LES MISERABLES Benefits UNLV Performing Arts Center & Golden Rainbow, Beg. Tonight
LES MISERABLES, the musical adaption Victor Hugo's famous tale of Jean Valjean breaking parole during France's June Rebellion, will take stage tonight, February 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. at UNLV's Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, and will feature and onstage orchestra and choir with the cast. The performance is a fundraiser for UNLV's Performing Arts Center and School of the Arts in addition to Golden Rainbow, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and financial assistance to those with HIV and AIDS living in Southern Nevada. Tickets begin at $25 and may be purchased at www.unlvtickets.com or by calling (702) 895-ARTS (2787).
The musical event of LES MISERABLES will be lead by musical director Bill Fayne, a popular figure in Las Vegas music who has worked in the past with Barbara Streisand and Clint Holmes. Andrew Wright, head of Ragtag Entertainment, will produce the show. He and Fayne have collaborated for productions includingCompany, which won them a Best of Las Vegas Award, and Putting It Together at The Smith Center among others.
"There is passion on so many levels," said Wright. "This is a winning combination of direction and performance to help causes dear to our hearts."
The production of LES MISERABLES features diverse performers from local Strip shows, Broadway, opera and the general community.
Featured performers include:
Tim Molyneux, Weekend 1 Jean Valjean
Randal Keith, Weekend 2 Jean Valjean
A former Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES productions including Broadway and member of Las Vegas Phat Pack
Benjamin Loewy, Javert Weekend 1
Local dramatic actor
Carnell Johnson, Javert Weekend 2
Las Vegas opera standout
Ellie Smith, Eponine
Miss Northeast Nevada and 2012 Miss Teen Nevada
Bruce Block, Thernardiere
Comedian and magician who appeared twice on America's Got Talent
Kellie Wright, Madame Thenardiere
Musical actress and former Jubilee singer
Ayler Evan, Enjolras
Musical performer including Bobby in Company at LVH
Alex Mendoza, Ensemble
Performer at Venetian and recent performer in Fresno LES MISERABLES production
Cyndi Lee, Ensemble
Former Jubilee singer
Ian Gargantiel, Ensemble
Las Vegas opera standout and Venetian performer
Marco Varela, Ensemble
Seattle Opera tenor