Seasonal Special Happenings

Les Miserables Storms the Palace

When: Thu., April 7 2011

Producer Cameron Mackintosh's ginormous 25th anniversary rendition of Les Miserables returns to the Palace Theatre, with 15 performances scheduled between now and April 17. Featuring new staging, new orchestrations, and reimagined scenery — including projection designs based on the paintings of Victor Hugo, who authored the original 1862 novel — the tour has been winning raves across the country. One of the pats is for the storytelling, which has been called "clearer ... and ... more honest" than the original. This is good news for any of us who sat through earlier versions of Jean Valjean's 17-year struggle for redemption: The production values made for stirring theater, but the plot was as inscrutable as a map of the Parisian sewer system. Still, such things have never dampened fans' enthusiasm: Les Miz remains the third-longest-running Broadway production of all time, and has been seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide. You can be one of them. Tonight's show is at 7:30. Get your tix ($10 to $100) online at playhousesquare.org or by calling 216-241-6000. The Palace is at 1615 Euclid Ave. in Playhouse Square. — Elaine T. Cicora

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