Les Miserables visits the Tivoli Theater for the first time in over two decades
For the first time since 1997, Les Miserables is at the Tivoli Theater for eight shows. The Broadway show is one of the largest touring productions in the United States.
It takes two days and 11 trucks to build the set. Production Stage Manager Jack McLeod says crews work tirelessly to make sure it's absolutely perfect for audiences in every city.
"We have 82 people that travel just in our company and here in Chattanooga we brought in an extra 100 people workers to help us unload the show," said McLeod.
McLeod has been working with Les Mis for three years, but with 30 years of experience in the business, he runs a well-oiled machine.
"We don't have back-ups of anything. But we always maintain our show. Every detail, the costumes are constantly being resown, the sets are being repainted," said McLeod.
Asst. Stage Manager Joseph Heaton says this is exactly the same musical you would see right on Broadway.
"And it is exactly like you could pick it up from New York and set it into your own theater. That's like the magic of it," said Heaton.
So everything you see from costumes to the set is taken right from the Broadway show. The wigs used during the play cost a total of $1,000,000.
Including a newer feature to the production, the projection screen in the background. McLeod says that the projections they used give a nod to the original author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.
"We use Victor Hugo's actual artwork built in to be an extra layer of our set, they're subtle and they're in the background," said McLeod.
Heaton says it takes a lot of preparation.
"We advance each city, so that means that we know where the dressing rooms are going to be, if we're going to have make any changes to the production," said Heaton. "Sometimes we work in theaters where there is not a lot of space on certain sides of the stage and we have to change the way things are done backstage because the backstage choreography of a show is nearly as important as what you see on stage."
Tivoli General Manager Dave Holscher says for Chattanooga to keep bringing in major Broadway productions, ticket sales have to support it.
"Soon hopefully we're cueing up Wicked and Lion King and you kind of need to show the success of ticket sales in your market before those larger shows pay attention," said Holscher.
November 5th through 10th Tennessee Valley residents have the opportunity to see a worldwide classic, that has endured for 33 years, in the historic Tivoli theater.
"It's like a Broadway theater the seats are so close it's going to be really magical," said McLeod.