Eric Schaeffer, artistic director of Arlington, Virginia’s Signature Theatre, calls their current production of the mega-musical Les Misérables the first “environmental staging” of the show. New York-based scenic designer Walt Spangler uses the term “enveloping” to describe this first-ever mounting of the show in a black box theatre, one that seats 280 rather than the triple-digit capacity of theaters that have previously hosted the legendary Trevor Nunn/John Napier original with its famous ...
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