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Auf die Barrikaden wrote:
So my basic assumption that the 1st Tour was touring the East Coast, 2nd the West and the 3rd the South before 1st and 2nd closed down was kinda wrong. And there was the Canadian tour...


Yep, you were right for the first two. The Canadian tour was just that -- a Canadian tour. Though the 3NT did stop in Canada several times. (Including once when Michael Maguire filled in as Enjolras -- I've never actually read any accounts of this except from an interview with him in The Barricade.)

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Misconceptions still abound concerning touring companies. I've seen Twitter posts from people who think the current US tour has Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas, and (especially) Nick Jonas in it.

I saw the first US tour at the Kennedy Center in 1989. It was great! The afternoon before the show my sister and I were looking around the Kennedy Center and they let us into the auditiorium. The stage was fully lit with a bunch of tech guys standing around and they had the cover off the turntable, as they were vacuuming it out in preparation for that night's show. Can't let the barricades get stopped by dust bunnies...


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Good job collecting the venues! Hong Kong in 96 was still crown colony, so you should delete the China suffix. And Duisburg's theater was called "Musical Theater Duisburg", never "Music Hall". Guess someone heard "Musical" and understood Music Hall and from there it went...

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^ Thanks for your input! I've fixed those items.

I can't believe I had such a hard time deciding what country Hong Kong was a part of back in 1996! I've always known that it was under Britain's control and reverted back to China under an agreement when their hold over it was to expire in 1997, making it a Special Administrative Region (SAR) where it would be protected from mainland China's socialist system.

So....I just put Hong Kong as the country back in '96. There appears to be no other name I could find. :S

"Musical Theatre Duisburg" is a strange name for a theatre, lol. Are you sure that's not the name of a resident performing arts company? I've seen it listed as "Music Hall" for as long as I can remember in publications and on the internet (mostly English, which usually get foreign names wrong anyway, lol). Although "Music Hall" has always struck me as incredibly boring and mundane, haha. So I'd rather go for what a fellow fan says whom I'm sure knows more than random internet entries on trading lists over the years, hehe.

Anyway, sorry. I'll stop obsessing over details now. XD

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[color=#0000BF]^ Thanks for your input! I've fixed those items.

"Musical Theatre Duisburg" is a strange name for a theatre, lol. Are you sure that's not the name of a resident performing arts company? I've seen it listed as "Music Hall" for as long as I can remember in publications and on the internet (mostly English, which usually get foreign names wrong anyway, lol). Although "Music Hall" has always struck me as incredibly boring and mundane, haha. So I'd rather go for what a fellow fan says whom I'm sure knows more than random internet entries on trading lists over the years, hehe.

Anyway, sorry. I'll stop obsessing over details now. XD



Well all of my 5 Duisburg souvenir brochures as well as all my cast lists, fliers etc name it "Musical Theater". :) Stella, the company in charge for most of the professional resident musicals in Germany in the 80s and 90s was not too creative when it came to naming their venues. Some years after Les Mis closed down it was renamed to "Theater am Marientor", which fits better IMO. Keep up the good work, this will be even better than the production list in the QUAC souvenir programme.

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I think what might add to the confusion is that 'musical theatre' as such just defines a genre in English and wouldn't work as a name for a theatre, whereas in German, I really feel like it sounds okay and like a theatre where they show musicals. It's hard to explain, it's got to do with how you can just add noun to noun in German and it'll still be a word... I'm pretty sure my brochures say the very same.


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I think it's cute.

"Hey, let's go see _________ @ MUSICAL THEATRE DUISBURG! Hooray!!!" XD

I haven't taken y'all through a virtual tour of that theatre, huh? The interactive CD-ROM allows you to go through the entire lobby and turn 360 degrees around the auditorium. It even has Mr. Victor Hugo seated nearby!!! I need to seriously make part three. I keep putting it off due to all the work I've gotta do for school. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Btw, just added a crapload of 3rd NT dates above through 1991. Now I'm trying to figure out a way to post all dates without it looking ridiculous. I mean, look how long it is now and it's only up to 1991!!! 2 DECADES LEFT. :wtf: Well, almost.

Oh how I love the 3rd NT! It was the real deal yet was so damn portable it could play hole-in-the-wall theatres in obscure towns in community centers, making locals' mouths gape at the quality standards unusual to their area. It also impressed audiences who were previously treated to the 1st national tour twice, and based on reviews and reports I have of ticket sales, they couldn't even tell the difference between the two tours. What's amazing is not only that, but it played as little as a couple of days and was easily set-up and broken down in a matter of hours and set-up again for a performance 24 to 48 hours after having closed at the previous city. I miss the time when Cameron was all about quality. He has totally sold out. Ah well.

I realized while adding the dates that it's sort of a closure for me. This whole "original production = spare, boring, dark, unexciting, old, 1985 version, dated, synthy" and this new 25th anniversary insult production bull was thrust upon us without warning. I don't think I was even given a chance to "let go." I just realized the other day that there are exactly two original productions playing in the whole world. And one I'm not even sure is going ahead due to the natural disasters of recent months. The other is being tampered with this June. I can't believe I won't be able to see that incredible production live anymore--the perfect way to see this musical. That's incredibly depressing. :-({|=

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Quique, I've always been impressed by your comprehensive knowledge of the show and love your commitment to all things Les Mis, but I couldn't help but find this little error amusing :P:

Quique wrote:
23 September 1993 - U.K. Tour closes - Playhouse, Edinburgh, ENGLAND

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^ Shameful!


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Acheydkkglerlgnrlnhlskrkhnkh;rhhnenhktnhkenh;enhkn.

*Hangs head in shaaaaame*

Oopsie. And I really thought it was in England, too. Not the first time I make a related error, hehe. My brain seems to refuse to accept that Scotland is a country. For shame. :-({|= :-({|=

EDIT: Btw, MORE shameless additions to lengthy 3rd NT dates!!1!!!11 :mrgreen:

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For Quique: More Concert performances until 2000, dates and venues taken from the QUAC brochure(oh how I love it!):

31 May 1996 - Gisselfeld Castle, Haslev, DENMARK
28 June 1997 - Open-Air Concert, Forsmark, SWEDEN
24 August 1997 - Hylands Park, Chelmsford, ENGLAND
5 July 1998 - Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, WALES
7 November 1998 - Mediterranean Conference Center, Valetta, MALTA


Also, anyone who might share a special concert performance from 1989 with me would be highly welcomed...

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