Do You Hear the People Sing?

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Andrew Stetser

les_miz_graySomewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see, yet somewhere beyond the Lincoln Tunnel is there a show Malvern wants to see.

On November 19, 44 Malvern students and Mr. Roper will be traveling up to New York to see the Broadway Revival of Les Miserables for the Malvern’s winter New York trip.

“I think that the opportunity to see Les Mis in a Broadway production is something you never pass by,” said Mr. Roper, organizer of the New York trip. “It is one of the groundbreaking musicals of the second half of the twentieth century, and it’s going to live on a long time, even beyond the movie.”

Les Mis has been the recipient of eight Tony awards, has been made into two PBS concert specials, and has been voted “The Greatest Musical of All Time” by the listeners of the online Broadway radio station, JemmThree.

“The simple answer as to why Malvern chose the show Is because it was available,” according to Roper.  “The more complex answer has to do with the fact that anytime Les Mis becomes available in a professional production, you should go to see it. We’ve already gone to see it once, maybe twice in the twelve years we’ve been formally doing the Broadway trips.”

“I think the show has great messages,” said Dr. Fry, Director of the Malvern Theatre Society. “There’s a lot of connection to what happens in our own community with regards to poverty, prejudice, and people passing judgement. Also, the connection with theology and God is incredible in the show.”

The Broadway trip will also include a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, a visit to the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and lunch at the Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant.

“The stage production itself is extremely powerful, and I’m looking forward to us seeing the new nuances they may have put into this classic production,” said Roper.  “Everyone should sign up for this trip.”

There are still seats available to see Les Miserables. Visit Malvern’s website to sign up.