Les Misérables: All New Production with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Artists to Open Company’s 2015 Summer Season All 22 performances expected to sell out
An all new production of the epic musical Les Misérables will open the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 summer season. Featuring professional PSF actors from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, the production will be directed by Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, who has directed all of PSF’s musical productions.
PSF Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy announced the title at a special event for subscribers and supporters at the Cosmopolitan restaurant in downtown Allentown.
“Les Misérables is a sweeping, timeless classic that began its life at a Shakespeare theatre and fits our mission beautifully,” he says. “It is Shakespearean in scope and scale, and is perhaps the most powerful and moving musical ever created.”
As part of the licensing agreement, the title could not be announced until after the first of the year, though the other six titles were announced last fall: Shakespeare’s Henry V and Pericles, the American comedy by Larry Shue The Foreigner, and Mark Brown’s Around the World in 80 Days. The children’s productions are a new adaptation of Rapunzel and Shakespeare for Kids.
Says Director Razze: “Victor Hugo’s epic tale of suffering and redemption is one of the greatest classics of literature and this musical brilliantly adapts this story to the stage. PSF has the talent, the energy, and the passion to make Les Mis an unforgettable theatrical experience.
“PSF has wanted to produce Les Misérables for many years, and I have certainly dreamed that I would have the opportunity to direct it. I am thrilled that day has come and that we will be the first professional theatre in our area to produce this monumental achievement in musical theatre.”
Although the company had to conduct its subscription renewal campaign without informing patrons of the musical’s title, renewals are up more than 60 percent compared to the same time last year.
Tickets for Les Misérables are currently available as part of a subscription or package; single tickets will be released for sale on February 12.
“We considered extending the run of Les Misérables, knowing that demand would be unprecedented, but it was not feasible,” says Managing Director Casey Gallagher. “Based on recent attendance at theatres with audiences similar to ours, we expect to sell all 10,000+ seats.”
Alvin H. Butz is production sponsor. Production co-sponsors are Air Products and Orlando Diefenderfer Electrical Contractors.
Amaranth Foundation is the 2015 season sponsor. Associate season sponsors are the Szarko Family, Harry C. Trexler Trust and Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a professional company in residence at DeSales University, is the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth and a professional, not-for-profit theatre company. An independent 501 c 3 organization, PSF receives support from DeSales University and relies on contributions from individuals, government agencies, corporations and foundations.
PSF is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, and Discover Lehigh Valley.
Main Stage Theatre
Les Misérables • June 10 – June 28
The Foreigner • July 8 – August 2
Henry V • July 16 – August 2
Shakespeare for Kids • July 22 – August 1
Around the World in 80 Days • June 17 – July 12 Pericles • July 22 – August 2 Rapunzel • May 29 – August 1