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'Hear the People Sing' in CCM's Highly Anticipated Mainstage Production of 'Les Miserables'


This epic theatrical spectacle makes its CCM debut Feb. 27-March 9, 2014, at UC. Tickets are on sale now.

Date: 2/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Sara Kissinger
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2683
Photos By: Mark Lyons

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'Les Misérables' logo provided by Music Theatre International (MTI).
'Les Misérables' logo provided by Music Theatre International (MTI).

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Mainstage Series presents the CCM debut production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, this iconic show runs Feb. 27 – March 9 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Set in France in the early 19th-century, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean and his quest for salvation after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child. Relentlessly tracked and hounded by police inspector Javert, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a student revolution, as a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Les Misérables
was first presented at the Palais des Sports in Paris in 1980. Its English language adaptation opened at the Barbican Centre in London in 1985, overcoming bad notices through word of mouth and launching the beginning of what has turned out to be a global sensation. The Broadway production opened in 1987 and ran until 2003, closing after 6,680 performances. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Aubrey Berg, CCM's Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre, directs this new production. He explains, “I have been waiting not-so-patiently to present Les Misérables with the students at CCM for over 20 years, since I first saw it at the Barbican Theatre in 1985. It is an ideal vehicle for our talented students and production staff. We are extremely excited to bring a local production of this master work to Cincinnati audiences.”

With a score by Schönberg that has risen to pop-culture status, Les Misérables presents an incredible learning opportunity to CCM students. “Needless to say,” continued Berg, “the musical theatre majors were thrilled at the prospect of working on these meaty parts.” In order to involve as many students as possible, the notable roles of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert are double-cast. The cast for a particular performance will be displayed in the lobby prior to each show.

Now the world’s longest-running musical, seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries, Les Misérables continues to change lives. CCM Musical Theatre senior and associate director Connor Deane explains, “The show challenged me to bring believability and theatricality to the stage... It taught me how to share my heart and be part of something bigger than myself, just as the student revolutionaries sacrifice themselves on the barricade, fighting for freedom and equality.”

Aubrey Berg directs, with musical direction by Stephen Goers, dance choreography by Diane Lala, scenic design by Mark Halpin, costume design by Dean Mogle, wig and make-up design by Kaitlyn A. Adams, lighting design by David LaRose, sound design by Jeremy J. Lee, movement choreography by Vince DeGeorge, fight choreography by k. Jenny Jones and stage management by Hannah Holthaus.

Performance Times
Seniors Blaine Krauss as Jean Valjean and Kimber Sprawl as Fantine in CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Les Misérables.'
Seniors Blaine Krauss as Jean Valjean and Kimber Sprawl as Fantine in CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Les Misérables.'

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1
  • 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4
  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 7
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9
Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Les Misérables are $31-$35 for adults, $20-$24 for non-UC students and $18-$22 for UC students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/lesmiserables.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s


Les Misérables is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.MTIShows.com.