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REVIEW: 'Les Misérables' at The Fox

It is one of the best companies of this show you will ever see.

Harry Hamm
December 14, 2018 - 5:34 pm

It is rare for any musical to play The Fox 12 different times since 1989 and still draw big crowds.

The attendance for "Les Misérables" opening night Tuesday was approximately 3,000. Remarkable. But then again, "Les Miz" is one of the most remarkable musicals to be produced in the last three decades. (It has also been presented at The Muny twice.)

Based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same title from 1862, it is a story of redemption, love, friendship, political upheaval, revenge, dishonesty and sacrifice. The score and musical themes elevate the production to an almost celestial realm. A 14-piece orchestra is in the pit and travels with this substantial company. Production values are magnificent.

Standouts in this large cast include Nick Cartell in the lead role of Jean Valjean, Josh Davis as Javert and Allison Guinn as Madam Thenardier. I have never seen a better cast of "Les Miz," with the exception of the original Broadway company lead by the great Irish tenor Colm Wilkinson. There is a large compliment of youngsters in this company, and they are all accomplished.

This is just a one-week engagement at The Fox for “Les Misérables.” It closes Sunday, Dec. 16. It is one of the best companies of this show you will ever see. It is classically spectacular and replete with voices that stir the soul.

4 1/2 Stars