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I'm pretty sure I have a 1986 London brochure but not sure about a 1987 one. Was Martin Smith featured as Marius or was he an understudy that covered the role and got to play it? If it's the latter, there is likely no photographic record of him as Marius. Well, in the official souvenir brochures, at least, since I don't think they ever published photos of understudies with the exception alternates of the leads but even that was/is uncommon.

I'll check to make sure. Lord knows what I have in my vast piles of Les Mis junk. :crazy:

Oh, and welcome, Newcomer! \:D/

We can always use more Mis freaks. =)

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Quique wrote:
I'm pretty sure I have a 1986 London brochure but not sure about a 1987 one. Was Martin Smith featured as Marius or was he an understudy that covered the role and got to play it? If it's the latter, there is likely no photographic record of him as Marius. Well, in the official souvenir brochures, at least, since I don't think they ever published photos of understudies with the exception alternates of the leads but even that was/is uncommon.

I'll check to make sure. Lord knows what I have in my vast piles of Les Mis junk. :crazy:

Oh, and welcome, Newcomer! \:D/

We can always use more Mis freaks. =)


Martin was principle Marius and 2nd cover Valjean, making him the first person to ever play both roles! There's a...."source" of him as Valjean out there, he's brilliant!

And thanks :D


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I knew his name sounded familiar. I'll check to see and will let you know sometime this weekend when I wade through my Les Mis junk, lol.

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A few scans from the program of the Australian production in the year 1989 or so.

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And here are some more from the original Australian Cast:

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Check out these pics from 2008 mini-tour that played in a handful of US cities as part of the first slew of regional productions!

http://fredhanson.net/product.php?id=32

If anyone wants another excuse to bash the 25th ann. production, here it is. Any claims that the use of projections with Hugo's drawings is a completely fresh, new idea? Bogus.

Honestly, it looks like at least 30% of the new production's imagery was lifted wholesale from this one! And I say this as someone who likes the new production reasonably well: this one looks better.

I so wish I could have seen it!


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Isn't that the Wolftrap production, which is the production that led to the 25th anniversary production?

Since Mackintosh is great at producing musicals but lousy at staging shows and excellent at taking credit for stuff he didn't create, he had allowed the rights to stage the show for regional U.S. theatre companies around that time (2007-08) but under certain conditions: the company had to be a nationally reputable one and their version had to be directed by an experienced, nationally reputable director. Furthermore, the productions could not be clones of the original and had to be substantially different in direction and design.

I believe Mackintosh used this process to leech ideas off of the best production of the bunch and then call it "HIS new 25th anniversary production."

I have a very high level of respect for all regional theatre companies because I believe they are brave and they boast some of the last people in this damn country who are really talented AND really care about theatre, so even though that production is basically the 25th anniversary production, I have very different feelings in regards to the Wolftrap production and the lackluster rip-off 25th anniversary uncelebration tour. I understand that it may seem like a contradiction but it isn't at all, because Wolftrap did not choose to snub the original and they set out to stage it differently without the same motives and intentions as ungrateful millionaire Mackintosh, who continues to speak very badly of the original production to this day, every chance he gets.

I agree that the Wolftrap production looks a LOT better than the tacky 25th anniversary U.S. tour and I wonder why they couldn't leech the high quality production standards seen in those photographs as well.

I think I read somewhere that the 25th anniversary production toured in 9 semi-tractor trailers, which is very hard to believe considering the massive original production toured complete in 8 semi-tractor trailers and the new tour cost close to two million less to mount according to Mackintosh than the original's 4.5 million dollar price tag.

I've always been incredibly intrigued by the 3rd national tour's amazing portability and lightening fast set up and break down time (less than 24 hours and 16 hours, respectively). All of that wouldn't mean squat if the 3rd national tour was a 2nd rate, cheapo version of the original, but what has always captured my imagination is the fact it was a perfectly identical, full-scale wonder of a production that was practically indistinguishable from its Broadway and London counterparts. It gave whole new meaning to "bus and truck" tour and made the experience of seeing a national touring production of a Broadway musical exactly like seeing the real deal on Broadway. In fact, on the road, Les Mis WAS the real deal. And I've seen all three U.S. national tours as well as the original Broadway production and the 2006 revival and every production was just as grand as the other.

OK, it's just about now where I begin to blow steam outta my ears, so I'll shut up now.

