"Les Miserables" off The Alabama Shakespeare Festival Schedule

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has announced it is canceling its production of "Les Miserables" from its 2008-2009 schedule because of slumping ticket sales.

The regional theater in Montgomery made the move following projections that the current ASF show, "A Christmas Carol: The Musical," would only sell about 60 percent of its sales goal when it wraps December 24th.

"Les Misérables" was the biggest production in the upcoming lineup and would have cost the theater about 1.3 million dollars. Festival officials considered delaying the show until 2010 but were unable to obtain production rights for that year.

ASF had already been forced to make cutbacks and lay off workers because of the economic downturn. The theater's 9.6 million-dollar budget was reduced by more than 600,000 dollars this year.

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