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April 08, 2004|By J. Wynn Rousuck

`Les Miserables' at Hippodrome

Sixteen years on Broadway (where it closed last year); 18 and counting on London's West End; a worldwide audience of more than 50 million and global receipts topping $1.8 billion. Those are among the statistics accrued by Les Miserables, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel. And here's a new local stat -- after six engagements at the Mechanic Theatre, the Tony Award-winning musical will play its first engagement at the Hippodrome Theatre, beginning Tuesday.

The touring company coming here for a two-week run stars Randal Keith as fugitive Jean Valjean, a role he played in the show's final Broadway cast. Valjean's pursuer, Inspector Javert, will be played by Stephen Tewksbury, who previously portrayed the rebel leader Enjolras on tour.

Show times at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, through April 25. Tickets are $29-$71.50. For more information call 410-481-SEAT.

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