The Ziegfeld Theater has the pleasure of welcoming guest artist and local celebrity J. Michael Bailey to lead it’s production of Les Misérables in the role of Jean Valjean. J. Michael boasts his name on a short list of actors who have performed the role professionally, having last performed it, to critical acclaim, at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2012.
Les Misérables, the musical smash success-turned film, tells Victor Hugo’s uncompromising tale of the struggle between justice and mercy. Jean Valjean begins the story as a convict imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. After escaping, Jean Valjean is shown unconditional love from an unexpected source. This simple yet powerful gift allows him to overcome his dark past and become a man of honor and integrity, passing along the love he was shown to those who need it as desperately as he did. Throughout, Valjean is pursued by the unmerciful Inspector Javert, who will stop at nothing to see Val Jean re-imprisoned, believing him incapable of changing his criminal nature. In the end, Javert is faced with a truth he cannot accept, that love can change even the most lost and destitute. Bursting with soaring melodies and universally resonating themes, Les Misérables brings a timeless lesson to a new generation: “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Adults: $19 online, $20 door
Students/Seniors/Children 12 and under: $17 online, $18 door