Les Miserables – An Enduring Classic Broadway Musical

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Les Miserables
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Michael Vasaturo serves as New Haven Terminal, Inc. chief financial officer and guides a full range of port logistics activities. A Broadway enthusiast, Michael Vasaturo enjoys taking in shows such as Jekyll & Hyde and Les Misérables with his wife and family. First produced at the Barbican Theatre in London in 1985, the groundbreaking musical interpretation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the French Revolution proved an immediate hit.

Running for more than two decades in London and New York, as well as in numerous touring versions, Les Misérables defined the uplifting and epic musical with performances receiving standing ovations. In total, more than 65 million theater goers experienced the musical over the decades through nearly 3,000 productions spanning the globe.

In 2005, Les Misérables’ generation-defining reputation was cemented when it garnered more than 50 percent of the total votes in a BBC Radio 2 poll of the UK’s favorite musical. In recent years, it has continued to stay at the top of the public consciousness, through an unforgettable performance of I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle and a 25th anniversary two-show staging of the musical in 2010 before 30,000 fans at the O2 Arena.

Mike Vasaturo is also an avid Disney fan who enjoys traveling to Florida and Las Vegas with his family.


Interesting Facts About Victor Hugo and Les Miserables

Michael Vasaturo is the chief financial officer of New Haven Terminal in Connecticut. Having held this position since 2008, he handles all of the company’s financial business, from human resources and banking relations to risk management. In his free time, Michael “Mike” Vasaturo enjoys several books and plays, including Les Miserables.

Les Miserables focuses on the story of a man trying to survive during the political and social upheaval taking place in Paris, France during the 19th century. The novel was written by French author Victor Hugo, the author of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He began working on Les Miserables in the mid-1840s in private after taking a break from publishing following the deaths of his daughter and son-in-law. He fled France in 1851 and lived in Britain and Brussels until returning to the country in 1870. Most of the work published during this era, including Les Miserables, was written with strong social criticism and sarcasm.

Les Miserables was finally published in 1862 and has since become a huge success around the world. During the American Civil War, the novel was the most popular book among soldiers and it has been converted to a film and theatrical musical. To this day, Les Miserables remains one of the 19th century’s best-known literary works. However, the novel originally received largely negative reviews when it was first released. Critics noted various incongruities in the career of Jean Valjean and some regarded Hugo as a madman. Further, many felt that the main character’s actions went against the principles of truth and honor.