Wednesday, February 23

Marvelously miserable: Broadway staple Les 
Misérables is one reason to love the 
French. See Wednesday.
Carlos Somonte
Marvelously miserable: Broadway staple Les Misérables is one reason to love the French. See Wednesday.

"Serious" theatergoers may scoff at the juggernaut that is Les Misérables: It's too overdone, too grandiose, doesn't have enough songs by ABBA, etc. They say this, of course, knowing full well that they once dreamed of playing Cosette on Broadway, belted out "On My Own" regularly in the shower and own the original London and Broadway cast recordings. The poignantly tragic tale of personal redemption set against the backdrop of the French Revolution has spawned some 37,000 performances and grossed $1.8 billion worldwide. Succumb to the masses at 8 p.m. Through March 6. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For tickets and information, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. $20 to $69.

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