|Luke Baker (Marius) |
Chloe Jeffrey-Williams (Cosette)
Stephanie Priest (Eponine)
Les Miserables is the longest running musical on the West End theatre district in London and is the second longest running musical in the world.
Chris Maxfield, who played Valjean, was the standout star of the show with his superb singing and acting. He mastered his ageing on stage well as he recalled the events during his life up until his death.
Luke Baker played Marius, the revolutionary fighter and young lover with sensitivity.
Light comic releif was provided by Thenardier, played by Tony Fletcher and Mme Thenardier, played by Annie Devine. The musical was quite sad in some places, moving some of the audience to tears, so these humorous moments brightened it up.
The featured set piece was the barricade that played an important role in the battle scene. It looked effective on stage, but its weigh proved to be a little too much for its swift sliding off stage when it was finished with. A bit of fine tuning will make its removal less distracting in future performances.
The bright costumes contrasted well with the drab plain costumes.
The Metropolitan Players are to be congratulated on this 40th anniversary production of Les Miserables.
Cost: Adult $66.30; Junior/Conc/Student $56.10 ; Groups 8+ $58.15