by Jim Ridley
The world’s longest-running musical, having passed the 25-year mark abroad last year — Murfreesboro native David Clemmons was among those to perform the lead role of Jean Valjean during its 16-year run on Broadway — it has a fervor, sweep and passion (not to mention a social conscience) severely lacking in certain other blockbusters of the ’80s stage. (We’re looking at you, Phantom of the Opera.) Mounting their own assault upon the barricades of creative inertia, adapters Larissa Maestro, Alex Caress and Jordan Caress have assembled a full orchestra and a cast that includes Alex as Javert, Jordan as the doomed Fantine (who gets the signature number “I Dreamed a Dream”), The Protomen’s Raul Panther as Valjean, By Lightning’s Joel J. Dahl as Marius, and Maestro as Eponine. Joining them are members of Ponychase, By Lightning!, Little Bandit, Uncle Skeleton, My So-Called Band, Mayhem, Cheer Up Charlie Daniels, The Non-Commissioned Officers, Forget Cassettes, Umbrella Tree, The Privates, De Novo Dahl, Poly, Korean Is Asian, Blue Heart Hour, Happy Little Trees, Kindercastle, and Paris, Ontario, as well as Bobby Bare Jr., Carey Kotsionis and Erin Manning. Your imagination will have to fill in the streets of 19th century Paris. Admission is $18, benefiting Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities (YEAH)’s Rock and Roll Camps.
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