Celebrity Attractions opens 2012-13 season with “Les Miserables”

A new touring production of “Les Miserables” being staged at the Civic Center Music Hall
BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: October 10, 2012
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But it's the men who walk away with top honors in this production, with powerful voices that make Victor Hugo's characters spring vividly to life. Jason Forbach makes a fine Enjolras, the leader of the revolutionaries. His voice rings out triumphantly in “The People's Song.”

Max Quinlan offers a nuanced portrayal of Marius, whose undying love for Cosette almost leads to his own death. Andrew Varela is suitably imposing as Javert, a performance complemented by a fine rich baritone that captivates in the hauntingly beautiful “Stars” and then reaches even higher with Javert's moving “Soliloquy.”

The role of Valjean requires an enormous range, both from an acting standpoint and in terms of vocal heft. Peter Lockyer deftly negotiates the rigorous challenges of Valjean, from the explosive opening “Soliloquy” to the inspirational “Bring Him Home.”

As for stirring musical numbers, it doesn't get much better than “One Day More” and the powerful second act finale. Join the crusade and catch “Les Miserables.”

— Rick Rogers

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