The Rochester Broadway Theatre League will present “Les Miserables” beginning tonight, Tuesday, through Saturday, November 24 at the Auditorium Theatre.
The touring production brings with it Eastman alum Matt Moisey, who discussed the show and its popularity during News 8 at Noon.
“I play a guy named Grantaire, among other things,” Moisey said. “I play this sort of ne’re-do-well, drunken revolutionary who provides sort of a counter argument to the whole thing.”
Moisey is thrilled to be part of the “Les Mis” team. “I think there’s so much to it that makes it so timeless,” he said. “I think part of that is the story, which I think uplifts everyone. It’s about reaching towards unattainable in the face of absolute misery and opposition, but it’s also the score. It has this gorgeous, sweeping score that has songs that have something for everyone, really, musically as well as dramatically.”
Audiences will see an updated version of the story on stage. “When it first opened in the 80’s it all revolved on this turntable we would call it, where the whole stage rotates, which really facilitated this very complex story,” Moisey explained. “But, what’s great is that they’ve totally changed it. They’ve made the orchestrations a little bit more intimate and they’ve created a more intimate staging that gives it almost a cinematic feel in that it really hones in on specific characters and specific moments within the piece.”
This week will be a homecoming of sorts for Moisey, who graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2014. “I think what Eastman really teaches you, because you focus on lots of different kinds of music and art in such detail, that I think it taught me to love what I’m doing, love the score you’re doing and really love it by focusing on it and studying it and mining it for detail and expressive potential. It basically turned me into a loving musician.”
You can see that passion play out on stage starting tonight at the Auditorium Theatre. For tickets, visit the Box Office or go online to RBTL.org.