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Indeed, this is the Wolftrap production which according to Hanson's site, also played at the Fox Theater (Atlanta) and Kansas City Starlight,Theater Under the Stars (Houston, TX). Indeed the physical production looks very similar to the 25th anniversary version since it was designed by Matt Kinley as well. Fred Hanson is an ex-member of Cameron Mackintosh's production team and apparently he has been involved with the CamMack production of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma, and Carousel on Broadway and on tour for many years. (ibdb bio here) It looks like he worked his way up from stage manager to associate director and executive producer on many of these works. Miss Saigon was reproduced in its original staging (Nick Hytner, Bob Avian) in 2004 and 2008 and the direction was reproduced by Fred Hanson both times (with the Bob Avian choreography reproduced by Jodi Moccia). (Miss Saigon being restaged in it's original form is the main reason I moved to Japan in 2004... and I can actually see the Imperial Theater from my office now... but that's another story) I have the 2008 Japanese Miss Saigon program and it states that Fred Hanson was chosen to be the director of the "New Version of Les Miserables" to be staged later that year at TUTS and Wolftrap.

I remember reading this thread around that time and there are some comments from a cast member that the production was still very much a test run for the new concept and it seems that CamMack was leveraging some of this associate directors and scenic designers (Fred and Matt). Apparently, they were also using some of the surplus props and furniture from the Broadway production as well.

It seems that at the time, the stage deck was not automated as it is now (at least in Japan and Korea they have automated many of the set pieces such as tables to track on and off from the wings. I'm not sure if it's done the same way in the US tour as it's been two years since I saw it in DC from a mediocre seat). I'm not sure what happened between 2008 and the start of the "25th anniversary US tour", but Fred Hanson either left or was replaced as director by James Powell and (current CamMack favorite) Laurence Connor. I believe Fred has also left the CamMack organization and is now an independent director working on his own productions in Brazil and the US. Fred Hanson is given some credit for his development of the new production, but you'd be hard pressed to find it: here it is buried deep in page 16 of the playbill. Perhaps they threw out all of his staging, kept the physical production as a base and got Connor and Powell to "rethink" the direction.


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Incidentally, Fred Hanson is directing a new version of Miss Saigon at the Kansas City Starlight Theater, opening in early September.

Sorry about going off topic here


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Quique wrote:
I knew his name sounded familiar. I'll check to see and will let you know sometime this weekend when I wade through my Les Mis junk, lol.


Did you ever find anything in the brochure?


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Duisburg time!

Charles Fornara, Valjean/Javert alternate 98/99 and last principal Valjean 99:
http://www.charlesfornara.com/fotos/800 ... ogramm.jpg
http://www.musical-cast.de/musicals/kar ... rnara2.jpg
http://www.charlesfornara.com/fotos/800 ... jean01.jpg
http://www.charlesfornara.com/fotos/800 ... -box01.jpg
http://www.charlesfornara.com/fotos/800 ... thardy.jpg (As Javert with Hartwig Rudolz als Valjean)
http://www.charlesfornara.com/fotos/800 ... inhard.jpg (With Reinhard Brussmann as Valjean)
http://www.charlesfornara.com/fotos/800 ... show01.jpg
http://www.charlesfornara.com/fotos/800 ... show02.jpg

Dennis Dubbin, Grantaire and cover Valjean in Duisburg 1998-99:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5142/5823 ... 89bf_o.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3636/5822 ... 141c_o.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5277/5822 ... 33d7_o.jpg
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Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennisdubbin/sets/

Kristian Vetter, cover Valjean, Duisburg 99: http://www.kristian-vetter.de/kristian_ ... aljean.jpg

Deborah Dutcher as Cosette, Duisburg 96-97 and Antwerp 98:
http://little-lotthe.tumblr.com/post/12 ... as-cosette
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v235/ ... sburg4.jpg
http://www.reinkolpa.nl/images/eendag2.jpg
http://www.reinkolpa.nl/images/finale2.jpg

And lots n lots of OBC and Terrence Mann: http://scipwraec.livejournal.com/pics/c ... 564/249188

Includes the complete Newsweek article from 1987!

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Collage of stage props from the Duisburg production:

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Ticket of leave
Cloth from the prisoner costumes
Candle from the Bishop
Loaf of bread :D
Fork
Letter to Fantine from Mme Thenardier (Dear Fantine you must send us more money...)
Feather from the Lovely Ladies costume
Costume cloth, maybe from Fantine's skirt
Fantine's letter to Mme Thenardier
10 francs attached to letter
3x500 francs notes
Playing cards
Coin wallet Thenardier steals from one of his guests (contains coins, some very exotic and old)
Book, one of two that Marius holds in Paris 1832 (It's an old German one)
Marius letter to Cosette (Dearest Cosette, you have entered my soul...)
Marius ring (!!!)
White rose (can't remember from what scene)
Piece of cloth from Cosette's costume
Student flyer
Domino stone
Bullet casings
Gold button, maybe from THE VEST?
Blooded sling
Piece of the red flag
Cockade
Green leaves/ivy, used when the gates are the Rue Plumet gates
A strawberry and a fruit, from the wedding banket
White fine cloth, probably wedding too
Valjean's confession to Cosette

And a plate from MOTH, signed by Steffen Friedrich (Foreman/Brujon).

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