Les Miserables Opens Theatre Aspen’s 30th Season

A 200-person tent seems an unlikely place for 90 different costumes, 27 wigs, 20 moving lights and 23 actors transforming into 70 different characters. But, it’s happening. Theatre Aspen opens the epic Broadway masterpiece, Les Miserables, on Tuesday, bringing the  larger-than-life musical to a small mountain town. Because Theatre Aspen celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer, organizers wanted a grand production to showcase the nonprofit’s accomplishments. The company’s theater recently underwent a multi-million dollar remodel, giving it a permanent home in Rio Grande Park–and a way to put on large-scale productions like Les Miserables. Les Miserables

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., and it runs on a varied schedule through Aug. 17. Tickets are $30/adult and $15/children. For more information, visit Theatre Aspen. The two-and-a-half-hour show tells the story of Jean Valjean, who is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. It’s one of the most popular musicals of all time, and is now a major motion picture.