Les Miserables
Les Misérables

Book by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Produced by the Idaho Shakespeare Festival & Great Lakes Theater
July 2014
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Choreography by Gregory Daniels
Music Direction by Joel Mercier
Scenic Design by Jeff Herrmann
Costume Design by Esther Montgomery Haberlen
Lighting Design by Mary Jo Dondlinger

Reduced Orchestrations from 14 to 8 piece band:
Conductor/Keys 1, Keys 2, Reed 1 (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Reed 2 (Oboe, English Horn), Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, & Percussion

"Musical director Joel Mercier and his orchestra present a lush and well interpreted sound that highlights the action and supports rather than drowning out the singers.  The individual and choral singing is excellent." 
Arts America

"Of course, the music is the star of this piece, and the GLT company does itself proud in that regard. The eight-member orchestra under the baton of Joel Mercier performs in stellar fashion, supporting a cast full of talented singers."  The CleveScene

"Handling this workload in the Great Lakes Theater production, with marvelous results, was music director Joel Mercier and his small but stalwart orchestra. Together, they filled the Hanna Theatre with the rich, vibrant sound."  Cleveland Jewish News
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Winner of the 2014 Cleveland Critics Award for Best Music Director
Winner of the 2014 Abelman Award for Best Music Director
Promotional Radio Clips from Cleveland's "Sound of Applause" featuring Joel Mercier on Piano:
Winner of the 2014 BroadwayWorld.com Cleveland Award for Best Music Director