Les Misérables, affectionately known as ‘les Miz’ to millions of theatre goers, has arrived in Dallas just a scant 29 years after its first English language release and what an overwhelming and stylish performance it is by the Dallas Theater Center. Visiting director Liesl Tommy has produced a technically excellent production of this favorite, yet still found opportunities to introduce contemporary references that are fresh and relevant.
She must have found her task daunting. Les Misérables is the most watched musical in history. First performed (in the English language) in 1985 by the Royal Shakespeare Company at London’s Barbican Center after a two-year development program led by director Cameron Mackintosh, it went on to be the longest-running musical ever in London and to a record run on Broadway. This spring, a Broadway revival began at the Imperial Theatre. Add in Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea and Spain as countries currently hosting major productions, and you have a show that ‘everyone’ in your audience has seen and already formed expectations. Continue reading