Eight Les Misérables Performances Added PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richie Akers   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:20
April 22nd, 2014 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For Immediate Release:  Due to unprecedented demand, eight performances were added to TCR's Les Misérables production schedule; one to benefit Cedar Rapids Washington High School "Patrons for the Performing Arts" group.

Scheduled to open on June 20th with a special Gala performance to celebrate the final production of TCR's blockbuster 80th season, the production will feature a cast of local talent who were among the 300 that auditioned for a chance to perform in the hit musical.

When asked what is most exciting about the prospect of adding so many performances, Artistic Director Leslie Charipar said, "It is outstanding to know so many people not only want to see Les Misérables, but are truly excited to see our unique production. Adding this many shows is a testament to the demand for big budget musicals in our community, just as it is a reminder that TCR consistently produces new or unique works to satisfy the spectrum of theatergoers in the Creative Corridor." 

To Charipar's point, an adult comedy play that is set to open on Friday April 25th in TCR's 90-seat Grandon Studio just added three performances to satisfy demand. The production of God of Carnage originally had eleven performances, but just recently increased that number when performances began to sell out.

When asked if adding so many performances is common, TCR Sales & Marketing Director Richie Akers said, "Earlier in the season, Studio productions of Jake's Women and For Colored Girls required added shows, just as the big musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar and Spamalot did. Five productions this season alone added performances to meet demand, but not quite on this scale. We anticipated a lot of people would want to see Les Misérables, but we haven't seen anything quite like it since we produced the musical Rent four years ago. We are all just thankful that we have the opportunity to tell our stories to more people than anticipated, and look forward to the many opportunities we'll have to repeat it in our next season."

Theatre Cedar Rapids is the first local organization in Iowa's Creative Corridor to produce the musical that first debuted on Broadway twenty-eight years ago. With nineteen scheduled performances open to the public, the production is expected to draw over 8,000 patrons during its six week run. Added performances with the best current availability are highlighted in red. Tickets for all performances can be purchased at www.theatrecr.org/onedaymore
  • Friday June 20th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday June 21st at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday June 26th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday June 27th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday June 28th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday June 29th at 2:30 pm
  • Thursday July 3rd at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 5th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 6th at 2:30 pm
  • Friday July 11th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 12th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 13th at 2:30 pm
  • Friday July 18th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 19th at 7:30 pm (Washington HS PPA benefit)
  • Sunday July 20th at 2:30 pm
  • Thursday July 24th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 25th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 26th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 27th at 2:30 pm


TCR's production of  Les Misérables is sponsored by Great America Financial Serivces, and part of the CRST Broadway Series. God of Carnage is sponsored by KDAT and part of the Grandon Series.

About Theatre Cedar Rapids
Among the region's largest and longest-operating community theatres, Theatre Cedar Rapids is located in the Iowa Theater Building in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Founded by regionalist artist Grant Wood, TCR is a nationally-recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit community theatre in its 80th season of quality local programs that reach more than 60,000 eastern Iowans of all ages.  Core goals of the organization center on the quality and accessibility of programs.  During the August to July season, the 12 full-time staff, part-time help and contract artists fill more than 3,000 volunteer placements and work together to create an ambitious lineup of musicals, comedies, dramas and classics in addition to providing theatre education programs. The mission of Theatre Cedar Rapids: "Together, we create the magic of live theatre."

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  • Over 60,000 patrons and participants last season
  • Founded by artists Grant Wood and Marvin Cone in 1925
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