The Herald Bulletin

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Entertainment

October 17, 2013

Beef and Boards ends 40th season with epic 'Les Mis'

Cast and crew nails performance in every way

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Although the backdrop was simple in appearance, set designers went above and beyond to create the barricade in the final scenes. The theater even moved duct work to make room for the impressive piece that lowers from the ceiling.

But the success of “Les Misérables” hinges on the voices of the cast. A set can’t make up for a lack of talent. Dancing doesn’t hide mediocre voices. No sparkling costumes distract from the singing.

No worries, though, because the talent was outstanding. Even if you don’t like the story . . . even if you don’t like the time period . . . even if you don’t like France . . . you will love the stellar voices.

Gregg Goodbrod, playing Jean Valjean, was a member of the Broadway cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie;” Stephanie Torns played in “Wicked” on Broadway; Annie Edgerton performed in “Mama Mia” on Broadway; and Scott Beck was in Broadway companies of “Grease,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Saturday Night Fever.”

Not only do these performers bring the New York experience to the Indianapolis stage, but the rest of the cast – including the children – are simply amazing.

This is the first show in this location that I’ve witnessed a standing ovation from the audience – and the cast and crew certainly deserved it. This is definitely the show to see this season.

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