Monologist Mike Daisey in How Theatre Failed America
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Grand and uplifting, Les Miserables is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit and one of the most popular musicals of all time. This tale of passion and revolution in 19th-century France won seven Tony Awards on Broadway and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film. Drury Lane kicks off its 30th anniversary season with this sweeping tale of romance, passion, suspense and redemption set against the stormy backdrop of the French Revolution. You'll be immersed in the tale of ex-convict Jean Valjean's struggle for redemption while trying to outrun the determined police inspector Javert, and the innocent love of his adopted daughter Cosette for the revolutionary and student, Marius. It's a celebration of the human struggle for justice and happiness in the face of hardship, carried forward on a gorgeous score, including the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear the People Sing?" and more. Learn More
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Featured review from Norman S.
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A very entertaining,wide ranging,hilarious,utterly
engaging monlogue of a long life(though he's only 35) in the theater and the intrigues and wrong priorities that plague it and its practitioners in 21st Century US. Daisey is not only a brilliant performer but one who has thought deeply about his craft,his fellow actors/Crew/administrators and the audience and seeks to move American theater to
save itself by going back to emphasizing art rather
than making real estate,blandly/mechanically filling subscription slots,pleasing various corporate entities and survival in the narrowest sense at the cost of making art. A must see and hear.Can't wait for
his other show this week,THE LAST CARGO CULT.
In How Theater Failed America directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, Daisey sinks his razor-sharp wit into a subject he knows well: the American theater, from the sublimely crass to the genuinely ugly. From gorgeous new theaters standing empty as cathedrals, to “successful” working actors traveling like migrant farmhands, to an arts culture unwilling to speak or listen to its own nation, Daisey takes stock of the dystopian state of theater in America: a shrinking world with smaller audiences every year. Fearlessly implicating himself and the system he works within, Daisey seeks answers to essential and dangerous questions about the art we’re making, the legacy we leave the future, and who it is we believe we’re speaking to.