Stage production of Les Misérables coming to Lubbock

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Updated: 5/08/2013 8:41 pm
The Broadway and big screen musical that took home multiple Academy Awards in 2012 is making its way to Lubbock later this year.

The Lubbock Symphony Orcherstra and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals announced Wednesday they will stage a full scale production of Les Misérables.

The lead part, Jean Valjean, will be played by Broadway veteran and Lubbock native David Gaschen.

Gerald Dolert, president of Moonlight Musicals, is playing the role of Inspector Javert.

Dolert said even if you saw Les Misérables at the movies, the on-stage production will be a whole new experience.

"Going to the movies whets your appetite very nicely," Dolert said, "but there are things that they can do in movies that they can't do on the stage and vice versa. My opinion is that this production, this theatrical work, belongs in a theatre."

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Dr. Mary Saathoff said this production will be the biggest either organization has ever put on.

"We are extremely excited about where this joint effort will lead, and what it means for Lubbock," says Dr. Saathoff. "Les Misérables will include professional artists from New York as well as the region's finest local talent. It will prove what is possible when performing artists and groups work together."

Dolter, who has performed with the orchestra, said the production will be completely staged and costumed.

"LMM and the LSO have produced incredible musical works in the past," he said, "but Lubbock and the South Plains will be talking about this show for years to come."

The show will run Nov. 21-24 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater. 

Pre-sale tickets will be available on May 13 for season subscribers. General public sales start May 20. Visit the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra website for more details.
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