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By John Moore
Nov. 30, 2013
Welcome to my ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes on opening nights in Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the official “Opening Nights” photo series (these are outtakes), click here.
Opening No. 137: Midtown Arts Center’s “Les Misérables”: This production has closed, sadly, but the buzz on it was so strong all the way down from Fort Collins, I wanted to see it — and represent it in our photo series — before it was too late. So think of this as the first “Closing Night” entry in our soon-to-close “Opening Nights” photo series. And the production lived up to its billing. The crowd may have been prodded, but it didn’t take much cajoling to get the screaming dinner patrons to wave their red napkins at the curtain call in support of the rebellion — and the production they had just seen. In all, more than 9,000 attended “Les Misérables” during its 12-week run, making it the second-most attended show in Midtown (formerly the Carousel Dinner Theatre) history. No. 1: “Shrek, the Musical.” “Les Misérables” featured a cast made up of both established local actors and a few who were brought in from New York. It starred David Ambroson as Jean Valjean and featured Brandon Schraml as Javert, Amy Madden Copp as Fantine, Nigel Huckle as Marius, Colleen Johnson as Eponine, Lisa Carter as Cosette, Colin Morgan as Enjolras, Michael Lasris as Thenardier and Jalyn Courtenay Webb as Mrs. Thenardier. The ensemble included Allen Dorsey, Tom Berger, Mikeal Macbeth, Jodye Carroll, Lauren Neely, Benjamin Danielowski, Julia Smith, John Sosna, Anne Tereze-Schwartz, Cynthia Vaughn, Camille Nugent, Korynne Terrio, Rylee Vogel, Elijah Walker Brandt and Kellan Oliver. The directors were Kurt Terrio, Jalyn Courtenay Webb (vocals) and Casey Cropp (orchestra). All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the official “Opening Nights” photo series (these are outtakes), click here. Thanks: cast and crew.
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