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Oct. 3-5, 10-12: 'Les Misérables'

Award-winning musical opens 2013-14 Mainstage seson.

2013-10-14
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 9-10-2013

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present the multiple award-winning musical “Les Misérables” as the opening show of its 2013-14 Mainstage season. Sponsored by HickoryTech Corporation and Foundation, it will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-5 & 10-12, with 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. During the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.

The winner of nine Tony Awards in 1987, it became the second longest-running musical in Broadway history. The 2012 movie version starred Hugh Jackman as Valjean. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, with Anne Hathaway winning for Best Actress as Eponine.

As Jean Valjean, Minnesota State Mankato welcomes actor-singer-director-musician Neil Dale, a native of Liverpool, England, and frequent performer in Cameron Mackintosh Ltd productions of “Les Misérables.” He also appeared in the “Les Misérables” 25th anniversary concert in London. Dale appears as a Nadine B. Andreas Guest Artist. Portraying his nemesis, Javert, is first-year MFA Musical Theatre candidate Adam Yankowy. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville and a Performance Certificate from AMDA. Yankowy’s New York credits include Carnegie Hall Solo Debut with Essential Voices USA and NY Pops, NYGASP’s productions of Ruddigore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance at NYC Center, The Town Hall’s Broadway’s Rising Stars, Babes in Toyland at Lincoln Center.

Directing the cast of nearly 40 is Department Chair Paul J. Hustoles. Music direction is by Nick Wayne, with scenic design by John David Paul. Costumes are designed by David McCarl.

Individual tickets for “Les Misérables” are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $15 for current Minnesota State students. They may be purchased online at MSUTheatre.com, or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; call 507-389-6661.

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