REVIEW: Graceful Production of Les Miserables Now Showing Through June 22nd in La Mirada E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Written by Analicia Avila   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:00

James Barbour (with Nathaniel Irvin on ground)  star in the LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT production of LES MISERABLES, directed by Brian Kite and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts could not have ended their 2013-2014 season in a more spectacular manner. Their production of Les Miserables was epically successful as the audience riveted at the company’s ability to stage one of the most emotionally compelling musicals in such a graceful manner. It is to no surprise that the production was such a huge success when taking into account the talented cast and creative team.

Set in France during the 1800’s, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man who rebuilds his life after being freed from 19 years of slavery for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. After being showed mercy and kindness by a bishop, he is inspired to live a life guided by love. Engulfing the audience into a revolutionary period in France, Les Miserables reminds viewers of the power of love during times of despair.

Among the talented cast was A-list celebrity James Barbour who starred as Jean Valjean. The performance given by Barbour was extraordinarily flawless. Impeccably capturing the complexity of the character, Barbour graced the stage with a superb vocal performance. Other lead roles included Valerie Rose Curiel as Eponine, Kimberly Hessler as Cosette, Nathaniel Irvin as Marius, and Cassandra Murphy as Fantine. Each actor provided the audience with a unique representation of these timeless characters, and gave sensational vocal performances. 

All under the direction of Brian Kite and musical direction of John Glaudini, the success of the production was apparent from the beginning of the prologue. With a finale that had audiences applauding vigorously, the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts’ production of Les Miserables can be easily classified as one of the best vocal adaptions of this iconic play. Performances are at 7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays (with two added performances on June 15 and 22 at 7:00pm). Ticket prices range from $20-$70. For purchasing and information visit the La Mirada Theatre’s website at or call the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and groups.



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