Much time has gone by since Victor Hugo wrote “Les Misérables.”

Now this week in Columbia, the U.S. Tour of what has become the world’s longest-running musical will be taking over the The Ira & Nancy Koger Center for the Arts’ stage.

The touring company will perform Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45, $55 and $65.

Currently, the musical has tours in London, Japan, Korea, Australia and Spain. It will be returning back to the Broadway spotlight, namely to the Shubert Theatre, in March 2014.

Hugo’s story follows a man by the name of Jean Valjean, a man enslaved and imprisoned for several years who is released but then breaks parole. Though he forms the new identity of Monsieur Madeleine, the mayor of and a factory owner in a small French town, his past never leaves him. He falls under suspicion of officer Javert, as he comes into ownership of the child of Fantine, his former factory employee. Now, Valjean must run from the law and protect his newly claimed daughter Cosette, all in the midst of the wakings of the French Revolution.

Last year, Valjean’s struggle was brought to the big screens with director Tom Hooper’s film award-winning feature, with Hugh Jackman starring as Valjean. Russell Crowe co-starred at Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Amanda Seyfried as the older Cosette.

The Koger Center is located at the University of South Carolina, 1051 Greene St.

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