Against the backdrop of 19th century France, Wretched tells a gripping story of shattered dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
The epic story, written by famous French novelist Victor Hugo in 1862, has become one of the most famous musicals in theater history and has been seen by more than 130 million people in 53 countries in more than 20 languages. .
This year, Philadelphia audiences will be able to see Cameron Mackintosh’s production written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s production at the Kimmel Cultural Campus until November 13.
“The phenomenon of Wretched never fails to amaze me. No show in history has been able to continually reinvent itself and remain a contemporary musical attracting new generations of bright new talent. No show in the world has ever better demonstrated the survival of the human spirit than Les Miz,” Mackintosh said.
The magnificent score of Boublil & Schönberg Wretched includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home”, “Do You Hear The People Sing?”, “One Day More”, “Master of the House”, and many more others.
The cast of the musical includes Nick Cartell and Preston Truman Boyd will return to the barricades to play fugitive Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert respectively. They are joined by Matt Crowle as Thénardier, Christina Rose Hall as Madame Thénardier, Haley Dortch as Fantine, Devin Archer as Enjolras, Christine Heesun Hwang as Éponine and Addie Morales as Cosette. Cora Jane Messer and Hazel Vogel alternate as Little Cosette/Young Éponine. Harrison Fox and Gabriel Lafazan alternate in the role of Gavroche.
They are joined by Puerto Rican-Dominican Gregory Lee Rodriguez, who plays Marius.
“There are a lot of things I love about the role of Marius, but technically speaking it’s definitely been a huge learning experience in terms of my acting craft. It’s by far the most demanding role ever. that I had the privilege of performing in terms of accurately portraying their emotional and physical journey to the best of my ability throughout the play,” Lee Rodriguez told AL DÍA.
Inspired by the years following the French Revolution, the story of Wretched speaks of generosity, love and forgiveness in the midst of chaos.
For any reader, the pages of Victor Hugo which inspired this great show convey emotions and call for a moral reflection on good and evil. This also happens with the artists who were cast in the acclaimed musical.
“Meeting Cosette during Rue Plumet/ Heart Full of Love and being a convict for the top of the show (Prologue/ Look Down). I love the contrast of each section and the versatility needed to represent each one truly. One is full of hope/curiosity/wit and excitement while the other is the complete antithesis. An individual who has a history unknown to the public but which ultimately led him to the horrific conditions of the prison system. That’s the heart of what Les Mis has to offer story-wise,” Lee Rodriguez said of his favorite moments on the show.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. In-person ticket sales take place daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street.
“Be prepared to be dazzled/intrigued/disturbed/enlightened by the ferocity of this musical. It has remained a mainstay within the artistic community for a reason, and at any point if you think a little more context would help capture the density of the play, displays it as a wonderfully written synopsis of each act” , Lee Rodriguez.