NU Grad Returns To Chicago In Iconic Musical

Lisa Fielding
July 11, 2019 - 1:59 pm
The company of LES MISÉRABLES performs “One Day More."

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For 33 years, "Les Misérables" has been a mainstay on the theater circuit.

"It's a classic that can be retold and can speak to so many audiences no matter the time," said Caitlin Finnie, Ensemble, Understudy, Cosette.

"It's a story about redemption and about love and those two ideas don't ever die in time."

Finnie lived in Evanston with her family and graduated from Northwestern University in 2016.

"I studied Opera and Musical Theater. I went to New York for a showcase and got an agent. My first paying gig was my senior year at Northwestern. I was in the ensemble of 'King and I' at the Lyric Opera," she said.

Finnie said she knew then that she would pursue Opera.

Caitlin Finnie, Ensemble, Understudy, Cosette
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"I was at a crossroads about whether to go to grad school for Opera or move to New York. I ended up moving. After about six months, I learned they were looking for an understudy for Cosette. I love Les Mis and I ended up booking it," she said.

Finnie said she was 12 when she was in the community theater version of the iconic show.

"It's operatic in its form and so unique. It's a huge show," she said.

(From L) Joshua Grosso as 'Marius,' Paige Smallwood as 'Éponine' and Jillian Butler as 'Cosette' in the new national tour of LES MISÉRABLES
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Back in Chicago for three weeks, she said she's excited to perform before a familiar audience.

"It's great to come back. I was here before on our first stop on the tour. I have some friends and family coming and it'll be so good to perform in this city and the audiences in Chicago are so amazing," Finnie said.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, "Les Misérables" tells the story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

(From L) Josh Davis as ‘Inspector Javert’ and Nick Cartell as ‘Jean Valjean’ in the new national tour of LES MISÉRABLES
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Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. "Les Misérables" is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 33rd year.

"Les Misérables" is at the Cadillac Palace Theater through July 27.