Northern State University Theater has secured the rights for one of the most popular musicals in the world - Les Misérables.
The musical will be a regional stage premiere and will be performed for four performances in April of 2014 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. This is the first time in 27 years that stage rights have been awarded to American theaters for the full Broadway and London version (a shortened version had been available for high schools only.)
Les Misérables has received the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical, and the cast recording won the Grammy Award. The current film version is enjoying a successful run and has been nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Les Misérables, a sung-through musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, had its world premiere in September of 1980 at the Palais des Sports in Paris and ran for more than 100 performances. Following the world premiere run, Herbert Kretzmer and James Fenton adapted the material into English. This new version opened on October 8, 1985 at the Barbican Arts Centre in London.
Les Misérables premiered on Broadway on March 12, 1987 at The Broadway Theatre and played more than 6,500 performances. The original production closed on May 18, 2003, and has become the fourth-longest-running Broadway musical in history.
For more information, call the NSU Theater Department at 605-626-2563.