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'Les Mis' breaks Aurora Theatre ticket sales record

If You Go

• What: “Les Miserables”

• When: Sold out until Aug. 14, runs through Sept. 8; dates and times vary

• Where: 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $20 to $40

• For more information: Visit auroratheatre.com

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two weeks ago the Aurora Theatre kicked off its 18th season with the Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

With a little more than five weeks left of the show, the venue has already surpassed its record for ticket sales.

“Our previous top seller ‘A Chorus Line’ sold a little over 7,000 tickets for the six-week run,” Aurora’s Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said. “Before we had even started our second week of performances for ‘Les Mis,’ we surpassed that amount and it just keeps climbing. We are sold out through Aug. 14 and the rest of the run is filling up fast.”

The story follows Jean Valjean (played by Bryant Smith), who is released from jail after 19 years but will never be a free man because of his past. He breaks parole with the help of a bishop (Shane Desmond-Williams) to start a new life.

Once Valjean is “on the loose,” police inspector Javert (Kevin Harry) hunts him down for the rest of his life, but the ex-con is a changed man. He vows to take care of a recently orphaned girl, Cosette (played by both Mabel Tyler and Christa Beth Campbell), whose mother Fantine (Natasha Drena) dies during a terribly poor time in France.

In addition to the main story, there is revolution in the air and the people are ready for change. Valjean joins others in a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Rodriguez believes the popularity of the story is one of several factors for the high ticket sales.

“Success is based on many factors. The title is very well known and the recent movie helped to create a new audience for this musical,” he said. “Moreover, we have an incredible crew that worked tirelessly to create an amazing theatrical experience. An epic and universal story told simply and passionately, in an intimate space has resonated with our audience.”

According to the Aurora’s Facebook page, purchasing tickets online is encouraged.

“The easiest way to get your ‘Les Mis’ tickets is online,” the site said Thursday afternoon. “Pick your date, pick your seats. You can easily compare seating on different dates. Give it a try.”

“Les Mis” is sold out through Aug. 14. There are no evening performances on Aug. 14, 21 and 28.