Bravo for 'Les Miserables'


Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 11:10 p.m.

Saturday we watched an astonishing performance that thrilled all of those in attendance. The principal players performed with the passion and panache of Al Horford and Joakim Noah yet we were not at the National Basketball Association tryouts or any sporting event.

And, although every aspect of what we witnessed was of professional quality, almost all of those entertaining us were amateurs, but only in the legal sense.

What we had the privilege of attending was the P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center production of "Les Miserables." And, we are writing to encourage as many of your readers as possible to get tickets for this week's final offerings. You will be astonished by the bravura performances. The leads were brilliant and it may not be long before Broadway beckons some of them.

The sets, including a revolving stage, rivaled those of productions we have seen on the Great White Way and the orchestra, comprised mostly of musical students from UF, was simply superb.

Bravo to the director, Sherwin Mackintosh, and all of those responsible for this production that marks the culmination of one year of intense preparation. We applaud all of your efforts. We only regret that there will be so few opportunities for others to marvel at what you have achieved. Les Mis was magnifique and mesmerizing!

Barb and Steve Landay,

Gainesville

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