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JUPITER — The passion and imagery that is based on novelist Victor Hugo’s classic tale, Les Misérables, will transform the stage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre into 19th century France beginning Tuesday.
Survival of the human spirit prevails in this larger-than-life tale of compassion and destruction. Seen by over 70 million people in more than 42 countries, Les Misérables has received over 76 awards internationally, including eight Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards.
Les Misérables is set against the backdrop of a France still roiling from the effects of the French Revolution, where escaped convict Jean Valjean spends decades on the run from relentless police officer Javert. This smash hit musical features unforgettable songs, including I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More and On My Own.
The musical has been translated into 21 languages since opening on London’s West End in 1985, where it remains onstage. It also plays in New York City, and in theaters in England, Australia, Japan, Korea and Spain.
“Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the greatest musicals of all time, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production is not to be missed,” said Andrew Kato, the theater’s producing artistic director. “This is your chance to see this large-scale worldwide phenomenon up close and personal. This stunning professional production will remind you of the simplest of truths: the redemptive power of unconditional, selfless love.”
Directed and choreographed by Carbonell Award winner Mark Martino (The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Crazy for You), the musical features a cast of acclaimed actors, including Aloysius Gigl as Javert, Gregg Goodbrod as Jean Valjean, Margaret Kelly as Fantine and Siri Howard as Cosette.
“Les Misérables offers a churning and compelling story about the struggle between opposites and contradictions: mercy and justice, compassion and duty, trust and betrayal, love and loss, dreams and reality, vengeance and compassion,” Martino said. “This epic musical has a wonderful story, unforgettable characters and a soaring score that compels us to feel in our bones the fervor of rebellion, the sweetness of love, the sorrow of loss and the final joy and peace of salvation.”
The production at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter, runs through April 5. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org for show times; tickets start at $54. For tickets and additional information, call (561) 575-2223.