AURORA – The Paramount Theatre has staged many fine productions since launching its Broadway series a few years ago.
But the Paramount has outdone itself with a powerful production of “Les Miserables.”
For the uninitiated, “Les Miserables” tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey for redemption after being jailed for 19 years for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child.
The story is set in early 19th century France. The Paramount knows how to set a scene, and its dark and striking scenery puts the audience right in the mood of the production.
The production also features several standout performances, namely from Robert Wilde in the role of Valjean and Rod Thomas in the role of Javert. Both Wilde and Thomas have the vocal range and acting chops needed for their challenging roles.
They also are both new to the Paramount stage. Let’s hope it won’t be their last time.
George Keating also adds the right touch of devilishness and comic relief to the role of Monsieur Thenardier.
Collectively, this Paramount production might feature the finest singers ever seen in a Paramount production. The sweeping orchestration provided by the theater’s 14-member orchestra adds to the delight of the production.
“Les Miserables” will run through Sunday, April 26. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.
Tickets are available by calling the Paramount at 630-896-6666 or visiting its website, www.paramountaurora.com.