Review – Les Misérables

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Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy

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NSMT’s production of Les Misérables has all the elements of a megamusical: A great cast, soaring voices, and outstanding songs.

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he can’t escape his past as he is tracked down by a police inspector named Javert.

Will Ray (Jean Valjean) and Danny Rothman (Javert) are the two main reason to reacquaint yourself with “Les Miserables.”

Ray has a strong singing voice that will stir your emotions. He’s also captivating and charismatic in his portrayal as Valjean.

The cast is truly amazing! The tragic Fantine’s (Daniella Dalli) performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” is simply beautiful. The suffering Eponine (Lizzie Klemperer) unrequited love for Marius (Blake Stadnik), a revolutionary solider, is told in her powerful rendition of “On My Own.”

There are some beautiful and tender moments that remind you why this is one of the longest-running plays. Whether or not you are a fan of the show, you will be stirred by the music and shaken with emotion by the story and characters.

Running Time with Intermission: 2 hr. 55 min.

Content Advisory: Mature subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences. No children under 4 allowed.

Les Misérables runs now through November 16, 2014. For more information and tickets visit www.nsmt.org or call the box office at 978-232-7200


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