Drayton Entertainment Announces Les Misérables As 2014 Season Flagship Production
Cambridge After months of rampant public speculation, Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director Alex Mustakas today announced Les Misérables as the organization’s flagship production for the 2014 Season.
The coup is the result of Mustakas trying for years to secure the rights to one of the biggest and most successful productions in Broadway history.
The epic musical will take centre stage at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge June 11th to August 2nd, and the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend August 7th to August 30th.
“It has been a personal dream to bring this musical to our audience,” says Mustakas. “Les Misérables is without a doubt the most ambitious production in our organization’s history. We are invigorated by the challenges inherent with mounting a true mega musical.”
The secrecy surrounding the production the last four months has created much intrigue throughout Canada’s theatre community and among the general public. Over 10,000 tickets had already been snapped up by enthusiastic theatregoers prior to the title’s release.
Based on the Victor Hugo novel, Les Misérables was created by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the same team behind Miss Saigon.
One of the most celebrated musicals of our time, Les Misérables is the longest running musical in the word. It has entertained more than 65 million people in 42 countries around the world with translations into 21 different languages. The stage production was only translated back into the language of Victor Hugo for its French World Première in Montréal, Quebec, in 1991. The musical has won over 100 major theatre awards including 2 Laurence Olivier Awards for the Original West End production, as well as 8 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards for the Original Broadway production.
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean who is hunted for decades by the ruthless police officer Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, their lives are forever changed … along with the destiny of an entire nation.
“A testament to the survival of the human spirit, Les Misérables is a tour-de-force production that takes audiences on an unforgettable emotional journey through broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption,” says Mustakas. “This show will attract audiences from across the province, and become a landmark production in our history. It is really going to be quite spectacular.”
Dunfield Theatre Cambridge 2014 Season
The 2014 Season kicks off with the fun-filled rock ’n roll revue, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion. Featuring classic songs by The Beatles, The Hollies, and The Rolling Stones, this irresistible piece of 60s nostalgia will rock the stage March 5th to March 30th.
Next up, audiences will be doubled over with the outrageous British farce Run For Your Wife, April 16th to May 4th. An unfortunate event threatens to reveal a cabbie’s double life in this uproarious Ray Cooney romp.
The aforementioned Les Misérables is on stage June 11th to August 2nd.
The hilarious comedy Boeing-Boeing jets into Cambridge August 13th to August 31st. A Parisian bachelor’s love life soars to new heights when his three fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess, land in his apartment at the same time.
David Rogers, regarded as Canada’s most accomplished leading man and one of the original stars of The Phantom of the Opera, honours the legendary heroes of Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Man of La Mancha, and more in Broadway Heroes, October 1st to October 18th.
The Season ends with a splashy Broadway spectacle for the entire family, with Drayton Entertainment’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on stage November 19th to December 21st.
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
A couple’s dream of solitude in an old country farmhouse quickly becomes a nightmare when they learn about a resident ghost in the original comedy thriller, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight. Laugh-out-loud funny and scream-out-loud scary, this spooky murder mystery is guaranteed to thrill with its genuine, bloodcurdling frights March 12th to March 30th.
Legally Blonde, the blockbuster motion picture, arrives on stage as a fun and frothy musical comedy. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this ridiculously peppy and playful tale of female empowerment is guaranteed to entertain, April 23rd to May 18th.
The Affections of May is a lighthearted look at life after marriage that will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. Norm Foster’s love triangle of laughs runs June 4th to June 22nd.
Take a trip down memory lane with Wichita Lineman from July 16th to August 2nd. Featuring the songs of pop and country music legend Glen Campbell and friends from “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” Television, this rousing musical tribute is a surefire crowd-pleaser.
On stage October 8th to November 2nd, Footloose, based on the beloved 80s movie, is the feel-good story about a young rebel who inadvertently heals the heart of a small town when he encourages the local youth to defy the rules and hold a rock 'n roll party.
The holidays will sparkle with Snow White, a deliciously entertaining production for the entire family on stage November 19th to December 21st. In the British Panto tradition where audiences cheer the hero and boo the villain, this lively production boasts incredible musical numbers, slapstick comedy, audience participation, and of course, a dash of theatrical magic.
St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre
The memories of a legendary performer, her tumultuous life and remarkable career are celebrated in the inspiring musical A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, on stage August 5th to December 21st. Journey through Patsy’s triumphs and tragedies in this rousing production that contains 21 of her greatest hits including “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and many more.
Drayton Festival Theatre
First on the playbill is the musical masterpiece, South Pacific. Featuring the iconic score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, this epic love story about a spunky Navy nurse and mysterious French planter reveals the stark realities of prejudice and a world at war. This show of rare enchantment runs May 14th to May 31st.
The mind-bending thriller Deathtrap runs June 4th to June 21st. A chilling tale unfolds when a faded writer concocts a plan to steal a brilliant murder mystery from one of his promising students.
The hilarious spy comedy Look, No Hans! is on stage July 2nd to July 19th. A secret agent’s plans for a quiet birthday go out the window (along with several of his guests) when his carefully crafted cover is threatened.
The Drayton Festival Theatre rolls out the red carpet for its final production of the season as world-class performers with golden voices celebrate the greatest musical moments from the silver screen in Hollywood Sings, a joyous musical revue August 5th to August 23rd.
Drayton Entertainment’s 2014 Season at Other Venues
King’s Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene
A Traditional British Panto June 4 June 21
Run For Your Wife
An Outrageous British Farce June 25 July 12
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight
The Original Comedy Thriller July 16 Aug 2
Twist and Shout: The British Invasion
Music That Rocked The World Aug 7 Aug 30
Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend
A World-Renowned Musical Masterpiece June 5 June 21
A Home Run Musical Comedy June 26 July 12
Twist and Shout: The British Invasion
Music That Rocked The World July 17 Aug 2
The Broadway Musical Aug 7 Aug 30
Huron Country Playhouse II, Grand Bend
The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show
Wacky Learning for Schools May 26 May 30
Look, No Hans!
The Hilarious Spy Comedy June 11 June 28
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight
The Original Comedy Thriller July 2 July 12
Run For Your Wife
An Outrageous British Farce July 16 Aug 2
A Traditional British Panto Aug 7 Aug 30
Regular performance tickets are $42.00 for adults; $25.00 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for preview performances and groups of 20 or more are $34.00.
Drayton Entertainment offers flexible subscription packages to enable theatregoers to book tickets to any performance, at any theatre, for any date. When patrons buy tickets to four, five, six, or even seven different productions, they can save close to 25% off the regular ticket price.
Tickets are now on sale through the Drayton Entertainment Box Office in person, Toll Free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866) or online at www.draytonentertainment.com.