Les Mis Opens at Paramount Theatre
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, taking home eight including Best Score and Best Musical, Les Mis is an enthralling spectacle with brilliant imagery, magnificent orchestrations, stirring lyrics and a story of heroic human commitment that audiences will not soon forget.
Les Misérables opened at Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora on March 18.
Based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is set in early 19th century France, where Jean Valjean, a French peasant, is on a quest for redemption after being jailed for 19 years for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him with a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into the French Revolution, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
Les Misérables, a sung-through musical, is by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text byAlain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, adapted and originally directed by Trevor Nunn
and John Caird, and orchestrations by John Cameron.
Performances continue through April 26. Show times are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $41 to $54. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., in the heart of downtown Aurora.