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Les Misérables

a new production of the musical
by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg


Department of Musical Theatre

Power Center
April 17-20*, 2014 (*Easter Sunday)

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The Story: Sent to jail for stealing a loaf of bread in 19th century France, prisoner Jean Valjean earns his release after 19 years of imprisonment only to find a world unwilling to give him a second chance. When a kind Bishop comes to his aid, Valjean breaks his parole in the hope of starting a new life. In time, Valjean is able to become a prosperous business owner, loving adoptive father, and politician. But not all is serene as police inspector Javert, convinced Valjean cannot change, relentlessly pursues the parole breaker. As Valjean confronts and evades Javert at various turns, each man must face how their game of cat and mouse has challenged their ideas of a virtuous life. A story filled with revolution and romance, Les Misérables is an epic tale of hope and redemption.

Background: Based on the 1862 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, the musical Les Misérables debuted in France in 1980 as a concept album by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. The show gained popularity after an English version opened on the West End in 1985 and reached Broadway in March 1987. The musical won the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Musical, Book, and Score. It has been hugely popular ever since, playing to over 60 million people around the world. Join us beyond the barricade for a decisively U-M take on this contemporary masterpiece.

Artistic Staff

Director Joe Locarro
Music Director Catherine Walker Adams
Scenic Designer  
Costume Designer George Bacon
Lighting Designer Aaron Tacy
Sound Designer  
Stage Manager Kaitlin Lantz



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower