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'Les Miserables' veterans take a breather island style

By Wayne Harada

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 01, 2013

~~<p>A Thenardier of &quot;Les Miserables&quot; was in our midst during Thanksgiving. Broadway actor Richard Vida and his partner, musical conductor Bob Billig, spent November chilling in the islands. Vida, who has a string of Broadway credits, portrayed the &quot;Master of the House,&quot; Thenardier, in the touring Broadway-bound, 25th-anniversary production of the newly re-imagined &quot;Les Miserables,&quot; which debuts March 23 at the Imperial Theatre in New York &hellip; but alas, he won't be doing the part then. Not yet, anyway. Billig, a veteran Broadway conductor who's helmed musicals here,also conducted &quot;Les Miz&quot; on the tour.</p>
<p>Over breakfast at Moena Cafe in Hawaii Kai, they both said &quot;Les Miz&quot; will be a hot ticket in New York despite some major production changes. &quot;There's no round table,&quot; Vida said of one of the trademarks of the show till now, and Billig said &quot;quite a bit of the music has been edited out,&quot; which doesn't diminish the appeal of the show. The new version employs the use of projections.</p>
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A Thenardier of "Les Miserables" was in our midst during Thanksgiving. Broadway actor Richard Vida and his partner, musical conductor Bob Billig, spent November chilling in the islands. Vida, who has a string of Broadway credits, portrayed the "Master of the House," Thenardier, in the touring Broadway-bound, 25th-anniversary production of the newly re-imagined "Les Miserables," which debuts March 23 at the Imperial Theatre in New York … but alas, he won't be doing the part then. Not yet, anyway. Billig, a veteran Broadway conductor who's helmed musicals here,also conducted "Les Miz" on the tour.

Over breakfast at Moena Cafe in Hawaii Kai, they both said "Les Miz" will be a hot ticket in New York despite some major production changes. "There's no round table," Vida said of one of the trademarks of the show till now, and Billig said "quite a bit of the music has been edited out," which doesn't diminish the appeal of the show. The new version employs the use of projections. Login for more...



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