West Windsor, N.J. – Playful Theatre Productions is thrilled to present one of the most thrilling musicals of all time. “Les Misérables” comes to Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre for three weekends: Fridays, March 28, April 4 and April 11 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 29, April 5 and April 12 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, March 30, April 6 and April 13 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on March 28.
The Tony and Grammy Award-winning blockbuster musical is based on the novel by Victor Hugo, which begins in Paris in 1815 and culminates with the student rebellion of 1832. Accompanied by a majestic score, the show takes us on the journey of Jean Valjean, an honest man driven to steal a loaf of bread for his starving family. It’s an act that has far-reaching consequences, condemning Valjean to hard labor for almost two decades. As he sets about to start a new life, Valjean finds that he cannot keep his past totally at bay. Javert, a police inspector with an unbending sense of justice, continues to track him relentlessly. The characters' personal sagas are set against the backdrop of revolutionary France, as “Les Misérables” compellingly addresses themes of love, freedom, sacrifice, honor and the nature of justice.
Starring in Les Misérables are Maria Aromando of Bridgewater as Madame Thenardier; Abigail Bastian of Morrisville, Pa., as Young Cosette; Elio Lleo of East Windsor as Javert; James Petro of Hamilton as Marius; Michael Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Jean Valjean; Tressa McCallister Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Fantine; Samantha Sharpe of Basking Ridge as Eponine; Roman Sohor of Parlin as Monsieur Thenardier; and Cat Tierney of Princeton as Cosette.
Also featured are Noah Barson of Richboro, Pa., as Jean-Prouvaire; Tom Bessellieu of Hamilton as Brujon; Matthew Dawson of Hillsborough as Courfeyrac; Shawn Doremus of Plainsboro as Enjolras; Simon Hamilton of Princeton as Gavroche; Christopher Kamps of Hamilton as Combeferre; William Kamps of Burlington as Feuilly; Tom Petrino of Hamilton Square as Claquesous; Robert D. Rodriguez of Hamilton as Babet; Matthew Staley of Hamilton as Grantaire; Karl Weigand of Lawrenceville as Lesgles; and Michael Zweig of Philadelphia, Pa., as Joly.
Ensemble members include Jill Bradshaw of Oaklyn, Shannon Brueckner of Howell,
Kim Cupo of Fairless Hills, Pa., Vianna Fagel of Lawrenceville, Elizabeth Ferrara of West Windsor, Lucy Fisher of Flemington, Cathryn Hardy of Matawan, Samantha Kamen of Hamilton, Colby Langweiler of New Hope, Pa., Jaimie McMillin of Bordentown, and Joan Zalot of Langhorne, Pa.