Can you hear the people sing, singing the songs of angry men? It is the singing of a musical that will not be in town again — not for a while anyway. Les Miserables, which is travelling around the United States on its 25th Anniversary Tour, is playing at the Thousand Oaks Civil Arts Plaza for two more shows. Do not miss them. The trek out on the 101 is well worth it for this amazing production of Les Mis.
The breathtaking sets sprawl 20 feet into the air. The singing, acting, and dancing are spectacular and will transport you to France in the year 1815. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe, you’ll sigh. You’ll feel Fantine’s agony as actress Betsy Morgan belts out “I Dreamed A Dream.” (Although it’s still hard to beat Susan Boyle’s version for real-life triumph.) You’ll be overcome with anger at bureaucracy and injustice. The 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre, with its lovely fountain and stone walls, adds to the atmosphere and makes a perfect backdrop. Our advice: Before the film adaptation starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway hits screens in December, get tickets and take your date — or your family — to one of the two final shows.