Monday, February 3rd, 2014
CAMBRIDGE – After months of rampant public speculation, Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director Alex Mustakas today announced Les Misérables as the organization’s flagship production for the 2014 Season.
The coup is the result of Mustakas trying for years to secure the rights to one of the biggest and most successful productions in Broadway history.
The epic musical will take centre stageat the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge June 11th to August 2nd, and the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend August 7th to August 30th.
“It has been a personal dream to bring this musical to our audience,” says Mustakas. “Les Misérables is without a doubt the most ambitious production in our organization’s history. We are invigorated by the challenges inherent with mounting a true mega musical.”
The secrecy surrounding the production the last four months has created much intrigue throughout Canada’s theatre community and among the general public. Over 10,000 tickets had already been snapped up by enthusiastic theatregoers prior to the title’s release.
Based on the Victor Hugo novel, Les Misérables was created by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the same team behind Miss Saigon.
One of the most celebrated musicals of our time, Les Misérables is the longest running musical in the word. It has entertained more than 65 million people in 42 countries around the world with translations into 21 different languages. The stage production was only translated back into the language of Victor Hugo for its French World Première in Montréal, Quebec, in 1991. The musical has won over 100 major theatre awards including 2 Laurence Olivier Awards for the Original West End production, as well as 8 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards for the Original Broadway production.
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean who is hunted for decades by the ruthless police officer Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, their lives are forever changed … along with the destiny of an entire nation.
“A testament to the survival of the human spirit, Les Misérables is a tour-de-force production that takes audiences on an unforgettable emotional journey through broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption,” says Mustakas. “This show will attract audiences from across the province, and become a landmark production in our history. It is really going to be quite spectacular.”
Dunfield Theatre Cambridge 2014 Season
The 2014 Season kicks off with the fun-filled rock ’n roll revue, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion. Featuring classic songs by The Beatles, The Hollies, and The Rolling Stones, this irresistible piece of 60s nostalgia will rock the stage March 5th to March 30th.
Next up, audiences will be doubled over with the outrageous British farce Run For Your Wife, April 16th to May 4th. An unfortunate event threatens to reveal a cabbie’s double life in this uproarious Ray Cooney romp.
The aforementioned Les Misérables is on stage June 11th to August 2nd.
The hilarious comedy Boeing-Boeing jets into Cambridge August 13th to August 31st. A Parisian bachelor’s love life soars to new heights when his three fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess, land in his apartment at the same time.
David Rogers, regarded as Canada’s most accomplished leading man and one of the original stars of The Phantom of the Opera, honours the legendary heroes of Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Man of La Mancha, and more in Broadway Heroes, October 1st to October 18th.
The Season ends with a splashy Broadway spectacle for the entire family, with Drayton Entertainment’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on stage November 19th to December 21st.Tags: Artistic Director Alex Mustakas, Broadway Heroes, Cambridge August, canada, David Rogers, Drayton Entertainment, Dunfield Theatre Cambridge June, family, Les Mis, Miss Saigon, new, Quebec, Ray Cooney, The Beatles, Tony Awards, Victor Hugo, young