**PLEASE NOTE THAT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26's PERFORMANCE WILL BEGIN AT 7:30PM**
**A 2:00PM MATINEE HAS BEEN ADDED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28**
Les Misérables returns to Houston in a reinvented production to open Bayou City Theatrics’ second season of theatre
After a critically acclaimed and highly successful inaugural season, Bayou City Theatrics has chosen to open their second season with a reinvented production of the world-famous musical, Les Misérables. Following the success of the 2012 Academy Award winning film adaptation, (starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway) Music Theatre International released the performance rights for the musical to be licensed to companies nationwide. BCT’s Artistic Director, Colton Berry, jumped at the chance.
“I am very lucky to have had the privilege of directing one of the very first productions of the School Edition (to be performed by actors under the age of 18) back in 2005 on the East Coast,” says Berry. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the show and cannot wait to recreate it and allow Houstonians to experience it with fresh eyes.”
Bayou City Theatrics consistently proved (through their inaugural 2012-2013 season) that each production followed suit with the company’s vision: re-creating musicals through new theatrical concepts and breathing new life into pieces we know and love. BCT’s first season, including a 1980’s hair-band themed Rocky Horror Show, an intimate steam-punk Into the Woods, a dark and camp-less Little Shop of Horrors, an in-the-round and glitz stripped Aida as well as a highly stylized Wild Party all skewed our preconceived notions for those musicals. So what is to happen with Les Misérables? How will BCT put their own stamp on a musical that is vastly well-known and beloved?
“Victor Hugo’s epic novel is just that; epic. Both the original West End and Broadway productions translated that quality utilizing enormous production value; state-of-the-art sets and lighting, thousands of intricately detailed and heavy costumes, hundreds of sound effects, and hoards of performers swallowing the stage… the list goes on,” Berry explains. “We want our production to have the same effect on viewers that a reader feels when they pick up that small, paperback book that transports them into the epic story. Out of something simple and nondescript comes something complex and deep. Our production utilizes a small cast and a simple design that allows the true heart of Hugo’s story to billow off of the stage and into our hearts. Gone is the turn-table stage and thousand-pound machinery!”
There were some interesting choices made in the casting department as well. The roles of Fantine, Eponine, Cosette and Young Cosette, are each played by two separate actresses, while two actors flip-flop between the roles of Marius and Enjolras, every-other performance. Though the score remains the same nightly, the vocalists performing have a varied auditory aesthetic. During certain performances, the music maintains the classical sound we’ve all become accustomed to hearing, while other performances take on a more raw and modern quality. These choices will allow die-hard Les Misérables fans to experience the music as they remember it, while offering a fresh take for those patrons that are ready to experience famous songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own,” in a brand new way.
The sung-through musical includes music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, a book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. After winning over fifteen awards world-wide and being translated into twenty-one languages and produced in forty-two countries, Les Misérables returns to Houston in a re-envisioned production by Bayou City Theatrics beginning September 19 at Frenetic Theater. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by visiting www.BayouCityTheatrics.com.
Scheduled casts as of 8/1:
SEPTEMBER 21, 27 AND 29:
Ronna Mansfield as Fantine
Hannah Miller as Eponine
Katie Fridsma as Cosette
Colton Berry as Marius
Jake Frank as Enjolras
Erin Doyle as Young Cosette
Mackensey Doyle as Young Eponine
SEPTEMBER 20, 22, 26 AND 28:
Danica Johnston as Fantine
Erin Wasmund as Eponine
Kelly Waguespack as Cosette
Jake Frank as Marius
Colton Berry as Enjolras
Mackensey Doyle as Young Cosette
Erin Doyle as Young Eponine