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Legendary Les Miserables Returns for Final Seattle Engagement

Performances Selling Fast. Good Seats Still Available Weekdays.

Performances: May 24 - June 4, 2006
Press Tickets Available Upon Request Through Jennifer Rice: May 25, 2006 - 8:00 p.m.

SEATTLE - The world's most popular musical is Seattle's favorite, too! LES MISERABLES, the legendary award-winning musical, makes a triumphant return, for a seventh time, to its Seattle home at The 5th Avenue Theatre. For two weeks only, May 24 - June 4, 2006, the touring company will perform for this final Seattle engagement. Since its world premiere in 1985, The 5th Avenue Theatre has proudly served as the tour's exclusive home. More than 341,000 theater-goers have experienced the thrill of LES MISERABLES during its 169 Seattle performances. Presented by Cameron Mackintosh, LES MISERABLES is a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.

Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, LES MISERABLES is an epic saga that sweeps through three turbulent decades of 19th century France. Full of romance, passion, suspense and humanity, it is also the story of one man, the fugitive Jean Valjean, who is pitted against the cruel and self-righteous Inspector Javert in a lifelong struggle to evade capture. LES MISERABLES is the winner of over 50 international theater awards, including eight 1987 Tony Awards. The Broadway production ended its 16-year run on May 18, 2003 and is the second-longest running show in Broadway history. This National Tour is the only production of LES MISERABLES currently in the United States.

The $4.2 million production coming to Seattle replicates the Broadway production in its entirety, and has set numerous attendance records across the country. It comes to town with the trademark 34-foot turntable, two barricades that weigh over 12,000 pounds, more than 1,000 costume pieces, five fog machines, 422 lighting instruments, 18 orchestra members and 36 cast members. Seen by over 50 million people worldwide, LES MISERABLES is one of the most successful musicals in theater history.

Written by Boublil and Schonberg, LES MISERABLES was adapted from French by Herbert Kretzmer, and has additional material by James Fenton. Co-directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird first brought it to life at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Barbican Theatre in London. The designers are John Napier (sets), Andreane Neofitou (costumes) and David Hersey (lighting).

Tickets range in price from $19-$75. They can be purchased over the phone through Ticketmaster at (206) 292-ARTS (2787), online at, or in person at The 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office in downtown Seattle. There are no service charges when purchasing tickets in person at The 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office. Tickets for groups of 20 are available now,ยจ›call 206-625-1418 for more information.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is Seattle's premier musical theater showplace. The 2005-2006 Season marks the 25th anniversary of the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre which, in 1980, began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community. The 5th Avenue Theatre maintains a subscription audience of 24,000 and an annual attendance of 200,000 - 300,000. It ranks among the nation's largest and most respected musical theater companies. The theater is committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its Educational Outreach Program which includes: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Student Matinee Program and Spotlight Nights. Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, the exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. Today, under the leadership of Managing Director Marilynn Sheldon and Producing Artistic Director David Armstrong, The 5th Avenue Theatre continues to achieve the highest standards in all aspects of artistic endeavors and facility operations, while preserving its artistic, architectural and historic legacy. Audi Dealers of the Puget Sound region are the official automobile sponsor of The 5th Avenue Theatre's 2005-2006 Season. LES MISERABLES is a SEASON EXTRA and The 5th Avenue Theatre concludes its 2005-2006 Season with PIPPIN, May 2 - 21, 2006.

Please contact Jennifer Rice, Public Relations Manager, at 206-625-1418 with press questions or to schedule individual interviews.