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Les Misrables hits Lawrenceville stage
Bryant Smith portrays Jean Valjean and Natasha Drena portrays Fantine in the musical "Les Miserables."

Beginning its 18th season, Aurora Theatre will open its Brand Signature Series with the epic Broadway classic "Les Misérables."

The Tony and Academy Award-winning motion picture will run from July 25 to Sept. 8. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Discount $20 matinees will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 14, 21 and 28 with not Wednesday night performances these days. Other tickets range from $30–$40.

Free parking is available on the deck attached to Aurora Theatre at 153 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.

Creators made the rights available to "Les Misérables" for regional productions for the first time in its 28-year history. Aurora Theatre will be the first local professional theatre company to produce this worldwide sensation.

Based on the timeless Victor Hugo novel, "Les Misérables" tells the story of Jean Valjean, a newly released prisoner, who is hunted relentlessly by police inspector Javert for breaking parole. Valjean leaves his past behind and makes a vow to raise the young, orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air, Valjean has no choice but to sacrifice everything to protect those he loves.

Playing the rugged protagonist Jean Valjean is Suzi Award-winner Bryant Smith who returns to Aurora Theatre after delighting audiences in Clyde ‘n Bonnie: A Folktale.

In his Aurora debut, the commanding Kevin Harry takes on the role of determined inspector Javert.

In a role that won Anne Hathaway an Oscar, Fantine will be played by Natasha Drena who took home a Suzi Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Annie Get Your Gun at Aurora Theatre.

The fiendishly hilarious Monsieur and Madame Thernardier will be played by Aurora’s "Master of the House" Anthony P. Rodriguez and Marcie Millard who are reunited again after Camelot, the inaugural production in Aurora’s magnificent new theatre in 2007.

They will be joined by top musical theatre talent: Michael Stiggers as Marius, Lowrey Brown as Enjolras, Kelly Chapin Schmidt as Cosette and Leslie Bellair as Eponine. The cast also includes six talented youngsters who will alternate playing the three children’s roles.

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