Fort Lauderdale resident Joshua Grosso considers people students of life, like the character he plays in the Broadway classic, “Les Miserablés.”
Grosso returns to South Florida as Marius, a role he has been playing for more than two years. Marius is one of the Revolutionaries at the ABC Cafe. Marius has two ideologies: one is to love Cosette and the other to be a soldier. He knows he has to uphold his ideologies but that leads him to almost sacrificing his life. Along the way he makes many mistakes, and his actions have consequences.
“We are all constantly making choices. Marius is a guy trying to find a way of life, always trying to define how he should live it,” said Grosso. And sometimes he makes the wrong choices.
“That’s why you get frustrated. He’s constantly shifting – back and forth,” Grosso said.
Grosso, who is only 25, has travelled all over the country with the cast playing the role of Marius. He is on stage more than Jean Valjean.
“Les Miserablés” opened Tuesday night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts direct from a celebrated two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement. The show closes Oct. 20.
Born in Columbia, Grosso grew up in South Florida and attended Tropical Elementary and American Heritage High School. Grosso started singing in church. But his path to “Les Misérables started when he entered and won a Christian competition. Part of the prize package was a voice teacher. Later he auditioned to attend American Heritage and was accepted.
I didn’t consider myself a planner,” said Grosso. “I have been in the right place at the right time. My family has given me the push to go forward and [singing] was all I knew.”
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, performers in “Les Miserablés” tell a tale of “broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.”
This production of Les “Les Miserablés” has new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.
Director Cameron Mackintosh said, “I’m delighted that after a four-year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”
Expect to hear favorites such as “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.
Les Miserablés” is the world’s longest running musical now in its 35th year in London. Produced on screen also by Mackintosh (along with Working Title and Universal), Les Miserablés” is said to be the most successful movie of an original stage musical.
Tickets for Les Miserablés” are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, browardcenter.org or by calling 954-462-0222. Ticket prices start at $40.50.