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Les Misérables

Suzi Recommended

Directed by Justin Anderson
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Sarah Turner Sechelski

Hunted relentlessly by police inspector Javert for breaking parole, Jean Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young, orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air, Valjean has no choice but to sacrifice everything to protect those he loves. Experience this epic musical like never before, in the intimacy of the Aurora where audiences will feel like part of the revolution. Featuring Suzi Award Winners Bryant Smith & Natasha Drena.

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All remaining performances of Les Misérables are sold out. Email the Box Office if you would like to be put on a wait list for cancellations. You may also come to the theatre on the night of a performance and any unused seats will be sold. Thank you for your continued support of Aurora Theatre.

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About the Authors

Alain Boublil (Book) marked his transition from songwriting to musical theatre and the start of his collaboration with Claude-Michel Schönberg with his first musical, La Revolution Française in 1973, the hit album that became the first ever staged French musical. His idea of writing a musical version of Les Misérables brought them together again in 1978. The acclaimed show was written over a two-year period and recorded as an album before its opening at the Palais de Sports in Paris in September 1980. In 1983 Mr. Boublil met Cameron Mackintosh which led to his first London production Abbacadabra (a musical fairy-tale set to ABBA music) and to working with Claude-Michel and directors and writers on the English language adaptation of Les Misérables. The show has subsequently opened in 19 countries and 14 languages. Among the many awards Mr. Boublil has received were two Tony Awards in 1987 for Best Score and Best Book for the NY production and a 1988 Grammy for the Best Original Broadway Cast Recording which he co-produced with Claude-Michel Schönberg. Miss Saigon opened on September 20, 1989 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London and on April 11, 1991 in NY. The show has also played in Tokyo and Toronto with future production scheduled for Sydney, Australia and Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Boublil will maintain a close association with all the international productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon while working with Claude-Michel on the screenplays for motion picture versions of both musicals.

Claude-Michel Schönberg (Book/Music) is a successful record producer and songwriter who began his collaboration with Alain Boublil in 1973, writing the very first French musical, La Revolution Française. Mr. Schönberg played the role of Louis XVI in that production and also co-produced the double-gold record album of the show. In 1974, he recorded an album, singing his own compositions and lyrics, which included the number one hit single “Le Premier Pas.” In 1980, after two years’ work on the score, Mr. Schönberg and Mr. Boublil’s musical Les Misérables opened in Paris, where it was seen by more than 1.5 million people. In 1983, Mr. Schönberg produced an opera album in Paris with Julia Migenes Johnson and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Following work on the London production of Les Misérables (the 3rd longest running musical in British theatre history), Mr. Schönberg co-produced the double-platinum London cast album and became involved in casting all the major overseas productions of the show, including the American, Japanese and Australian companies. He won two coveted Tony Awards, for Best Score and Book, for the Broadway production of Les Misérables and a Grammy Award for the Best Original Cast Recording, which he co-produced with Alain Boublil. He also worked closely on the symphonic recording of the show. His score for Miss Saigon, again written in collaboration with Alain Boublil, has repeated the international success story of Les Misérables. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and again bringing together many members of the creative team behind Les Misérables, Miss Saigon opened with huge success at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London in September 1989, in New York in April 1991, in Tokyo in May 1992 and in Chicago (the first national U.S. tour) in November 1992. Other productions opened in Sydney, Australia and Stuttgart, Germany.

Herbert Kretzmer (Lyrics), born in South Africa, came to London in 1954, and has since pursued twin careers as a newspaperman and songwriter. He was a feature writer at the Daily Sketch and a profile writer at the Sunday Dispatch. He joined the Daily Express in 1960 and later became its drama critic, a post he held for 18 years. Since 1979 he has been writing TV criticism for the Daily Mail and has won, in this capacity, two national press awards. As a lyric writer he wrote weekly songs for BBC-TV’s That Was The Week That Was. He won an Ivor Novello Award for the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy song “Goodness Gracious Me.” Other award-winning lyrics include two written for Charles Aznavour: “Yesterday When I Was Young” and the chart-topping “She.” Mr. Kretzmer wrote book and lyrics for the West End’s Our Man Crichton, which starred Kenneth More and Millicent Martin, and lyrics for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s The Four Musketeers. He also supplied lyrics for the Anthony Newly film Can Heironymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness? Tony Award, 1987, Best Score, Les Misérables.


