Theater Tulsa has will open its 92nd season with the first local civic theatre production of the blockbuster hit musical “Les Misérables.”
Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables covers the epic and uplifting life of Jean Valjean as he rebuilds his life after an unjust prison sentence. The story features love, death, redemption and the survival of the human spirit. This production of Les Misérables includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” and “Bring Him Home.”
Although the novel has seen several adaptations, the most famous is the 1980s musical produced by Cameron Mackintosh with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and English-translated book by Herbert Kretzmer. After premiering in London’s West End, “Les Misérables” opened on Broadway in 1987 and ran 2003, making it the fifth longest-running Broadway show in history. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
Theatre Tulsa’s production is being produced by the same team behind the theatre’s latest hit shows “Oliver!,” “Legally Blonde” and “The Sound of Music.” The show features a cast of more than 75 local actors, one of the largest seen on local stages.
“So many things have been going well for Theatre Tulsa, we felt it was time to really push ourselves to an even higher level,” said Sara Phoenix, artistic director at Theatre Tulsa. “We had more than 150 people audition for this show, and we’re proud to have been able to cast the very best actors and singers in the entire city.”
The cast features Mark Frie and Jean Valjean, Mike Pryor as Javert, Christina Rardin as Fantine, Hannah Finnegan as Eponine, Samuel Briggs as Marius, plus Lance Overdorff and Catherine Ratliff as the Thenardiers.
The show is directed by Sara Phoenix, which musical direction by Jeremy Stevens.
“Les Misérables” runs August 8-24 in the John H. Williams Theater of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
The rest of Theatre Tulsa’s mainstage season includes “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Chicago,” “The 39 Steps” and “9 to 5: The Musical.” The Theatre Tulsa New Stage production will be “Next to Normal.” The Theatre Tulsa Family series will feature “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” and “Treasure Island.”
About Theatre Tulsa Theatre Tulsa is the Tulsa area’s leading non-profit civic theatre, providing professional-level productions and artistic experience to local audiences and performers.
Since 1922, Theatre Tulsa has been a part of the culture of Tulsa. Theatre Tulsa has entertained the community through the Depression, World War II and the disaster of two fires.
Theatre Tulsa has been responsible for bringing hundreds of productions to Tulsans. It premiered the first-ever community theatre productions of “Our Town” (1939), “All My Sons” (1947), the musical “Brownstone” (1985), “Miracle on 34th Street: A Musical Adaptation” (1993 – an original musical written for Theatre Tulsa), “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (2003) and the first American production of “Pitmen Painters” (2011).
Theatre Tulsa received the city’s first Tulsa Award for Theatre Excellence (TATE) for its production of “Up the Down Staircase” in 2009. The company received additional TATE awards in 2013 for its production of “Boeing-Boeing” and its collaborative youth production of “Hamlet.” Theatre Tulsa was named “Oklahoma’s Community Theatre of the Year” by the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association in 2011, and received its OCTAVision award in 2013. Visit www.theatretulsa.org for more information.
Theatre Tulsa is sponsored by a generous grant from Williams, the Frank and Diane Murphy Family Foundation and the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Theatre Tulsa is the longest continuously-operating community theatre west of the Mississippi River, and the seventh oldest in the United States.