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on Oct. 17, 1990, running for 6,680 performances. The original U.S. National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed the show back to New York on Nov. 9, 2006, where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.