David Michael Felty Stars in Riverside Theatre's LES MISERABLES, Opening Tonight

Riverside Theatre's Simply Amazing Season continues with the international smash musical hit, LES MISERABLES. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score, LES MISERABLES performs on the Stark Stage from tonight, February 21 through March 17, 2013 and is presented by Wilmington Trust and through the courtesy Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers.

Originally scheduled to run from tonight, February 21st through March 10th, sales have demanded an extra week of performances. LES MISERABLES is now scheduled to close on March 17, 2013.

Epic, grand, and uplifting, LES MISERABLES brings to life the tragic story of Jean Valjean, a convict, whose entire life is changed due to a single act of kindness. This beautiful tale, set in early 19th-century France, tells of the redeeming nature of forgiveness and the human sprit. The magnificent score features the classic favorites "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear People Sing?," "On My Own," and many others. Winner of over 70 major Drama awards, this sweeping musical has captured the hearts of over 60 million people worldwide. The Broadway production opened in March of 1987 and closed in May of 2008 after 6, 680 performances, making it the fourth longest-running Broadway show in history.

With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Nate and an English adaptation by Herbert Kretzmer, LES MISERABLES is based on the novel of the same name by French author, Victor Hugo. Originally released as a French-language concept album, a copy of the album was brought to the attention of producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was impressed enough to assemble a production team to produce an English-language version. The adaptation opened at the Barbican Centre in London on October 8, 1985 and is still playing on London's West End. It is the longest running musical in West End history. The book of the musical was written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil with an English adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

French poet, novelist and dramatist, Victor Hugo was born in 1802 during a time of national and political turmoil. His father served in Napoleon's army as Napoleon swept through Europe. His mother, tired of constantly moving, settled in Paris, where she saw to her children's strict Catholic upbringing. Victor would eventually rebel against the Catholic/Royalist indoctrination and champion Republicanism and free thought.

He waited to marry his childhood friend, Adele Foucher, until after his mother's death in 1821, because his mother did not approve of her. The couple had five children during their tumultuous marriage with the first child dying in infancy and his eldest, and favorite, daughter dying at the age of 19 in an accident on the Seine River. His estrangement from Adele in the 1830's resulted in an affair with Juliette Drouet, an actress in one of his plays.

A prominent politician throughout his life, Victor was first elected as a Peer of France in 1845, the year he decided to write a novel about social misery and injustice that was to be called LES MISERABLES. It would take 17 years for the book to be finally published in 1862. Hugo died in 1885 at age 83. Voted a national hero, he lay in state at the Arc de Triomphe prior to being interred in the Pantheon. According to his wishes, he was buried in a pauper's coffin.

Riverside Theatre's production is directed by Allen D. Cornell, Producing Artistic Director of Riverside. Mr. Cornell also serves as Scenic Designer for the show. Riverside's LES MISERABLES stars David Michael Felty as Jean Valjean, Todd Alan Johnson as Javert, Becky Gulsvig as Eponine, Traci Bair as Fantine, Sarah Stevens as Cosette, Bruce Landry as Marius, Peter Gosik as Enjolras, Kevin T. Collins as Thenardier, and Alicia Irving as Mme. Thenardier. Gavroche will be played by Noah David Felty and Bobby Miller III. Young Cosette and Young Eponine will be played by Kristi Beckett and Sophia Liano.

The ensemble cast includes: Mark Willis Borum, Erik Bryan, Lani Corson, Victoria Huston-Elem, Jennifer Lynn Felty, Andrew Foote, Andrew Giordano, John Grieco, Sean Jernigan, Edward Juvier, Kristin Kelleher, Anna Kelly, Ben Mayne, Val Moranto, Anthony Nuccio, Will Sevedge, Matthew Charles Thompson, Dana Winkle, and Karen Zondag.

The design team includes: DJ Salisbury (Musical Staging), Ken Clifton (Music Director), Richard Mason (Asst. Scenic Designer), Rafael Castanera (Costume Designer), Rob Siler (Lighting Designer), Craig Beyrooti (Sound Designer) with Mark Johnson (Stage Manager) and Amy Bertacini (Assistant Stage Manager). Casting was done in New York by Wojcik / Seay Casting, LLC.

LES MISERABLES performs tonight, February 21 through March 17, 2013 on the Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre. Tickets are $36 - $70. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Performances are:
February 21, 22, 23, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 @ 8pm
February 23, 24, 27, 28, March 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16 & 17 @ 2pm
February 27, 28, March 6, 7, 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm

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