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‘Les Misérables,’ the revolution we’ve been waiting for

Matt Shingledecker as Enjolras in the new national tour of

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Matt Shingledecker as Enjolras in the new national tour of "Les Miserables".

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of “Les Misérables” the beloved musical based on Victor Hugo’s famous novel. The musical was performed at Uihlein Hall Marcus Theater, March 28 through April 1. 

“Les Misérables” explores the story of a convict named Jean Valjean (Nick Cartell) being set free into the world and hiding from his past.

It also follows the story of Fantine (Mary Kate Moore), a mother recently thrown out of her job for not following her master’s inappropriate orders and hiding her child’s existence. Her daughter Cosette (Elsa Avery Dees, Jillian Butler), per Fantine’s request, is taken into the care of Valjean.

Years later, an older Cosette falls in love with Marius (Robert Ariza), a student who participates in initiating the French Revolution with his closest friends.

The stories are woven together through strife, poverty and struggles. “One day more,” they sing, hoping to find a better life and make a change in their suffering city.

The show featured some magnificent performances by principal roles and ensemble as a whole. You could see the pain and suffering in their eyes as if they were living the struggles their characters were experiencing.

Moore and Butler could hit some pretty impressive high notes, which brought tears to my eyes, while I also was so impressed by the talent of the young actors Elsa Avery Dees, Sophie Knapp and Jonah Mussilino.

Cartell showed so much emotion and strife. He led us into “another day, another destiny.”

Overall, the 25th anniversary tour of “Les Misérables” was amazing. The cast, crew and staff are incredibly talented, and I was completely blown away by how impressive this show was.

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