WAILUKU - The wait is finally over. Tickets are on sale for the epic musical "Les Misrables," to be performed live on Maui for the first time ever.
This award-winning musical that has thrilled audiences around the world for nearly three decades features a cast of 80 performers and a 25-piece live orchestra.
Produced by Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), "Les Misrables" runs six performances only from Aug. 16-25 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.
“Les Misérables” is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in 19th century France.
"We have been waiting years for the rights to 'Les Misrables' to be released," said David C. Johnston, MAPA's executive and artistic director.
"We are honored to bring this grand tale of love, redemption and the survival of the human spirit to Maui audiences this August."
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th century France, "Les Misrables" tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his search for redemption, meaning and love.
The magnificent Tony Award-winning score features iconic songs such as "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," and "Bring Him Home."
Former Maui resident James Price, a tenor with extensive international experience in professional opera and musical theatre who spent eight seasons with Hawaii Opera Theatre, plays the role of Valjean.
The cast also features a treasure trove of powerhouse performers well-known to Maui audiences, including Jerry Eiting as Javert, Leighanna Locke as Fantine, Lia Krieg as Eponine, Dylan Bode as Marius, Jacqui Sherwood as Cosette, Kepa Cabanilla-Aricayos as Enjolras, and Kristi Scott and Dale Button as the Thenardiers.
The production is directed by Johnston with musical direction by Robert E. Wills, choreography by Andre Morissette, set design by Dan Hays, costume design by Kathleen Schulz and Kenneth Peter Lee, and lighting design by Mark Astrella.
"Les Misrables" was written and composed by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schnberg with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
The play opens Aug. 16 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 25 at the MACC.
On Sunday, Aug. 18, audience members are invited to stay for "AfterWords," a talk back with members of the artistic team and cast immediately following the matinee.
For more information, call 244-8760 or visit www.mauiacademy.org.
Tickets to "Les Misrables" are $15-$65 (plus applicable facility fees). Visit www.mauiarts.org or call 242-SHOW.