The 25th anniversary tour at the Ahmanson Theatre between June 14 and July 31 saw an attendance total of 109,996, or 2,000 per performance, which was 97% of the Ahmanson's capacity for the 55-show run. The show grossed $176,121 per performance, a house record. "Les Miz" worked because it is one of the top-grossing musicals of all time (its original Broadway run lasted 16 years, ending in 2003) and has a huge built-in fan base. Douglas Baker, producing director of Center Theatre Group, felt L.A. audiences were primed for the anniversary tour. Among the attractions were new production elements, including a set design adapted from paintings by Victor Hugo, author of the classic 19th century novel on which the musical is based. Helping to prime the pump: In March, PBS began airing the "Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert" taped at London's O2 Arena.
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