Theatre & Dance to present ‘Les Misérables’

Published April 10, 2014

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present a new production of the musical drama “Les Misérables April 24-27 and May 1-4 in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. 

“Les Misérables” — with music by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, and English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer — is one of the world’s most loved musicals. Initially conceived and recorded as an album, the show’s first incarnation was at the Palais de Sports in 1980. The show opened on Broadway in 1987 and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Since then, “Les Misérables” has continued to play worldwide. The current Broadway revival production opened on Broadway March 23. The show was made into a feature film in 2012 and received three Academy Awards.

Serving as director and music director for the UB production is Nathan R. Matthews, associate professor of music theatre and director of music theatre. UB Music Theatre senior Gabrielle Petrosino is the choreographer; Kathleen Golde, associate artistic director of the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, is movement coach and fight director.

The cast for “Les Misérables” consists of students from the UB Music Theatre BFA degree program. The production will feature a complete orchestra and new sets, lights and costumes.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors and can be obtained from the Center for the Arts box office and tickets.com.