July 11, 1991 |
The Royal Shakespeare Company's mammoth, monumental staging of "Les Miserables" has logged thousands of miles since its 1985 premiere at England's Barbican Center. The musical has played to sold-out audiences in Japan, Australia, Canada and 70 U.S. cities. In New York, "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway in March, 1987, and won eight Tony Awards that year, including best musical.
December 11, 2000 |
When "Jane Eyre" opened in Toronto in 1996, the show was an earnest, conscientious, respectful addition to the Masterpiece Musical genre that "Les Miserables" established with such crowd-pleasing self-seriousness. Now, after four years of fine-tuning and a box-office success at California's La Jolla Playhouse in 1999, the adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's beloved 1847 novel has opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with the earlier production's intentions intact.
July 27, 1999 |
Another night passes in secret-ridden Thornfield Hall, out on the moors. Jane Eyre, a young English governess who has been through a lot, believes her love for Edward Rochester, master of the house, to be unrequited. Despairingly, she sketches a self-portrait and assesses the results as "plain and uneven." Now in its U.S. premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, the musical "Jane Eyre" is a bit better than that.
June 20, 1991 |
There's a moment in the first act of "Les Miserables" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center that encapsulates the theatrical power of this operatic adaptation of Victor Hugo's great novel: The beleaguered protagonist, Jean Valjean, realizing that he must reveal himself in order to save an innocent man from suffering in his stead, is transported instantly, at the zenith of his soliloquy, to a French tribunal. There, he confesses his identity--and flees his fate.
February 25, 2000 |
Now on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre: "Who Wants to Marry a 16th Century Protestant?" Our contestants include two soldiers claiming to be the real Martin Guerre, native of Artigat, "village of bitter fools," as one judgmental character (a judge, actually) calls it. In truth the musical in question carries the title "Martin Guerre." Since its 1996 London production, its subsequent revised London production and the 1998 revision of the revision, it has played U.S.
May 12, 1987
"Me and My Girl" and "Les Miserables," two lavish British musicals, topped the list of 1987 Tony award nominations, announced Monday by the American Theater Wing. The wing also announced that this year's resident-theater Tony will go to the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Another special Tony will go to Jackie Mason, whose "The World According to Me" began in Los Angeles.