Drayton Entertainment Announces LES MISERABLES as 2014 Season Flagship Production
After months of rampant public speculation, Drayton Entertainment's Artistic Director Alex Mustakas today announced LES MISERABLES as the organization's flagship production for the 2014 Season.
The coup is the result of Mustakas trying for years to secure the rights to one of the biggest and most successful productions in Broadway history.
The epic musical will take centre stage at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge June 11th to August 2nd, and theHuron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend August 7th to August 30th.
"It has been a personal dream to bring this musical to our audience," says Mustakas. "LES MISERABLES is without a doubt the most ambitious production in our organization's history. We are invigorated by the challenges inherent with mounting a true mega musical."
The secrecy surrounding the production the last four months has created much intrigue throughout Canada's theatre community and among the general public. Over 10,000 tickets had already been snapped up by enthusiastic theatregoers prior to the title's release.
One of the most celebrated musicals of our time, LES MISERABLES is the longest running musical in the word. It has entertained more than 65 million people in 42 countries around the world with translations into 21 different languages. The stage production was only translated back into the language of Victor Hugo for its French World Première in Montréal, Quebec, in 1991. The musical has won over 100 major theatre awards including 2 Laurence Olivier Awards for the Original West End production, as well as 8 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards for the Original Broadway production.
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, LES MISERABLES tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean who is hunted for decades by the ruthless police officer Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, their lives are forever changed ... along with the destiny of an entire nation.
"A testament to the survival of the human spirit, LES MISERABLES is a tour-de-force production that takes audiences on an unforgettable emotional journey through broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption," says Mustakas. "This show will attract audiences from across the province, and become a landmark production in our history. It is really going to be quite spectacular."