“Wow…” “Just wow…” During last night’s performance of Les Miserables, a guest to my right was frequently so moved by a song that she couldn’t help but audibly react. Although one might find this annoying or unnecessary after probably 90% of the numbers, I found it neither. Les Miserables is one of those shows that has so many awe-demanding highlights it’s easy to lose count. Whether you’re a person who has seen the production many times, someone who has seen a host of other Broadway musicals, there’s simply no way you cannot still be taken aback by how incredible this show is, year after year. It has been, and will always be, an enjoyable ticket with the most bang for your buck.
With its longtime popularity and (star-studded, yet less than stellar) movie adaptation, the story of Les Miserables is probably familiar to most. Jean Val Jean is a good man dogged by the weight of mistakes in his past. He is the everyman who faces years of trials and hardships in corrupt, pre-revolutionary France as it lurches toward its date with destiny.
With a large cast full of exceptionally talented performers, it is hard to pick out the stars. I will note that Haley Dortch, who played Fantine, is undoubtedly my favorite Fantine of all time. I was completely blown away at how perfect she was for the role. I also particularly enjoyed Devin Archer as Enjorlas, whose booming and deep voice cascaded into every nook of the theater like a tsunami. Casting of these two may stand out as my personal favorites, however, all performances were exceptional. Les Miserables never has a problem attracting the very best talent that will leave you with goosebumps throughout.
The truth is, I could have written most of this review prior to seeing the show. Les Mis is (almost, sorry Russell Crowe) always a sure thing. It always delivers and seldom disappoints.
Les Miserables is at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through December 18, 2022. Tickets start at $40.
In-person student and educator rush available for all performances of Les Misérables
• $40 per ticket — CASH ONLY
• The Orpheum Theatre Box Office will start selling in person at 2 hours prior to curtain
• Students/educators may purchase up to 2 tickets per valid school ID
• Subject to availability
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