Saturday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.—LUDLOW—FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will feature the musical, “Les Miserables,” on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
The show has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, alongside an English-language libretto with accompanying English-language lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The London production has run continuously since October 1985, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world after the original Off-Broadway run of “The Fantasticks.”
“Les Miserables” features Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean; Norm Lewis as Javert; Lea Salonga as Fantine; Nick Jonas as Marius; Katie Hall as Cosette; Ramin Karimloo as Enjolras; Samantha Barks as Éponine; Mia Jenkins as Young Cosette; Robert Madge as Gavroche; Matt Lucas and Jenny Galloway as the Thénardiers; and Earl Carpenter as the Bishop of Digne.
Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables” is set in early 19th-century France. It is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
The musical is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Information is available at 802-228-7239 and fola.us.