If you want to go see "Les Miserables" at the Paper Mill Playhouse, you should get your tickets soon.
Tickets are moving quickly for the 25th anniversary production, which opens at the Millburn theater on Nov. 19. Paper Mill already has added 12 performances, which means the production will run through Dec. 30.
Shayne Miller, Paper Mill spokesman, said a few shows have already sold out and there is limited tickets available for many others.
"We're tracking ahead (in ticket sales) of any performance (in the last few years), including 'Little House on the Prairie' and 'High School Musical,'" he said. "It's our highest subscribed show of the season."
And the large number of ticket sales—both subscription and singles—come before the Paper Mill launches its advertising campaign, Miller said.
It's a high-profile production, he said, which producer Cameron Mackintosh has been planning for 25 years. To celebrate the 25th anniversary in London, "Les Miserables" was played at three different times in the city—the Original Production at the Queen's Theatre, the New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican and a celebratory concert at The O2. The O2 Concert will be presented in cinemas throughout the United States in November. Miller said the production at Paper Mill is the next step in the celebration in launching the U.S. tour, which will last two years and head to 30 states.
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, "Les Misérables" is a story about the survival of the human spirit. The score of "Les Misérables" includes the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and "Master Of The House."
Performances at the Paper Mill will be held Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 and 7 p.m., Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 and 7 p.m. The extension weeks have an alternate schedule.
So far the matinee shows are selling the most quickly, which is not unusual for Paper Mill, Miller said. He suggested the best times to get tickets are during Thanksgiving week and the 12 additional shows after Christmas. The Thanksgiving week shows have fewer subscription tickets, he said, and there are no subscriber tickets for the 12 additional performances.
"It's a new production, but it's also introducing a new generation to 'Les Miserables,'" Miller said of the new performance. "We tell people it's good for kids ages 10 and up, but it's really good for any age. It's an epic story, so it will keep anyone's attention."
Additionally, Miller said, the production should be a source of local pride. When it goes on tour, the billing will say the tour started at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. "We're exporting our art to the rest of the country," he said.
Plus it's something New Jersey residents can point to in the age of reality television shows that give the state negative press, he said. It'll be a positive that will give people a different impression of New Jersey, he said.