With a cast of 26 people, an orchestra of 19, including the addition of two violins and a cello, and dramatic staging combining physical objects and projected backgrounds, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has launched an amazing production of Les Misérables that runs through April 5 and has been consistently selling out. So, if you want to see this blockbuster musical, visit www.JupiterTheatre.org or call 561-575-2223 and reserve a seat now.
The show is breathtaking. The opening scene of slaves rowing a ship through rough seas created by projection was so realistic that several in the audience gasped – including this writer.
Lighting Designer, Carbonell Winner, Paul Black, collaborated with Set Designer and Carbonell nominatd Paul Tate Depoo III to bring rocking boats and a range of projected designs that dovetailed seamlessly with the sets.
Carbonell nominee Gail Baldoni costumed the cast across a range of characters and Carbonell winner and resident sound designer, Marty Mets moved the sound around the house to match the volume and projections of the cast.
Les Misérables is a dramatic tale based on a 19th century Victor Hugo novel of the same name. It opened in London’s West End in 1985 and continues there today. It has been performed in 42 countries and translated into 21 languages and won over 76 national and international awards.
With sung dialogue and exquisite arias the musical has the feel of an English language opera. .” Lead characters have melodic lines (leitmotifs) that are heard when they are on stage. “Arias” include such well-known songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More” and “On My Own.”
The show is directed and choreographed by Carbonell winner Mark Martino whose successes include “The Music Man,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Crazy for You.”
Male leads are Aloysius Gigl as Javert and Gregg Goodbrod as Jean Valjean. Gigl was recently seen in the title role of “Sweeney Todd” at Portland Center Stage. Goodbrod’s Broadway and tour credits include “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.”
Female leads are Margaret Kelly as Fantine, and Siri Howard as Cosette. Kelly was recently seen in the off-Broadway production “Hereafter Musical.” Howard was on PBS in “Sweeney Todd” starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel at Lincoln Center and on Broadway in “Les Misérables” and “The Sound of Music.”
Special mention goes to 10-year old Ben Krieger who played the street urchin Gavroche. Not only does he have a clear, controlled and piercing voice, he’s an amazing young actor whose death scene was dramatic and whose “playing dead” by going totally limp when he was carried away was impressive.
Director Martino sums it up nicely in the Director’s Notes: “The novel and the show are both giant endeavors, but at their heart is the simplest of truths: ‘To love another person is to see the face of God.’ Every time I hear Fantine quietly sing that line to the dying Valjean, I know why I am lucky to do what I do. To hold up a candle and shine a light on that heartbreakingly simple and profound truth is a privilege indeed.”