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cowdoc

Les Mis 2010 US

Okay, this is my first post so be easy on me. How do I find out if Les Mis is playing in US in July/August 2010? My wife has a special birthday (ends in zero) and I want to surprise her.
Thanks
MlleTholomyès

There was a thread discussing the 2010 tour for NYC, I think it's on the last page, but here's the main link.
The Very Angry Woman

Re: Les Mis 2010 US

cowdoc wrote:
Okay, this is my first post so be easy on me. How do I find out if Les Mis is playing in US in July/August 2010? My wife has a special birthday (ends in zero) and I want to surprise her.
Thanks


Besides the link already posted, you can go here, and click on "upcoming," which is the last tab: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000226
marlalp

Re: Les Mis 2010 US

The Very Angry Woman wrote:
cowdoc wrote:
Okay, this is my first post so be easy on me. How do I find out if Les Mis is playing in US in July/August 2010? My wife has a special birthday (ends in zero) and I want to surprise her.
Thanks


Besides the link already posted, you can go here, and click on "upcoming," which is the last tab: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000226


That's for the school edition, the list of professional regional productions can be found here: http://mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000134
There are currently none listed.
Orestes Fasting

There was something in the Pittsburgh production's playbill about it being one of the last regional productions before a moratorium takes effect due to a US tour in 2010. No details about this tour have surfaced yet, though.
Colle

There is going to be a school edition near where I live next year. I do wonder if it would be worth it to go or if I should wait for a regional production. I have plenty of time to think about it because the production is about a year away. I am not sure about the cuts to the show in the school edition.
The Very Angry Woman

Just a bit of news on this new tour. It IS being produced by NETworks. I don't believe there will be a revolve. And it'll be split weeks.
riverdawn

Reviving this thread a bit, as someone has posted on the WoS discussion board with a link to an article in a Chicago newspaper (if I'm not mistaken) stating that the Les Mis 25th anniversary tour will perform there in Jan. 2011 (there were specific dates and all).

Since seeing this I've been googling relentlessly but haven't found anything with official-sounding information about a US tour, where it might go etc.

I'm sure once there is really properly official info it will show up on the Les Mis website, but as none of it is there as yet - has anyone heard anything additional about this?
The Very Angry Woman

LES MISÉRABLES is currently on an international tour, visiting Cardiff, Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Paris and has already sold out in most cities with extra performances being added. The new LES MIZ will open in the U.S. this fall.
http://bbonyc.com/shows/lesmis/Default.htm
riverdawn

Ok, just to say that I just got confirmation from the local theater in my city (this is the theater that hosts all the Broadway tours etc.) that they are aware of the Les Mis tour and are actively working on getting it to the city - and they think it is likely it will be part of their 2011-2012 season (so not this fall but next fall!)

Still nothing really definite, but at least some confirmation that they are working on it, so something to hope for. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
The Very Angry Woman

http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/baa.site/National/Shows.aspx?ShowId=5541
beyondthebarricade

Quote:
Age Appropriateness
Family


I know this isn't completely related, but under age appropriation, it says "Family". Surely a show about prostitutes, convicts, revolutions, and most of the main characters dying isn't a good representation of a "family friendly" show?

Just a thought.

Also, when are they ever going to stop their Dream the Dream ads?!
riverdawn

Opened a new thread to discuss this, so as not to hijack this one.
The Very Angry Woman

Casting call: http://actorsequity.org/CastingCall/browse_notice.asp?NoticeID=21691&NoticeType=1
Colle

I hope the tour comes to my city, they have announced the 2010-2011 season so I am hoping it does come in 2011-1012. I am interested in seeing the new look up close.

It does make sense that they have a casting call, they are probably going to have to replace some of the actors. Only a certain number are allowed come over, right?
The Very Angry Woman

I assumed this would be a separate but similar production to the current UK tour, not that they're bringing everyone over.
kabuki

For all details of the US tour of the Les Mis 25th Anniversary production check out the website: www.musicalworld.com in NEWS and UPDATES
kabuki

For all details of the US tour of the 25th Anniversary production check out the website: www.musicalworld-boublil-schonberg.com in NEWS and UPDATES
The Very Angry Woman

kabuki wrote:
For all details of the US tour of the 25th Anniversary production check out the website: www.musicalworld-boublil-schonberg.com in NEWS and UPDATES


More direct link: http://www.musicalworld-boublil-schonberg.com/news.htm
kozafluitmusique

OMG.

I want to see it.... No questions asked.
Quique

The review (in the Updates section) made me excited to see the show--something rare, I guess because it's the first by someone closely associated with the creative team that does not undermine, turn its nose at, or imply there was anything wrong with the original production. It's impossible to maintain one's composure while reading the words of the creative team of something you've loved for the last 25 years, speaking of their time-tested, highly acclaimed original work as if it were yesterday's news, highly flawed, lacking, old, unexciting, monotonous, inefficient, boring. Most of all, the implication that it needed change is one thing I won't ever accept because it simply did not need it. The fact there is change is fine in itself but change was never the issue. Seemingly random, unnecessary change is what has gotten this life-long, faithful fan shaking his head.

