Although a local cast, the talent of the “Les Miserábles” cast can be heard in each line of the operatic drama.
Performers sing throughout the entirety of the production while the orchestra sets the tone of each scene. Audience members may have to sniff their way through Valjean’s prayer “Bring Him Home.” Pair the smooth lines of the violin with Mark Frie’s upper register, and there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
Frie truly steals the show as Jean Valjean. From the likes of Radio City Music Hall to a solo in Carnegie Hall, Frie is certainly no rookie to the stage. He has performed and directed many shows in theaters around the country including Boston, Denver, Ft. Worth, and Dallas. Simply put, he embodies the character of Jean Valjean. Frie’s resilient yet delicate vibrato leaves the audience in awe and, on more than one occasion, tears.
Performed by Theater Tulsa and directed by Sara Phoenix, the production comes after the 2012 “Les Miserábles” movie starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe put the classic back in the spotlight.
Samuel Briggs as Marius and Alexandra Johnson as Cosette also make quite the splash on stage. Marius is usually portrayed as older, braver and wiser. Briggs, however, brilliantly personifies Marius’ boyish personality. Johnson beautifully portrays the internal battle of Cosette as she wrestles between her love for her beloved father and Marius.
The father-daughter relationship of Cosette and Valjean is truly a beautiful work. An innocent waltz perfectly reveals Valjean’s love for Cosette right from the start.
Trace Buchart makes an incredible Gavroche. Buchart hits the stage and doesn’t leave doubt for his spunky character.
The chorus members and the rest of the leads must not be overlooked. The entire cast enters each scene ready to nail the harmonies and give the performance one hundred percent.
With such an 80-person cast and stellar production staff it is not hard to truly dream the dream that is “Les Miserábles.”
A final showing of “Les Miserábles” is slated for Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. in the John H. Williams Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.