GOP candidates line up to challenge Maffei

— The 24th Congressional District includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties and the western part of Oswego County. Its largest city is Syracuse.

Dadey has characterized the race against Maffei as a priority for 2014.

Maffei has run for Congress four times, winning during presidential election years 2008 and 2014 but losing in midterm elections 2006 and 2010. He failed to unseat incumbent Republican Congressman Jim Walsh in ’06 before soundly beating Dale Sweetland in 2008. Maffei was narrowly defeated by Anne Marie Buerkle in 2010 before reclaiming his seat from her in 2012.

GOP candidates begin passing petitions March 4.

Luminescent ‘Les Mis’

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.”

Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

This “Les Mis” is truly luminescent.

The bright lights begin with Henry Wilson as Jean Valjean, the unjustly imprisoned French peasant who earns his release after 19 grueling years to rise to a position of power in 1830 Paris. A gifted vocalist who shifts effortlessly from a full-bodied baritone to an ascending falsetto, Wilson does much of the show’s heavy-lifting, both literally and figuratively. The entire cast of 36 performers, however, remains in harmony throughout the three-hour performance of the operetta based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel.

The harmonious flow of this challenging all-sung script is a testament to Korrie Taylor’s talent for casting, pacing and blocking. There is nary a misstep anywhere in this “Les Mis.”

Taylor grew up on Old Liverpool Road, but now lives in B’ville with her husband, actor Josh Taylor, and their two kids, Trent and Tatum. A few other Liverpudlians contribute to this show, including music director Abel Searor, actor Liam Fitzpatrick, ensemble member Kate Crawford, and saxophonist Kelsey Wisner.

“Les Misérables,” continues at the First Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., in Baldwinsville, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 to 8. Tickets cost $25, $20 for students; 877-8465; baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org

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