Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the College Conservatory of Musicâ€™s production of the long running musical classic Les Miserables with a 5 Star Rating.
Panelists praised the production as â€œSpectacularâ€¦an outstanding and phenomenal productionâ€¦Bravo for everyone involved for taking a musical I have seen multiple times and making it as fresh, exciting and powerful as the first.â€ Director Aubrey Berg was praised for his â€œseamlessâ€ direction: â€œAubrey Berg said he had waited over 20 years to direct this musical at CCM and he could not have done it more effectively, with some masterful choices.â€ Musical Director Steve Goers also was commended for his â€œdirection of these fine voices and in the outstanding orchestral accompanimentâ€: he did a â€œwonderful job with taking a beast of a show and making it sing beautifullyâ€.
The panelists were impressed by the entire ensemble: â€œthe show absolutely showcased the incredible depth of CCM’s students..the talent level continues to amaze.â€ Blaine Krauss, as Jean Valjean, â€œgave a sensitive, true portrayal of the characterâ€¦his voice was movingâ€¦he should go directly to Broadway.â€ Panelists also singled out Colin Kessler, as Javert, for his â€œoutstandingâ€ performance and â€œremarkable voiceâ€, as well as Matthew Paul Hillâ€™s portrayal of Thenardier: â€œhilarious in an evil and unctuous manner. He almost stole the show.â€
Les Miserables runs through March 9th. Tickets can be obtained through the CCM box office at their website, http://ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html. Note: this review was based on the opening night cast. On alternate nights, the roles of Jean Valjean and Javert are also played by Julian Decker and Noah Ricketts, respectively.
League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.