Nehal Joshi, Justin Keyes, Allison Blackwell & More to Lead Dallas Theater Center's LES MISERABLES
Dallas Theater Center will fill the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre stage with the glorious music of the most popular musical of all time in a thrilling new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's LES MISERABLES. Audiences will be swept away by the epic sounds of LES MISERABLES, directed by Liesl Tommy, which opens in previews on June 27 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through August 17 at the Wyly Theatre. Tickets to LES MISERABLES are on sale now at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202.
"We are thrilled that Dallas Theater Center is bringing the moving story and passion-filled music of LES MISERABLES to the stage in the first production by a professional theater company in North Texas," said DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. "Immensely talented director Liesl Tommy will make use of the Wyly Theatre's unparalleled flexibility to create a deeply immersive experience that is unlike any other production of LES MISERABLES."
The epic classic LES MISERABLES follows ex-convict Jean Valjean in his attempt to live a better life, while perused Javert, an unflinching officer of the law. LES MISERABLES is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit and will thrill audiences with beautiful melodies and an impassioned story of hope, redemption and forgiveness.
Critically acclaimed actor Nehal Joshi, who starred as Captain Walker in DTC's 2009 production of The Who's Tommy, returns to the DTC stage as Jean Valjean; Justin Keyes, who audiences will remember from Give It Up!, returns as Marius; and making their DTC debuts are Allison Blackwell as Fantine; Edward Watts as Javert; John Campione as Enjorlas; Dorcas Leung as Cossette; Elizabeth Judd as Eponine; and Christia Mantzke as Madame Thenardier. The cast includes Brierley Resident Acting Company members Daniel Duque-Estrada; Hassan El-Amin as the Bishop; Alex Organ; Christie Vela; and Steven Michael Walters as Thenardier. Additional members of the cast are Kyle Anderson; Feleceia Benton; Jonathan Bragg; Christopher Deaton; Lillian De Leon; Traci Lee; Laura Lites; Morgan Mason; Brandon Nase and Seth Womack. Mark Hancock and Spencer Sloan appear as Gavroche; Jemma Kosane and Lama Salinas as Little Cossette; and Abby Chapman and Libby Roy as Young Eponine.
"The thought of tackling a beast like LES MISERABLES can be intimidating, but I was thrilled when Kevin asked me to direct it. Coming from South Africa during the struggle, revolution has always been a part of my conversation, as have freedom and justice," said Tommy. "LES MISERABLES provides an opportunity to explore what those things mean in an epic, contemporary and hyper-theatrical way. Coming up with a conceptual attack is the first step. Assembling the appropriate creative team and cast to realize the idea is something entirely different. After a rigorous audition process in both Dallas and NYC, I feel so lucky to have such a wonderfully gifted group of artists to breathe life into this beautiful musical with me."
LES MISERABLES is choreographed by Christopher Windom, who has appeared on Broadway in Fosse and Damn Yankees, and music direction is by Sinai Tabek. Other members of the creative team are scenic designer John Coyne (DTC's Henry IV); costume designer Jacob Climer; lighting designer Colin Bills and sound designer Ray Nardelli.
Tickets for LES MISERABLES are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $15 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202. LES MISERABLES opens with previews on Friday, June 27 at 8:00 pm with a Pay-What-You-Can performance. Tickets to this performance will be available for purchase online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org beginning Monday, June 23. Any unsold tickets to the PWYC performance will be available for purchase at the Wyly Theatre box office the night of the show beginning at 6:30pm. DTC's Come Early sponsored by Wells Fargo will take place one hour before every performance and will be led by Hassan El-Amin. Patrons will have the opportunity to learn about the play prior to viewing the production. DTC's Dr. Pepper Snapple Stay Late will take place after each performance and will be led by Daniel Duque-Estrada. Patrons will have the opportunity to engage with artists, learn about the production and share insights about the play in a lively discussion. Details for Come Early and Stay Late are available online.