Ocean Youth Theatre Company presents
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Directed by Andrew Miller. Musical Direction by Edward Bell.
Les Misérables has indisputably become the world's most popular musical, having played more than 48,000 professional performances to more than 60 million people in 42 countries and translated into 21 languages. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, it immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public.
The musical was nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won eight of those awards, including one for Best Musical. The show would go on to have the third longest run on Broadway, playing for sixteen years and 6,680 performances.
"Les Miz" begins in 1815 and, after 19 years on a chain gang for stealing a loaf of bread, Frenchman Jean Valjean seeks redemption. He does so by changing his name, becoming a wealthy business owner and mayor of a town, and raising the young daughter of a fired employer who became a prostitute. Years later, the country is in a state of revolution and Valjean and his daughter Cosette's fates become intertwined with the young students leading the rebellion. All the while, Valjean is hunted by the obsessive and self-righteous Inspector Javert.
This production leaves no doubt that "Les Miz" is still a magnificent piece of Victor Hugo-inspired storytelling. The songs are as memorable and moving as ever, filling the theatre with a rich, vibrant sound that has become the musical's trademark.
The star-studded film version has earned a whopping £217 million at the box office since its December premiere. Of course, there is no comparison to the film.
That is, the film pales by comparison.
Les Misérables adds to Ocean Youths exciting list of dynamic and entertaining productions following Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, Gemini, Our House, Guys & Dolls, Chess, Oklahoma! and Sweeney Todd. The company is made up of talented local performers who consistently create high quality shows.