Fourteen days more.
In two weeks, Fresno Grand Opera will open its most ambitious production yet: a local production of "Les Miserables" that the company hopes will rival the recent national tour in scale and vocal quality. With sets designed for the national tour and cutting-edge projections to match, the $750,000 production features cast members from Broadway and the tour as principals — including two who will go on to the ensemble of the new Broadway revival opening in March.
To mark the road to the Saroyan Theatre, where "Les Miserables" opens Jan. 17 for a four-performance run, The Bee, on its entertainment blog the Beehive, is running a special blog series offering a behind-the-scenes view of the production. Valerie Salcedo and Patrick Brancato (above), both members of the ensemble, along with Bee arts writer Donald Munro, will offer daily updates that include photos, videos and observations from members of the creative team, cast and crew.
The series begins today with an overview of the production and an introduction to Salcedo and Brancato. You can find it on fresnobeehive.com.
— The Fresno Bee