‘Les Miserables’ at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents the powerful nine-time Tony Award winning musical sensation Les Misérables for the first time ever in a dramatic conclusion to its 40th Anniversary Season. The epic production, featuring four Broadway performers in the cast, is now on stage in Beef & Boards’ intimate atmosphere through Nov. 24, 2013.
Set in France and based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the compelling story centers on Jean Valjean, who is released from the harsh 19-year prison sentence he received for stealing a loaf of bread. Although freed, he remains an outcast until he breaks his parole and assumes a different identity. Embarking on a new life, Valjean becomes a respectable citizen and is even elected mayor before he agrees to raise the child of a dying woman who had worked in his factory.
Javert, an officer obsessed with justice who has pursued Valjean since he broke parole, discovers the truth about his changed identity and attempts to capture the former convict. Valjean flees with young Cosette and becomes a father to her, but even he can’t protect her heart from being stolen by a young and passionate revolutionary as the French civil unrest builds.
Making his Beef & Boards debut in the iconic role of Jean Valjean is Gregg Goodbrod, a member of the original Broadway cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Also making their Beef & Boards debuts are Joe Tokarz in the role of the relentless Inspector Javert, Whitney Meyer as Cosette and Stephanie Torns, who played Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, as Eponine.
Returning to the Beef & Boards stage are Sarah Hund as Fantine, Dominic Sheahan-Stahl as Marius Pontmercy, Annie Edgerton (who performs the role of Rosie in Mama Mia on Broadway) as Madame Thénardier and Douglas E. Stark as Monsieur Thénardier. Scott Beck of Lafayette, who was in the Broadway companies of Grease, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Saturday Night Fever, plays the role of the factory foreman.
There are 59 performances of Les Misérables scheduled in the intimate setting of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $37.50 to $62.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, fruit & salad bar, and select beverages. Discounts are available for children and groups of 20 or more. Parking is free.
For reservations call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.
For the complete show schedule, visit http://www.beefandboards.com.
Editor’s Note: Photos courtesy of Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Used with written permission.