Saw Les Mis last night at Theatre Aspen. My sister was visiting from California, and we were looking for local experience. The Hurst Theater is an intimate venue, small stage, in a tent, with tiered seating, and not a bad seat in the house (we were in second row a little off center). The minimalist staging brought characters to the forefront, and the staging is not limited just to "the stage", performers use the aisles as well. The sets and especially the lighting were creative and inspired. My favorites for their outstanding performances were Javert (Aloysius Gigl), Jean Valjean (Mike Eldred), Mme. Thenardier, (an exceptionally rowdy performance by Nikki Boxer) and Franz Alderfer (the bishop and multiple ensemble characters). Beth Malone's (Fantine) brief appearances were exceptional. If you are in Aspen this summer, this is a treat not to be missed.
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