Les Miserables Wins 4 AriZoni Awards

arizoni-logoBig news here at the Arkansas Rep!

The Arizoni Theatre Awards were announced Monday (Sept. 15) and some of our staff and cast won for the Phoenix Theatre production of Les Miserables, which took the stage here last March during our 2013-2014 MainStage Season.

Congratulations to these winners:

*Rep staff/creative team or has performed here on The Rep Stage

The ariZoni Theatre Awards is a not-for-profit organization that promote the vitality of theatre in the Valley of the Sun and Maricopa County in Phoenix. Nominations were announced in July.

Les Miserables nabbed 9 previous ariZoni awards for its 2008 production at the Phoenix Theatre, including Best Musical.

Get more information about these awards here and check out the full list of winners here!

Les Miserables Nominated for 9 Arizoni Awards

arizoni-logo

Big news here at the Arkansas Rep!

The Arizoni Theatre Awards nominations were announced yesterday and some of our staff and cast received nine nominations for the Phoenix Theatre production of Les Miserables, which took the stage here last March during our 2013-2014 MainStage Season.

Here is the rundown of award nominations:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Set Design for a Musical – Mike Nichols
  • Best Hair and Makeup Design – Rafael Castanera & Robert Pickens
  • Best Property Design – Lynda Kwallek
  • Best Choreography – David Baker: Fight – Musical
  • Best Actor in a Major Role of a Musical – James Zannelli
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Elizabeth Brownlee
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Caleb Reese*
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Michael Sample*

*performed here on The Rep Stage

The ariZoni Theatre Awards is a not-for-profit organization that promote the vitality of theatre in the Valley of the Sun and Maricopa County in Phoenix.

Winners will be announced on Sept. 15. Get more information about these awards here.

Victor Hugo and Les Miserables

Author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Article written by Robert Neblett, Les Misérables Dramaturg

Victor Hugo (1802-85) was a French poet, novelist, and playwright. He is most commonly associated with the Romantic movement of literature and art in 19th century Europe. Romanticism rejected the scientific goals of the Industrial Revolution and idealized heightened emotion, dreams, nature, a belief in the supernatural, and the superior role of the imagination in the creation of art and literature. The Romantics often reached back into the distant past for inspiration and rejected rules, tradition, and conventions that governed “proper” forms of art, such as those mandated by the French Academy, an intellectual and cultural organization dedicated to formalizing French language and literature.

Victor was the son of a military officer and moved frequently, which allowed him to see much of France and Europe. The early years of his life were filled with political and personal turmoil. Shortly after he was born, Napoléon Bonaparte was named Emperor of France, and Hugo’s childhood was marked by a period of violent political upheaval throughout the country. He secretly married Adèle Foucher when he was 19 years old, and they had several children. When his daughter Léopoldine drowned in 1843, he was devastated.

In 1830, his play Hernani incited riots among its audiences. Prior to its performance, French playwrights were required to adhere to the Neoclassical unities of place, time, and action in their dramatic writing. These rules basically meant that a play’s action must occur in a single venue, take place over a span of time no longer than 24 hours, and must follow a single main plot with no subplots. Hernani defied all of these conventions when it premiered at the Comedie Française in Paris and caused public outrage. Historians have discovered that much of this outrage was manipulated and manufactured by both Hugo and his opponents, the riots becoming acts of theatre in themselves.

In 1841, Hugo became a member of the French Academy, hoping to change its traditional values from within. After several years of open criticism of political leaders in France, he left the country in a period of self-appointed exile from 1851-1870. While in exile in England, he wrote many of his most popular works, including Les Misérables.

When he returned to France in 1870, he was considered a national hero. He became active in politics during the final years of his life. When he died from pneumonia in 1885, over two million people attended his funeral. He was buried in the Panthéon, along with the leading thinkers of his time.

Other novels by Hugo include:

Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) – also known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The publication of Hugo’s novel would ultimately shame the civic leaders of Paris to restore the cathedral and renew an interest in medieval architecture throughout the city.

Quatre-vingt-treize (1874) – recounts the story of the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution.

Victor Hugo and Les Miserables

Author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Article written by Robert Neblett, Les Misérables Dramaturg

Victor Hugo (1802-85) was a French poet, novelist, and playwright. He is most commonly associated with the Romantic movement of literature and art in 19th century Europe. Romanticism rejected the scientific goals of the Industrial Revolution and idealized heightened emotion, dreams, nature, a belief in the supernatural, and the superior role of the imagination in the creation of art and literature. The Romantics often reached back into the distant past for inspiration and rejected rules, tradition, and conventions that governed “proper” forms of art, such as those mandated by the French Academy, an intellectual and cultural organization dedicated to formalizing French language and literature.

Victor was the son of a military officer and moved frequently, which allowed him to see much of France and Europe. The early years of his life were filled with political and personal turmoil. Shortly after he was born, Napoléon Bonaparte was named Emperor of France, and Hugo’s childhood was marked by a period of violent political upheaval throughout the country. He secretly married Adèle Foucher when he was 19 years old, and they had several children. When his daughter Léopoldine drowned in 1843, he was devastated.

In 1830, his play Hernani incited riots among its audiences. Prior to its performance, French playwrights were required to adhere to the Neoclassical unities of place, time, and action in their dramatic writing. These rules basically meant that a play’s action must occur in a single venue, take place over a span of time no longer than 24 hours, and must follow a single main plot with no subplots. Hernani defied all of these conventions when it premiered at the Comedie Française in Paris and caused public outrage. Historians have discovered that much of this outrage was manipulated and manufactured by both Hugo and his opponents, the riots becoming acts of theatre in themselves.

In 1841, Hugo became a member of the French Academy, hoping to change its traditional values from within. After several years of open criticism of political leaders in France, he left the country in a period of self-appointed exile from 1851-1870. While in exile in England, he wrote many of his most popular works, including Les Misérables.

When he returned to France in 1870, he was considered a national hero. He became active in politics during the final years of his life. When he died from pneumonia in 1885, over two million people attended his funeral. He was buried in the Panthéon, along with the leading thinkers of his time.

Other novels by Hugo include:

Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) – also known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The publication of Hugo’s novel would ultimately shame the civic leaders of Paris to restore the cathedral and renew an interest in medieval architecture throughout the city.

Quatre-vingt-treize (1874) – recounts the story of the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution.