Mann, ‘Les Miserables’ to stage at WCU

art mannDirected by Broadway star Terrence Mann, the Tony-Award-winning musical “Les Miserables” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., April 3-5 and at 3 p.m., April 6 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.


Presented by the WCU School of Stage and Screen’s Musical Theatre Program, the show is based on Victor Hugo’s epic 1862 novel. It is a story of love and revolution set in early 19th-century France that features some of the most well-known musical numbers of the last century, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “Bring Him Home.” Intertwining on stage will be stories of a redemption-hungry man who breaks his parole, the justice-driven inspector who hunts for him, a mother desperate to support a child born out of wedlock, and her daughter, who has been forced into servitude.

Preceding the April 4 performance will be a silent auction hosted by the WCU Friends of the Arts to raise money for student scholarships and programs in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts. Part of the organization’s Bidding, Broadway, Beverages and Baguettes fundraiser, the auction will be held from 5 to 7:25 p.m. in the lobby of the Bardo Arts Center. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available in the lobby during the auction, to which admission is free and does not require a ticket to “Les Miserables.” 

Admission to “Les Miserables,” the final offering of the 2013-14 School of Stage and Screen Mainstage Season, is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and WCU faculty and staff; and $7 (in advance) and $10 (day of show) for students. 

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