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'Les Miserables' prepares to take the stage

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- An all-time famous Broadway and Hollywood musical is making its way to the Port City. Opera House Theatre Company will perform "Les Miserables" at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington for the next three weekends.

After weeks of rehearsal, the cast of "Les Miserables" is almost ready for its first of many performances. One performer says it's the first time the play will be performed in Wilmington. He says he thinks it's going to be a knock-out production.

"We've had some birthdays for example and just everyone singing Happy Birthday, even that just sounds absolutely amazing. The large numbers, the group numbers, it's tight. The set, they're bringing in some new equipment to insinuate lighting and things like that," said Jason Hatfield, who plays Thénardier.

Hatfield says it's one of the best sounding musicals he's ever been a part of.

"There's so many people and so many talented singers. The group numbers even the individuals it's amazing," Hatfield said.

The musical recently became even more famous after the release of the Academy Award-winning movie. One performer says the play is a little different from the movie though.

"Even if you saw the movie you still need to come because it's just that experience. That rush of performing that you get in that excitement that you feed off from the actors. It's just a totally different experience than watching something on the screen," Emilia Torello, who plays Gavroche, said.

Performers say because "Les Miserables" is one of the biggest Broadway shows of all time, people better hurry and buy tickets, because they are expecting to sell out.

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Again?

When I saw the movie of this second-rate, teenage tearjerker, I screamed a scream as time went by.

Enough is enough. Who, I ask you, would want to put themselves through the misery of Les Miserables' faux angst again? Who but a teenager?

I pray to God ("God on high, hear my prayer . . .") this will be the last production The Miserable (miserable lyrics, miserable music).

Who but a teenager?

Victor Hugo’s original novel has been translated into multiple languages and has been read by millions. The staged musical production has been seen by many, many more around the world. And then there’s you, who apparently didn’t read the novel or see the staged musical. You went and saw a filmed version in a movie theater instead. You have popcorn with that?

Who but a teenager? Apparently countless others exclusive of you.

Next time there’s a one-string, street-corner banjo performer in town, make sure you buy a ticket for the performance.

I saw the musical in London

I saw the stage musical years ago in London. And I am not the only one who thinks the music is sappy. Many critics have savaged Les Miserables and for good reason.

Compared to the Broadway musicals of the past, Les Miz does not come close to matching their quality.

Thanks, but I think I'll pass on the Thalian production.

Saw it with the original Broadway cast.

I have a background as a classical musician and I liked it (possibly because of Weber's arrangements for the horns). I have no problem agreeing to disagree on like or dislike. Calling it a "second-rate, teenage tearjerker" however is over the top considering how many people have paid to see it and liked it and the novel itself is considered a classic.

I do agree on passing on the local production though. This thing's way too big for a local production company to even come close to getting it right.

No offense intended Thalian's, but this is a bit of an overreach.

High School Production?

From what I saw on the video, but did not hear (why no sound?), the Thalian production looks rather high schoolish.

Sorry, but that's the impression I got.