LES MISÉRABLES Breaks CTG Box Office Records

"Les Misérables" broke box office records at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre for the final four weeks of its run, beginning the week of July 4, 2011, and continuing through the closing week ending July 31. The closing week gross was $1,530,099, the highest for a single week in Ahmanson history. "Les Misérables" now also holds the record for the highest grossing single performance, with receipts of $207,607 for the July 31 matinee. (The previous record was held by "Jersey Boys" on July 22, 2007.)

The all new production of "Les Misérables," featuring glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, continues the national tour, stopping next in Portland, Oregon.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh commented, "I find it truly amazing that Les Misérables continually has the power to surprise, so I'm thrilled that my new production has broken major box office records at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre and that it is selling out in theatres all over America on its National Tour.  At the same time the London production, starring Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas, is also continually breaking house records and holds the biggest advance of any musical in London, 26 years into its run.  And the movie hasn't started shooting yet!"

Center Theatre Group's Producing Director Doug Baker said, "We anticipatEd Strong ticket sales for ‘Les Miz' and were ecstatic when sales exceeded expectations.  Cameron Macintosh's new production is outstanding and we were honored to premiere it in the L.A. market at the Ahmanson for our loyal subscribers and regular ticket buyers.  Even Carmageddon couldn't put a damper on our record breaking box office results.  Bravo to Cameron, NETworks Presentations and the ‘Les Miz' creative team."

Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Boublil and Schönberg's "Les Misérables" has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton.  The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley, inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.

Seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, "Les Misérables" is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe. There have been 36 cast recordings of "Les
Misérables," including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning
Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and the soon to be released live recording of the new 25th Anniversary production. Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film of "Les Misérables" with Working Title and Universal.

For the final production of the 2010-2011 Ahmanson season, ticket holders will attend Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets are now available for the 2011-2012 season which begins with "Bring It On: The Musical" in October.
To purchase season tickets, call 213-972-4444 or go to www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.


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