Theater: Les Misérables – National Tour

Opened: September 28, 2017

Book by: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg & Jean-Marc Natel

Music by: Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyrics by: Herbert Kretzmer

National Tour Replacement Cast: Nick Cartell, Josh Davis, Felipe Barbosa Bombonato, Brent Comer, Olivia Dei Cicchi, Monté J. Howell, Andrew Maughan, Darrell Morris Jr., Patrick Rooney, Christopher Viljoen, Mary Kate Moore, Alison Cusano, Maggie Elizabeth May, Kelsey Denae, John Ambrosino, Andrew Love, Annabel Cole, Mackenzie Mercer, Allison Guinn, Jimmy Smagula, Robbie Crandall, Jasper Davenport, Paige Smallwood, Jillian Butler, Matt Shingledecker, Joshua Grosso, Stavros Koumbaros, Matt Hill, Caitlin Finnie, Bree Murphy, Dominique Paton, Erin Ramirez, Kayla Teruel, Jillian Gray, Tim Quartier, Julia Ellen Richardson, Brett Stoelker & Kyle Timson

Over 30 years after it first premiered, Les Misérables continues to stun audiences with its epic plot and powerful libretto.

Jean Valjean (Nick Cartell) is a convict on the run from Officer Javert (Josh Davis) and acts as father to Cosette (Jillian Butler), the daughter of the ill-fated Fantine (Mary Kate Moore). Cosette falls in love with Marius (Joshua Grosso) just as he begins a revolution with other students in Paris.

The show can be hard to follow with the first act taking place over 17 years with little notation of time change. And while the actors have glorious voices, their sound seems more important than enunciation.

Paige Smallwood’s Eponine gives one of the strongest “On My Own” performances and will have you in tears during her short portion of the show.

Final say: Iconic for most. ★★★★☆

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