Four actors from Ohio share the stage with an incredible cast from across the country, with the show running through October 30 at the Keybank State Theater

CLEVELAND — The world’s longest-running musical of all time kicked off its nationwide tour in Cleveland, with an impressive cast including four from Ohio.

Les Miserables has been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, and now the Tony Award-winning musical theater production runs until October 30 at Playhouse Square.

Sir Cameron MacKintosh, who has been widely regarded as the most prolific musical theater producer of the past 50 years, stopped in Cleveland last week to celebrate the launch of the show, which he called “COVID interrupted “.

‘Cleveland is a great place to open a show,’ said Sir MacKintosh, explaining how halting production for nearly three years during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed him and his partners to reunite “a completely different set of wonderful new performers”.

He added, “I think Cleveland audiences are going to be delighted with a really great production.”

Broadway, television and film actor Preston Truman Boyd, who plays Inspector Javert on the series, is thrilled to bring this story of love, courage and redemption to in-person audiences through the country and return to northeast Ohio. to shake things up.

“Cleveland is second only to New York when it comes to seating,” he said, saying going to the theater was “rooted in Clevelanders.”

Preston should know. He’s come to our town before with national tours of the Young Frankensteins and the Jersey Boys. This show, however, is Preston’s first national tour post-pandemic and for him, the timing is perfect to tell that story.

“This show has stood the test of time, especially now,” he said. “People really need to hear this story and see someone overcome so much. It’s about the survival of the human spirit and overcoming great odds. It’s a message that I hope people bring into their daily lives when they leave the theater every night.

Being back in front of a live audience is not something Preston takes for granted. “Getting the audience back in the seats and feeding off that energy is something we’ve all missed,” he said. “That’s why we’re doing this, to make that human connection with the audience. So to have that come back is very special.”

Sir MacKintosh agrees and hopes people who tune in to this show will share that sentiment.

“There’s nothing quite like live theatre, and through the ups and downs the whole world has gone through during the pandemic, we’ve been deprived for so long,” said Sir MacKintosh. “Each performance is individual and that’s something that no one can cram into a Cineplex or on Netflix…and see a show on that scale, which is going to get harder and harder to do in these post-pandemic times with the the way the economy is going, those are things that you can never take for granted. And I think our audience never takes that for granted.

Preston is joined by an all-star cast, including Baldwin Wallace University graduate Addie Morales, playing the role of Cosette. Addie’s fellow Baldwin Wallace graduates Ethan Rogers and Eden Mau’ and Otterbein graduate Steve Czarnecki are part of the ensemble.

Those interested in seeing the show in Cleveland can purchase tickets through Playhouse Square, here.

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