Civic to close-out season with ‘Les Miserables’


The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is thrilled to announce its most ambitious production to date, “Les Misérables.” Closing out Civic’s 99th season, The Tony Award and Oscar winning musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg will open April 25 and run through May 10 at the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

“We are thrilled to present a large-scale production of one of modern time’s greatest achievements in musical theatre,” said Civic artistic director Robert Sorbera.

Based on Victor Hugo’s famed novel of the same name, “Les Misérables” follows French peasant Jean Valjean’s path to redemption after serving time for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s daughter. After breaking parole, Inspector Javert persistently hunts Valjean through the streets of revolutionary France. The story is told entirely in song, featuring memorable numbers like “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More” and “On My Own.”

“The scale of drama in this show is truly epic as it follows the path from evil to good, from being lost to being found,” Sorbera said.

In Civic’s fully staged production, audiences will experience all the excitement of a Broadway show complete with elaborate sets, detailed costumes, and a full orchestra. Resident Designer Ryan Koharchik will transform the state-of-the-art Tarkington theatre into 19th-century France, intimately taking the audience through the celebrated story of love, compassion and social injustice.

“We’re looking forward to using the full depth of the Tarkington stage, bringing scenes out of the darkness. I think it will be our most exciting production yet,” Sorbera said.

“Les Misérables” ● 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m.Sundays; and 5 p.m. May 10 ● Tarkington Theater ● Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel ● Tickets are $46.50 for adults and $36.50 for minors ● For more information call 843-3800 or visit