Les Miserables (Not That One) at Mesa's New Silver Star Playhouse

The setup: There's a lot of backstory here. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre went out of business last year, and a venerable, family-friendly Salt Lake City (well, Murray) company, Desert Star Playhouse, took over the cavernous space at Brown and Higley roads to launch a metro Phoenix branch of their silly, fast-casual-dining-optional live stage and screen parodies: Legally Brunette, My Big Fat Utah Wedding (the longest-running play in the state's history), Kicking the Hobbit: Bored of the Rings -- you get the idea. Silver Star Playhouse's inaugural production, A Christmas Carol Part 2: A Dickens of a Christmas, opened in November 2012.

Les Miserables, described as "a revolutionary comedy," is the local troupe's second show, and it runs another week and a half it's been extended through Saturday, March 2. Butch Cassidy & the SunBurnt Kid takes the stage Thursday, March 14.

See also: - Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Becomes a Play from Desert Rose Theatre - Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps Is Gut-Busting Farce from Arizona Theatre Company - Head: The Musical is Pure, Horrifying Joy at Soul Invictus

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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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