Chuck Wagner is Valjean as ‘Les Mis’ Comes to Lipscomb

Russell and KitchingLipscomb University’s Departments of Theatre and Music will present the international smash hit musical Les Misérables Wednesday (Nov. 6)  through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Collins Alumni Auditorium. Lipscomb University’s production, its largest in years, features Broadway star and Middle Tennessee native Chuck Wagner as Jean Valjean.

A spectacle on Broadway and in London, Les Misérables is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has become a popular masterpiece. In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption even as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.

Lipscomb Theatre Chair Mike Fernandez is director of the production and Justin Boccitto, co-founder of the Group Theatre Too in New York, is serving as assistant director.

Tickets cost $15 for individuals, $10 for university faculty and $5 for students of any age. Tickets can be purchased through the Lipscomb Box office at 615.966.7077 or by clicking here.

Post-show talk-backs: Post-show talk-backs with the cast and crew will take place after each performance with a special focus on local high school students participating in Lipscomb’s Nashville High School Musical Awards program, church groups and students. A short “making of” video by Lipscomb’s film and creative media graduate program will precede the show.

About Chuck Wagner

Wagner, ChuckChuck Wagner is a professional actor, singer, director and historian with a passion for Broadway musicals. He was born in Nashville, raised in Hartsville and graduated from Gallatin High School. Wagner went on to star in many Broadway shows including Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, Dracula the Musical and Les Misérables, in which he played Javert. He has also performed in national touring productions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Into the Woods, Les Misérables and most recently Anything Goes.

Locally, he was seen as Horace Vandergelder in Studio Tenn’s 2010 production of Hello Dolly! He has also served as ringmaster for two national tours of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus; has appeared on “As the World Turns” and “All My Children;” and in his youth was known for his sci-fi TV character “Automan.”

Wagner will also serve as master of ceremonies and hold a master class for local high schoolers this spring at Lipscomb’s Nashville High School Musical Awards concluding workshop and banquet.


*Photos by Kristi Jones of  Tyler Russell (R) and Annelise Kitching (L) as Marius and Cosette and of Chuck Wagner as Jean Valjean courtesy Lipscomb University’s Departments of Theatre and Music.

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