Night & Day — “Opening weekend of Les Miserables was a great success, according to those who produced the ambitious musical that opened last weekend in the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School.
”’Les Misérables’ is the biggest show we have ever done,” said Ryan Scarfone, chairman of Theatre in the Mist — which selected 60-plus actors from about 200 who auditioned from throughout Western New York — to perform in the acclaimed Broadway production which will continue through Oct. 26. The audience rose to a standing ovation opening night, Scarfone said, and “We were thrilled with both the cast and orchestra’s performances.”
The production, called a “monster,” by director Joey Bucheker, is even bigger than the local theater group’s past produtions of “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Annie.”’ But, Bucheker noted he’s very happy with the way the show has come together.
“It amazes me to see how close this cast has become and how devoted they are to the show,” he said. “They have created a family and are so passionate about doing the show and doing it well. I am so very proud.”
The play, called a “sung through” musical because every word of dialogue is sung by the cast, is about a student uprising in 19th century France. Based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, the plot follows the life of French peasant sent to prison for stealing bread to feed his dying nephew. Released 19 years later he breaks parole to better his life but is relentlessly tracked by a police inspector. Along the way he is swept into a revolution where students make their last stand at a police barracade.
The plot may be grim, but the production has won acclaim around the world since it was first produced is Paris in 1980, and there are many fans of the production’s music.