There’s a new 25th anniversary production of the legendary musical Les Misérables appearing through January 13, 2013 at the beautiful Academy of Music on Broad Street in Philadelphia. The scenery has been re-designed inspired by the painting of Victor Hugo and the first-rate orchestra provides a musical score not soon forgotten. With both weekday evening shows and weekend matinees and evening performance, tickets are still available to catch this show’s limited run.
The ensemble cast sizzles with lead performers whose talent screams Broadway! There are also two youth performers who left my fellow theater patrons speechless after hearing their solos. The leads in the show each offered strong performances, when there where stage duets there was natural chemistry, although at times the loud music did seem to drown out some of the lyrics. Because the entire production is in song if some lyrics are missed is does leave the audience with lapses in the story.
The show runs a generous three hours from start to finish with a 15 minute intermission. The content is PG 13, for some adult themes, language and banter in the songs and on the stage.
Many may have seen the show 20, 10 or 5 years ago. Don’t let that fact discourage you from seeing Les Mis again! The exceptional music, the compelling story of promises-fulfilled, finding true love, and proving that goodness can paramount adversity whether during the French Revolution or by today’s standards, is worth a visit to Center City for this production.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333, online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10 am to 6 pm) or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad & Locust Streets. (open during performances only). Groups of 10 or more will receive discounts for select performances by calling 215-790-5883 or 866-276-2947. Performances include: Tuesday – Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm; Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm; matinees Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm.