|Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner|
|July 24, 2014 Lisa Betz|
The crown jewel of Theatre West’s 25th anniversary season, Les Miserables, is well underway and you won’t want to miss it. There are only a few more chances to see this grand undertaking. In fact, stop reading, pick up the phone and call the box office right now because tickets may even be sold out as I type. While that would be a fantastic coup for Theatre West, it would also be a shame if you missed it.
With achingly beautiful music, interpreted by the Valley’s strongest singers, including Tim Hebbert in the lead role of Jean Valjean, Matt Hebbert as his nemesis, Javert, accompanied by the rock-solid performances of Marikita Payne as Fantine, Brittney Mitchell as Cosette, Titus Kautz as Marius and Lauren Newell playing Eponine in the other significant roles, what’s not to love?
The company should be given props for taking on such a big project. With 65 members of the cast, the costuming alone would be a challenge. The music is difficult, at times reaching such notes as seem impossible to hit and this cast nails every one. A special nod goes to the revolutionaries, whose blend of voices thrills the soul.
Don’t miss this show!
If you are free this weekend get your tickets right away and prepare for a beautiful story that will move your heart and fill your senses with its tragic beauty, beauty as only music can do. Bravo to Theatre West.
Les Miserables continues this week at WNCC’s Little Theatre, July 22-26. Contact the Theatre West box office at (308) 635-6193.
Editor's note: The writer, also a professional actress, served as a company actress in Theatre West's first season under founding Artistic Director Florence Dyer.