First Night Award-winning Boiler Room Theatre To Stage LES MISERABLES in August


First Night Award-winning Boiler Room Theatre, recognized as Tennessee's Outstanding Theatre Company in 2011, will stage a full production of Les Miserables with a limited run in August, 2013. The iconic musical will be presented as a special three-performance benefit for the non-profit Boiler Room Theatre August 8-10.

Considered by many to be the most popular musical in the world, Les Miserables tells the story of former convict Jean Valjean's quest for redemption while being hounded by the relentless inspector Javert in 19th century France. Set against the backdrop of revolutionary times in France, LES MISERABLES features a score that includes "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Bring Him Home" and "One Day More."

For this large-scale benefit, the Boiler Room Theatre is venturing outside of its familiar 120-seat performance space and will stage Les Miserables in the much larger Liberty Hall venue, also located at The Factory at Franklin. Continuing its mission to foster and promote local talent, the entire 20-plus member cast will consist of Nashville-area residents with auditions slated to be held in early March.

Performances of Les Miserableswill be held at 8 p.m. August 8-10 at Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin. Ticket prices will range from $29 to $99 and are available by calling the BRT box office at (615) 794-7744 or ordered online in 2013 at

For information about corporate sponsorship's or volunteer opportunities for Boiler Room Theatre's benefit production of Les Miserables, call the box office or email

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor outstanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.


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