Les Miserables Will Open the 26th Season of Orlando Shakespeare Theater Sept 10 – Oct 12, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will present Les Miserables

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will present Les Miserables from September 10 – October 12 in the Margeson Theater at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

This award-winning classic tale by Victor Hugo, is set in early 19th century France. It tells the tale of a French peasant named Jean Valjean and his years-long quest for redemption after serving almost two-decades in prison for stealing a loaf of bread.

Featuring a talented mix of Broadway veterans and Orlando Shakes favorites, this will be the largest musical production in the OST’s history.

The cast is headlined by Orlando native Davis Gaines (Javert), a veteran of the stages in New York and Los Angeles, and the longest-running Phantom in the L.A. productions of The Phantom of the Opera.

He is joined by Michael Hunsaker (Jean Valjean), who has numerous Broadway and National Tour credits; James Beaman (Thenardier), who starred as Sir Robin in the first national tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot; Matt McMahan (Enjolras), returning to the barricade after touring with the 25th Anniversary national tour of Les Miserables; and Tim Quartier (Marius), who also played the role in another production of Les Miserables, along with roles in other NYC and touring shows.

Among the leading ladies in the production are: Caitlyn Caughell (Eponine), last seen on Broadway in Newsies The Musical; Lianne Marie Dobbs (Fantine), who appeared in the national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; and Heather Botts (Cosette), who most recently appeared as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific.

In addition to a cast of 27, there will be a 10-piece orchestra in the theater. The Orlando Shakes artistic team for Les Miserables includes Director-Choreographer DJ Salisbury, Musical Director Ken Clifton, Set Designer Kat Conley, Lighting Designer Bert Scott, Costume Designer Denise R. Warner, and Sound Designer Craig M. Beyrooti.

Previews for Les Miserables are September 10 and 11, when tickets start as low as $15. The Opening Night Party is Friday, September 12, with free appetizers and dessert bites for ticket holders prior to the show. Tickets to opening night and shows after that date are $30 – $55 per person, with Student Rush tickets $22.

All tickets may be purchased online or at the box office at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit OrlandoShakes.org.

In the meantime, enjoy this flash mob performance by the Orlando cast of Les Miserables at the Mall of Millenia:


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