Producer’s Quote

“I have, quite literally, been waiting 30 years to do this show. My father bought me the cast recording, on vinyl no less, not knowing how this music would stir my soul and shape the person I have become, dedicated to a life in the arts. In this our 18th Season, Aurora is starting an ARTS Revolution, a yearlong campaign using art as a catalyst to make our world a better place. I can’t think of a better way to inspire an audience into an ARTS Revolution than with Les Misérables. Just like the song says, ‘Who will join in our crusade, who will be strong and stand with me, somewhere beyond the barricade is a world I long to see.’ ”—Anthony P. Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director


Lobby Art Exhibition

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Rooftop II by Alan Zarter

About the Artist: Alan Zarter

Alan had been the photographer on family trips in his youth and continued to enjoy photography as a hobby. He started carrying his camera with him on sales trips and decided that he wanted to learn more than he could by trial and error. Since he traveled so often he decided distance learning was the answer. He took a two-year course offered by Canon and then spent 3 years on the professional track offered by the New York Institute of Photography. Because he makes prints for many artists and studios, he has to work hard at making time for his own photography. Alan and his wife travel as often as they can and usually come back with several more images to add for upcoming shows. His subjects tend to be peaceful—landscapes, lakes, beaches, flowers, horses. He currently shoots in digital format but still produces work from his many years of shooting film. He is now printing his work mostly on canvas—he likes the look, the ease of care, and the option to enjoy it without a frame. Alan is Co-Founder and Vice-President of the North Gwinnett Arts Association, in Suwanee; Former Vice-President, Board member and current member of the North Georgia Arts Guild in Clayton; and is ”Featured Artist” in the July 2010 and August 2008 issue of Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine. Visit Alan’s Website

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July 25–September 8, 2013

Performances:
Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $30–$40

Wednesday Discount Matinees
August 14, 21 & 28 at 10:00am
Tickets $20

*No Wednesday evening performances
on August 14, 21 & 28

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Watch the Gwinnett Daily Post’s behind-the-scenes video of preparations for our production of Les Misérables
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Wine Down Wednesdays

Wine Down Wednesday

Free wine tasting in the lobby before select Wednesday evening performances from 6:30–8:00pm.

July 31, August 7 & September 4.

Courtesy of
Leslie the Wine Gal

The wines paired for our production of Les Misérables are all French wines, bien sûr:

July 31:
Louis Max Bourgogne Blanc
Petit Caprice Rosé
Louis Max Bourgogne Rouge
Petit Caprice Rouge (Grenache & Syrah)

August 7:
Les Roches Touraine Sauvignon
Réserve des Vignerons Saumur Blanc (Chenin Blanc)
Bois Meney Cotes du Franc
Réserve des Vignerons Saumur Rouge (Cabernet Franc)

September 4:
Bourgeois Pig, Snobbishly Fine Wines


Aurora Theatre
Presents
A New Production of

Les Misérables

A Musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Based on a Novel by Victor Hugo

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original French Text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
Additional Material by James Fenton
Adapted and Originally Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Orchestration by John Cameron

Cast
Jean Valjean Bryant Smith*
Javert Kevin Harry
Fantine/Dance Captain Natasha Drena*
Marius Pontmercy Michael Stiggers
Enjolras Lowrey Brown
Cosette Kelly Chapin Schmidt
Éponine Thénardier Leslie Bellair
Monsieur Thénardier Anthony P. Rodriguez
Madame Thénardier Marcie Millard
The Bishop of Digne Shane Desmond-Williams
Male Ensemble 1 Christopher Lewis
Male Ensemble 2 Jono Davis
Male Ensemble 3 Al Stilo
Male Ensemble 4 Dan Ford
Male Ensemble 5 Alex B. West
Male Ensemble 6 Benjamin Davis
Male Ensemble 7 Edward McCreary
Male Ensemble 8 Evan McLean
Male Ensemble 9 Stuart W. Schleuse
Female Ensemble 1 Jessica De Maria
Female Ensemble 2 Margaret Ivey
Female Ensemble 3 Ally Duncan
Female Ensemble 4 Shelli Delgado
Female Ensemble 5 Traci Weisberg
Female Ensemble 6 Akia Sembly
Young Gavroche 1 Hoke Faser
Young Gavroche 2 Daniel Forbes Jr.
Young Cosette 1 Mabel Tyler
Young Cosette 2 Christa Beth Campbell
Young Éponine 1 Alma Kent
Young Éponine 2 Stella Smith
Production Staff
Director Justin Anderson
Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez
Music Director/Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Choreographer Sarah Turner Sechelski
Resident Stage Manager/
Light Board Operator
Katie Pelkey
Set Designer Phil Male
Lighting Designer Mike Post
Sound Designer/
Assistant Technical Director
Daniel Terry
Costume Designer Alan Yeong
Props Designer Scott Sargent
Wig Consultant Robert Michael Navarre
Production Manager Britt Hultgren Ramroop
Technical Director James M. Helms
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson
Stitcher Maria Estes
Assistant Stage Manager Katie Chambers
Sound Board Operator Alan Kirkland
Spot Operator 1 Molly Huntington
Spot Operator 2 Sergio Rubio
Directing Assistant Catie Councell
Band
Conductor/Keyboard 1 Ann-Carol Pence
Percussion Mark Biering
Bass Greg Armijo
Trumpet/Flugelhorn Kevin McKinney
Horn David McCurley
Trombone/Tuba Mike Wilson
Reed 1 Joel Barker
Reed 2 Nancy Wilson
Violin Michele Volz
Cello Mary Horst or April Still
Keyboard 2 Chris Brent Davis or
Dale Grogan
Keyboard 2 Programmer Chris Brent Davis

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Original London Production by Cameron Mackintosh and
The Royal Shakespeare Company

Les Misérables is licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI)
by Arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

Les Misérables is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
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