Les Misérables School Edition Opens Tonight
In advance of opening night, student actors and director Jessica Bender reflect on the extra meaning the Les Miz experience has for them in the wake of the most recent school shooting.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Kurtz Center
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Kurtz Center
Added show! Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 2:30 p.m., Kurtz Center
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original French text by Alain Boubil, Jean-Marc Natel
Additional material by James Fenton
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Directed by Jessica Bender
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.
Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.