Les Misérables Arrives in Seattle

The timeless stage classic gets a bold new re-imagination at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Musical theater aficionados, rejoice! One of the most celebrated productions of all time — “Les Misérables” — opens tonight at the 5th Avenue Theatre. A theatrical staple for 25 years, “Les Misérables” — or “Les Miz,” to stage buffs — has delighted worldwide audiences with its eye-dazzling set pieces, lush costumes and hum-worthy musical numbers, such as “Master of the House” and “I Dreamed a Dream.”

Based on the 1862 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, “Les Misérables” follows several Frenchmen and women in Paris during the early 19th century. Considered one of the all-time most important works of literature, the novel discussed politics, class and race at a time when these subjects were taboo.

As of last year, “Les Misérables” was the longest-running musical in the world. In 1980, this sweeping epic was seamlessly brought to the stage by composer Claude-Michel Schönberg and librettist Alain Boubil. Five years later, the English-language adaptation premiered in London. In 1987, “Les Miz” opened on Broadway; that same year, it was nominated for 12 Tony awards and won eight, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Costuming Design. The show remained until 2008 — making it the third-longest running Broadway musical, with 6,680 performances.

Now, The 5th Avenue Theatre and celebrated British producer Cameron Mackintosh are proud to present the newest incarnation of “Les Misérables.” The show will run Aug. 9 – 27, with 24 scheduled performances. Tickets can be purchased by calling the 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office at (206) 625-1900; tickets can also be purchased online.

The 2011-12 season at the 5th Avenue Theatre will be an exciting one, as “Cinderella,” “Oklahoma!,” “Damn Yankees” and “Rent” will all show within the next 12 months. Start the season off right with “Les Misérables” — a time-honored feast for the eyes and ears.

5th Avenue Theatre  |  1308 5th Ave., Seattle  |  (206) 625-1900