MSUToday
Published: Oct. 21, 2019

Musical phenomenon ‘Les Misérables’ returns to the Wharton Center

Contact(s): Bob Hoffman Wharton Center office: (517) 884-3115 bob.hoffman@whartoncenter.com

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, “Les Misérables,” will return to the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall for one week only from Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this new production has left audiences and critics awestruck. The Huffington Post hailed it as the “Les Miz for the 21st Century.”

“I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever,” Mackintosh said.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars" and many more, the epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

Mackintosh’s production of “Les Misérables” has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, along with additional material by a myriad of talented writers, designers and musicians.

This will be the seventth time “Les Misérables” visits Wharton Center. The show first toured to Wharton Center in the 1988-1989 season and was last here in 2011-2012. There will be an after chat immediately following the Thursday evening performance.

“Les Misérables” is the world’s longest running musical, now in its 35th year in London. The on-screen adaptation of “Les Misérables,” also produced by Mackintosh along with others, is now the most successful movie adaptation of an original stage musical.

The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Dubai, Manila, Singapore, Brazil and Mexico. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses across North America and on tour in the U.K.

Along with the Oscar-winning movie, it has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. “Les Misérables” is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere.

To date, “Les Misérables” remains the fifth longest-running Broadway production of all time.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public. To purchase tickets, visit whartoncenter.com, call 1.800.WHARTON or visit the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office. Ticket prices start at $47.