Musical selections from "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon" will come to life in a musical exposition with the Utah Symphony, the Utah Symphony Chorus, and several Broadway stars including Terrence Mann, who performed the role of Inspector Javert in Broadway's original cast of "Les Miserables."
The Utah Symphony and Utah Symphony Chorus, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen, will present this program, titled "Do You Hear the People Sing," featuring symphonic renditions of "Stars", "I Dreamed a Dream", "Bring Him Home," "The American Dream," and other selections by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg March 1-2 at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall.
These performances will also bring to light several original songs from some of Boublil and Schönberg's shows that were cut from the stage productions, as well as new arrangements of some well-known tunes.
Boublil and Schönberg will be in attendance, fresh off the heels of their run at the Oscars for the recently released film version of "Les Miserables."
"Les Miserables" is the world's longest running musical, with some of the most beloved music in the musical theater repertory. It has been known to move audiences through the written word, on the stage and most recently with its premiere on the silver screen. The story follows the interrelated lives of several characters living in post-revolutionary France, and the music displays their stories with an exquisite array of emotions.
The story and music of "Miss Saigon" is based on Puccini's popular opera "Madame Butterfly." The story follows a young American soldier in Vietnam who meets the young and beautiful Kim, a Vietnamese woman who falls madly in love with him. The story and music convey the tragic love story as Kim, in the end, makes the ultimate sacrifice to ensure her son has a good future in America.
The concert will feature other musical selections from "Miss Saigon" (based on Puccini's popular opera "Madame Butterfly"), "Martin Guerre", "La Revolution Francaise" and "The Pirate Queen."
Single tickets for the performances range from $29 to $85 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel hall ticket office (123 W. South temple) or by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. $15 rush tickets for anyone 30 or younger will be available on the date of the performance if the performance does not sell out in advance. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533- NOTE (6683). All ticket prices are subject to change and availability. Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.