I was listening to the 25th ann. tour last night and it amused me how they've gone from attempting to give most of the show a whole new sound to inching closer and closer back to what was originally heard at the Imperial and Palace. They were clearly unhappy with their God-awful, HIGHLY unusual tin-can sound work in the so-called revival, leading them to use Amsterdam as their guinea pig for another (COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY) rewrite which, unsurprisingly, hearkened back to John's original work.

What we have now is a conglomeration of original and new work and having very closely heard this current version several times now, I cannot, for the life of me, see any significant artistic vision or intent in the new parts. And it is absolutely astounding to me how nearly every single new part added to the orchestration pales next to what was originally there. For example, I don't care what the intent, the string melody in "What Have I Done" was objectively better, more emotive, and better communicated Valjean's sentiment in a bittersweet way. It effectively tamed the character, setting in motion a stirring, heartfelt musical interpretation of the character's resolve for a new life and for redemption.

"On My Own" has lost a lot of what made me love its orchestration in the first place. It now conforms a lot more to the usual "woe-is-me" interpretation, which makes the number uninteresting. The original orchestration alone, with its subtext--discordant reverie at the beginning to rude jolt of reality, desperate resistance to unsettling submission--offered a much more complex set of emotions and textures that an actress could work with. It isn't terrible as it is now (much, MUCH better than the 2006 Broadway travesty) but still significantly inferior and far less emotionally exciting/fulfilling.

Listen to original orch (recreated by moi but still needing a TON of improvements--Mp3 encoding has effed up the volume and balance, btw) - http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/45291/On%20My%20Own

Many other bits defy comprehension as to the intent. Totally random snares, oddly replaced bits (like the moving french horn replaced by a woodwind at the start of DYHTPS--WHY??) and a huge dose of unnecessary bombast (glittery sounds, over-the-top booms, and swishy sounds) are distracting at best. One wonders why they didn't insert some of that bombast at key moments that could enhance instead of obscure and distract? For example, the new crazy drums heard right before the poor start singing in "At the End of the Day" is awesome. One of very few bits of the new orchestration that I like. But why is it effective? Because that moment always sounded a bit barren. Sure, it originally did have drums but that still felt insufficient given the urgency and anger of the moment. The new orch solved that problem.

A more careful, strategic approach could've helped. Sadly it seems they were more preoccupied with straying from the original than anything. Foolish!

It was to the show's detriment unfortunately. An honest look at the show's original orchestral landscape, adding and replacing bits here and there, all of which would only enhance what was already written to near perfection could've yielded some incredible results.
The Pirate King

The Very Angry Woman wrote:
kabuki wrote:
For all details of the US tour of the 25th Anniversary production check out the website: www.musicalworld-boublil-schonberg.com in NEWS and UPDATES


More direct link: http://www.musicalworld-boublil-schonberg.com/news.htm


No Chicago!? Surprised
riverdawn

On one of the websites they said that more tour stops will be added over time, so they may yet still get to Chicago.
The Very Angry Woman

Look closer and you'll see that there are several gaps in the dates, so not all cities have been announced yet.
Quique

Yeah, Los Angeles isn't listed and I know it's going to be part of the Ahmanson's 2011-2012 season.

Also, I could swear I read it has been booked in Chicago already, but don't quote me on that.

mastachen

I got the Ahmanson subscription package this past week and Les Mis is heavily feature in it's brochures. Most of the pictures taken are of the current London tour cast too. Maybe they're trying to tell us something?
The Very Angry Woman

mastachen wrote:
I got the Ahmanson subscription package this past week and Les Mis is heavily feature in it's brochures. Most of the pictures taken are of the current London tour cast too. Maybe they're trying to tell us something?


Well, if they used photos from the West End production, people would assume the current US tour would resemble the previous one.
Quique

mastachen wrote:
I got the Ahmanson subscription package this past week and Les Mis is heavily feature in it's brochures. Most of the pictures taken are of the current London tour cast too. Maybe they're trying to tell us something?


You mean the current U.K. tour cast, right? Is this the brochure you're referring to?

http://www.centertheatregroup.org/uploadedFiles/brochure_ahm20102011.pdf

Btw, what do you mean they're probably trying to tell us something?

Please bear with me...I haven't had any shut-eye for the last 48 hours!! Shocked
flying_pigs

I believe Justin Scott Brown from the recent Spring Awakening tour will play Marius.
The Very Angry Woman

INTERESTING. Also because he's (vaguely) from my area.

Also interesting at how few casting rumors have been swirling for the new US tour.

For reference: http://twitter.com/jsbrown101
and
http://totallytrucked.blogspot.com/2010/05/spring-awakening-last-stop-orlando.html
Colle

Bumping up this thread to ask if anyone has heard any new casting news/rumors for the tour?
The Very Angry Woman

Natalie Weiss is a swing.

http://twitter.com/BroadwaySpotted/statuses/19224238530
flying_pigs

And Julie Benko, also from the Spring Awakening tour will be in the ensemble and could possibly be a Cosette understudy.
ActingDude17

I really, really hope this comes to North Carolina. Pray
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