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WVPT offers 'Les Mis' for first time this summer

May 24, 2013

YellowBrix

May 24--For its 2013 summer season, West Virginia Public Theatre (WVPT) is tackling some tried-and-true favorites, as well as some newer material.

Particularly exciting for the summer stock theater company, WVPT will present Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables," for the first time.

Not only that, but according to WVPT's public relations office, it will be the first time the Broadway favorite has ever been produced for the West Virginia stage.

Most recently made into a film starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, the musical has won more than 90 major theatrical awards.

It tells the story of a 19th-century convict in France, Jean Valjean, as he seeks redemption, as well as the struggles of a dying prostitute named Fantine, who has a connection to Valjean.

The musical's most well-known songs include "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Master of the House."

"Les Miserables" will be presented July 16-21.

All WVPT summer shows are at the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street.

Rounding out the rest of the season are:

"Nunsense II: The Second Coming," July 10-14. Two years ago, WVPT brought you "Nunsense." This summer, it continues the tale with "Nunsense II," in which Sister Mary Paul (the nun who had been conked on the head with a crucifix and known as Sister Amnesia) remembers that she was a former country singer who had won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes.

"The Fantasticks," July 24-28.With music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, "The Fantasticks" is the only off-Broadway production to win a Tony award, and is the world's longest running musical, according to WVPT public relations.

It tells the tale of two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud, and building a wall between the two houses.

"Happy Days, A New Musical," with music by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams, July 31-Aug. 4. Based on a book by the TV show's creator Garry Marshall, the stage musical likewise centers around all-American family, the Cunninghams.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

For tickets, gift certificates and season subscriptions, call 304-291-4122 or toll free 1-877-999-WVPT (9878) or online at wvpublictheatre.org.

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