ExitLeft Productions is proud to announce that it is presenting a new production of the musical phenomenon LES MISÉRABLES at the Playhouse Theatre from January11 to February 3, 2019.
This will be the second time that ExitLeft has staged the show and our aim is to create an experience that is truely extraordinary for the audience and the performers.
How will we do that, you ask?
The first step is to transform the Playhouse Theatre. An innovative set design that will create the feeling of being a part of the story combined with an altered seating plan that will give every seat even better viewing.
The second step is a collaboration with leading Australian theatre director Chris Parker. Chris has just finished directing OKLAHOMA for the Production company and we are so thrilled that we get to work with someone of Chris’ experience to lead, mentor and inspire us all.
Chris has collaborated with ExitLeft before, playing the role of Captain Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC in 2012 and providing a week of his directorial expertise to the cast of LEGALLY BLONDE in 2014.
Chris began his career as an actor performing in musicals such as ‘Sky’ Mamma Mia (Littlestar), ‘Johnny Slocum’ Summer Rain (Sydney Theatre Company), ‘Bobby Childs’ Crazy For You (The Production Company) and ‘Alec’ for the World Premiere of the Helpmann Award winning musical Sideshow Alley.
As Director, his credits include: Oklahoma (The Production Company), Miss Saigon (GPAC), Blood Brothers (Manilla Street Productions), The Gathering (45 Downstairs), Oklahoma (Arts Academy), My Fair Lady (GPAC), Ordinary Days (Revolt Art Space),Songs for a New World (Chapel off Chapel), Happy People (Chapel off Chapel), Sondheim on Sondheim (Melbourne Recital Centre), Blood Brothers (Manilla Street Productions), The Last Five Years (45 Downstairs) and Paul Sirett’s play Bad Blood Blues (Chapel off Chapel) – nominated for four Green Room Awards, including Best Production and Best Direction. In 2012 Chris’ original staging of Les Misérables (GPAC) won awards for Best Production and Best Direction. Chris’ staging of Mathew Robinson’s musical Atlantis (Chapel off Chapel) won Best Concert Presentation at the 2014 Pro Choice Awards. Chris is the Creative Director of Twisted Broadway which last year raised over $120,000 for Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights Aids. He is also the newly appointed Artistic Director of The Classics: Broadway concert series.
Chris was the Resident Director for the Australian productions of Avenue Q, The Graduate, Moonshadow – a musical by Yusuf, Georgy Girl – the Seekers musical, The Bodyguard and Geoffrey Robertson’s Dreaming Too Loud Australian tour.
Chris is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.