So what if there's a movie version coming out at Christmas starring Hugh Jackman? The 25th-anniversary production of Les Misérables coming to Houston courtesy of Gexa Energy Broadway offers a chance to see live theater and hear the show's famous songs (''I Dreamed a Dream,'' ''Master of the House'' and ''One More Day'') without any auto-tuning. Broadway veteran Andrew Varela has switched roles for this version — on Broadway he played Jean Valjean, the man who spent 19 years in prison for stealing food; now he plays his nemesis, Inspector Javert, who has dedicated himself to locking Valjean in prison again.
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Even though 60 million people have seen this musical, Varela (who's been on national tour now for two years) says all the shows are selling out. ''From the very beginning you know that the show is different because they've reorchestrated it, they've relit this show. We have state-of-the-art high-definition projectors that take the back wall of the stage and turn it into another actor. For a show that's as epic as this one, the projectors allow you a cinematic quality that's never been done before.'' 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through November 11.
Nov. 6-11, 2012