This winter, Washington audiences will be able to see the mega-hit Les Misérables up close in Signature’s MAX Theatre. Signature’s Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer explained in a Playbill interview: “It’s an epic show to be seen in the intimate setting of only 280 seats and we’re setting it in a whole different world. Walt Spangler’s set will encase the entire theatre, where the audience cannot help but be in Paris, in the barricades, in the tavern. It’s really exciting to have people who think they know the show rediscover it in this truly amazing way.” Schaeffer added, “Most productions follow the romanticism of Les Misérables. Signature will have that romanticism but at the same time emphasize the fact that it’s a story about a war, a revolution with blood and death that’s tearing people apart. …No one in our country will ever have witnessed Les Misérables like this.”
Broadway vets head the cast:Greg Stone as the fugitive Jean Valjean; Tom Zemon as relentless pursuer Javert; Doug Kreeger (recently seen in MetroStage’s Rooms: A Rock Romance) as the student revolutionary Marius, in love with Cosette, played by Stephanie Waters.
Featured roles include Washington favorites two-time Helen Hayes nominee Tracy Lynn Olivera as Fantine. Christopher Bloch as Thenardier, Helen Hayes Award winner Sherri L. Edelen as Madame Thenardier and Felicia Curry as their daughter Eponine. Chris Sizemore (this year’s Audience Choice Award winner) will make his Signature debut as the student leader Enjolras.
The cast also includes Kurt Boehm, Matt Conner, James Gardiner, Adam Ethan Grabau, Michael Grew, Sam Ludwig, Aaron Reeder, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Stephen Gregory Smith, Russell Sunday, Eleasha Gamble, Channez McQuay, Amy McWilliams, Hannah Willman, Weslie Woodley, Jamie Boyle, Patrick D. McMahan and Julie Wolf.
According to the Signature website, subscribers can buy tickets now. Tickets go on sale to the general public Sept 28th.
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