New Jersey Stage

Saturday, July 27, 2013

SURFLIGHT THEATRE PRESENTS "LES MISERABLES"

(BEACH HAVEN, NJ) -- Surflight Theatre, under the leadership of Executive Director Ken Myers, announced principal casting today fort Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schnberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISRABLES, makes it long awaited Long Beach Island debut at Surflight Theatre, from July 31 through August 24. Opening night is August 1 at 8pm.
Directed by Norb Joerder, Surflight Theatre's production stars Bart Shatto (Jean Valjean), Todd Alan Johnson (Javert), Kelly McCormick (Fantine), Alison Gleason (Eponine), Nicholas Cox (Marius), Jillian Gottlieb (Cosette), Jamiesson O'Brien (Young Cosette), Nadia Jewel (Young Cosette), Maddox Elliot Skigen (Gavroche), Vincent Crocilla (Gavroche), Kelly Briggs (Thernadier), Yvonne Strumecki (Madame Thernadier), Scott Sowinski (Enjolras), Sarah Beling, Mark Blowers, Rory Conolly, Tom DeMichele, Amanda Fannon, Matthew Greenberg, Tommy Joscelyn, T.J. Larke, Amelia Millar, Elizabeth Miller, Peter Kane, Sara Joy Kane, Ryan P.J. Mulholland, and Jeff Sullivan. Henco Espag is musical director.

Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Misrables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score includes the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and many more.

Leading the Surflight production is Broadway's Bart Shatto, who's played Jean Valjean on Broadway and in the show's National Tour. Bart's Broadway credits include Hands on a Hard Body, Dracula, The Civil War and Les Misrables. He was recently nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in The Civil War at Ford's Theatre. As a singer, he is a veteran member of the Gold/Platinum selling symphonic progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Bart can be heard as the voice of "Gaspard's Papa" in the new animated series for Disney Jr. "Gaspard and Lisa". He is co-starring in the feature film "Carry Me Home" opposite Cuba Gooding Jr.(post-production), independent feature "Reunion 108" (which will be released this August) and currently shooting the musical film (opposite Tony-nominated Orfeh) "Life of an Actress". This October, Bart will be playing the famed 20th century writer of erotica D.H. Lawrence in a new musical Lawrence at the Bridewell Theatre in London for a limited run. www.bartshatto.com .

No stranger to the role of Javert, Todd Alan Johnson (Javert) has played the role on National Tour and in Toronto, opposite the original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson. Todd has played starring and supporting roles on Broadway (Zoser in Aida), Off-Broadway (Iron Curtain), national and international tours and regionally at San Jos Repertory Theatre, The Riverside Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, The Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Arvada Center for the Arts, Olney Theatre Center, North Carolina Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse, Theatre By The Sea, Maine State Music Theatre and a dozen others. IRNE Awards for Best Actor (True West: New Rep, 2006) and Best Supporting Actor (Into the Woods: New Rep, 2006).

Surflight Theatre's production of Les Misrables is designed by Stephen Cowles (sets), Anna Hillbery (costumes), Benjamin Weill (lighting), and A&L Sound Partners (sound). Michael J. Iannelli is production stage manager.

The original New York production of Les Misrables premiered first at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, later moving to the Imperial on October 17, 1990, where it played until May 18, 2003, for a total Broadway run of 6680 performances. Seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misrables is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written. A second Broadway revival (the first was in 2006) is scheduled for March 2014.

Surflight Theatre is located at 201 Engleside Avenue in historic Beach Haven, NJ. Performances of Les Misrables are Tuesday at 2pm and 8pm; Wednesday at 2pm; Thursday at 2pm and 8pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $45, with Groups (15 or more) $35 dinner packages available. NEW: Surflight is offering military and veteran discounts: 50% off the full ticket price of all Surflight Theatre events for active military and veterans with ID. Call the Surflight Theatre Box Office at 609-492-9477 or purchase online at www.surflight.org .

 Next on the Surflight Theatre stage the Peanuts musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (August 28 September 8), the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town (September 25 October 4), and Irving Berlin's White Christmas (November 29 December 22).