EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCLOG Readies An Ambitious Production For November Opening
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Reported: Oct. 3, 2013 6:48 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 10:03 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It is the most ambitious and expensive undertaking in the storied 65 years of the Charleston Light Opera Guild.
For the first time, CLOG journeys to 19th century France to tell Victor Hugo's story of love, redemption and revolution.
Adapted from the novel, "Les Miserables" is one of the most famous and successful musicals in history.
"Oh, I would say it ranks at the very top," Nina Pasinetti, the show's director and choreographer, said. "I think everyone wants to be involved in a 'Les Mis' production during their lifetime."
"'Les Mis' is one of the greatest Broadway musicals, I think, ever written," John Marshall, the musical director, said. "And it's obvious because it is still playing all over the world. They're bringing a brand spanking new Broadway production back next spring."
In its U.S.debut, the show won eight Tony awards, including Best Musical. It is the fourth-longest running Broadway show in history. Across the Atlantic, the London version is the second-longest running musical in the world.
Even with all of its stage success, a 2012 movie version of the show catapulted "Les Mis" even higher. It captured three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Her version of the iconic song "I Dreamed A Dream" is cited as one of the movie's high points.
"Playing the part of Fantine, it's a dream come true," Emily Capece (Fantine) said. "I mean, it is an iconic Broadway role. She is an iconic Broadway character. And it doesn't hurt that Anne Hathaway just played it so I kind of just say that I'm going to be Anne Hathaway and everybody understands."
With a budget well north of a hundred thousand dollars, "Les Mis" is the Guild's most expensive production. A partnership with the Clay Center and four primary sponsors help alleviate some of the cost, but it is still a big step for the organization to take.
"I think it is a really good fit for the Charleston Light Opera Guild because they have the resources to pull it off," Ryan Hardiman (Jean Valjean) said. "It's a sweeping epic musical that spans many, many years. It has a cast, in our case of close to 60 people. And it's not easy to pull off."
The Charleston Light Opera Guild, in collaboration with The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of WV, present "Les Miserables"
Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center
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