‘Les Miserables’ is an astonishing spectacle

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent


"Master of the House," a scene from the national touring production of "Les Miserables." [Matthew Murphy

   DURHAM — Since the 1980s, “Les   Miserables” has been a musical classic, and on   Tuesday night, Durham audiences were   reminded why. The Durham Performing Arts   Center (DPAC) hosted the national tour of     ”Les  Miserables,” which will remain at the   DPAC through Sunday.
Adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel of the   same  name, “Les Miserables” follows multiple   characters, most notably Jean Valjean (Nick   Cartell), an escaped convict on a journey to   better himself. He is forever haunted by   Inspector Javert (Josh Davis), who vows to   find him and bring him to justice. All of this   takes place in Paris during the early 1800s.
Every single second of the show was astonishing. From the striking set to the soaring vocals — everything was executed perfectly. Cartell’s performance was truly a wonder to watch and listen to. His passion for the role was obvious and his voice carried both power and compassion. Davis’ performance of Javert was equally captivating. His stage presence turned all eyes to him and his character choices humanized the inspector.
“Les Miserables” is a show filled with elements of love, justice and tragedy. With the resonating voices of the cast and the raw emotion from start to finish, this is not a show you will want to miss.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham.
Note: There is some mild language, rude gestures and gunshots in the show.

For more details or to purchase tickets, call 919-680-2787 (DPAC box office) or 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Rachel Teseneer is a sophomore at North Carolina State University and a Teens & 20s writer.

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