Less than a year after the Q-C premiere of the blockbuster Broadway musical "Les Miserables" this summer, Quad City Music Guild has scheduled it to open its 2014 summer season.|
The massive musical (with 55 stage roles) will be performed by Countryside Community Theatre in Eldridge for 10 performances starting the first weekend of July. The CCT version -- to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary -- stars Dave Arnold as Valjean, Brian Peterson as Javert, Christina Myatt as Fantine,Tracy Pelzer-Timm as Madame Thenardier,Elise Castro as Eponine, Kyle DeFauw as Marius andSydney Crumbleholme as Cosette.
"Les Miz" -- which hit the big screen this past holiday season -- debuted in London in 1985, and opened in New York in 1987, winning eight Tonys and running 16 years, now the fourth longest-running musical in Broadway history. The epic, three-hour tale of passion and destruction in 19th-century France also will be CCT's only show this summer.
Music Guild in 2014 is planning its standard three musicals for the summer (with "Les Miz" in June, plus one in spring and one between Thanksgiving and Christmas). The remaining shows for next year will be:
-- "Leader of the Pack" (spring): a 1985 jukebox musical of '60s doo-wop hits by Ellie Greenwich, including "Be My Baby," "Chapel of Love," "And Then He Kissed Me," "The Look of Love" and "Da Doo Ron Ron."
-- "Legally Blonde" (July): Done last summer at Circa '21, this 2007 Broadway show is based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend.
-- "Oklahoma" (Aug.): The 1943 Rodgers & Hammerstein classic (their first collaboration and considered the father of the modern American musical), "Oklahoma" was last done at Countryside in 2010 and most recently performed by Music Guild in 1998.
-- "Willy Wonka" (early Dec.): A stage adaptation of the timeless Roald Dahl story, this family musical features classic songs from the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
For more information on Music Guild, visit qcmusicguild.com.