BWW Exclusive: Les Miserables at The MUNY Summer 2013 Scrapbook!
It was theatre magic at its best: rain lightly came down on closing night as the entire cast of LES MISERABLES at The Muny belted out "The Epilogue" one more time. The audience lept to their feet as the final notes hung in the air. All week long, The Muny experienced a complete standing ovation before the curtain call began, something that Muny goers said hasn't happened in at least 35 years. The cast of LES MISERABLES experienced the audience's appreciation all week long and their final performance was no exception.
The cast and creative team was filled with both MIZ veterans as well as newbies that came together to create a truly amazing experience, one that no one who was in the show or had the opportunity to see, will ever forget. And now BroadwayWorld.com brings you an exclusive behind the scenes scrapbook from their experience!
The show, produced by The Muny's Executive Producer Mike Isaacson starred Broadway veterans Hugh Panaro and Norm Lewis who made their Muny debuts starring as Jean Valjean and Javert, alongside Michael McCormick as Thénardier. A thrilling group of five of the nation's finest up-and-coming university musical theatre students, who were personally selected by director Richard Jay-Alexander from the more than 1,500 performers who auditioned, joined these veterans. They were: Charlotte Maltby (University of Michigan) as Fantine, Alex Prakken (University of Michigan) as Marius, Bobby Conte Thornton (University of Michigan) as Enjolras, Katie Travis (Central Michigan University) as Cosette, and Lindsey Mader (University of Oklahoma) as Eponine. Rounding out the cast was Tiffany Green as Madame Thénardier, Lily McDonald as Young Eponine, Lilly Kanterman as Young Cosette, and Jimmy Coogan as Gavroche.
The full company included: Keith Allen, Duke Anderson JaLeesa Beavers, Dane Burk, Jimmy Coogan, Jerry Jay Cranford, Josh Daniel, Connor Deane, Julian Decker, Jennifer Diamond, Francesca Ferrari, Tiffany Green, Connor Hanlon, Haley Henderson, Monte J. Howell, Seth Hunt, Charlie Ingram, Lilly Kanterman, Gregory Kirsopp, Dorcus Leung, Norm Lewis, Joe Longthorne, Lindsey Mader, Johari Nadi Mackey, Charlotte Maltby, Lee Anne Mathews, Russell McCook, Michael McCormick, Lily McDonald, Kate McMillan, Hugh Panaro, Trevor Patton, Alex Prakken, Trevor St. John-Gilbert, Samantha Rey, Katie Sarno, April Strelinger, Reuben Thomas, Bobby Thornton, Katie Travis, Ryan Vasquaz.
The Muny production featured scenic design by Robert Mark Morgan, sound design by Jason Krueger, lighting design by Nathan Scheuer, video design by Rob Denton and costume design by Colleen Grady.Kevin Stites served as the musical director with Marybeth Abel as the associate director, and the production stage manager was Michael T. Clarkston.
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Les Miserables call board
Michael McCormick and Gregory Kirsopp staging "Master of the House"
Morning massage train
Francesca Ferrari with Lilly Kanterman (Young Cosette) and Lily McDonald (Young Eponine)
Jimmy Coogan (Gavroche) getting some rest during a long day
Bobby Conte Thornton leading the men in the ABC Cafe
Jerry Jay Cranford teaching the cast "The Wedding"
Richard Jay-Alexander sampling the famous frozen custard at Ted Drewes
Marybeth Abel making a supermarket run!
Hugh Panaro trying to make a call with the candlesticks
Duke Anderson practicing waving the flag for "One Day More"
Richard Jay-Alexander got famous Imo's Pizza delivered to rehearsal
The whole cast at toasting at Alex Prakken's house
Jimmy Coogan toasting at the pool party
The cake at the Alex Prakken's pool party
Russell McCook posing with the sleeping Johari Nadi Mackey
Jennifer Diamond sneaking up on the sleeping Johari Nadi Mackey
Hugh Panaro seeing if Johari Nadi Mackey is really sleeping.
Richard Jay-Alexander is quite confused by the sleeping Johari Nadi Mackey
Tiffany Green scaring the sleeing Johari Nadi Mackey.
Gregory Kirsopp having fun with the sleeping Johari Nadi Mackey
Keith Allen popping up behind the sleeping Johari Nadi Mackey
Even Sally wanted to pose behind the sleeping Johari Nadi Mackey
Bobby Conte Thornton finding his spot to die on the barricade
The boys of the ensemble during "sweat thru": Back row (left to right) Ryan Vasquez, Charlie Ingram and Russell McCook. Middle row: Duke Anderson, Josh Daniel, Julian Decker, Connor Deane, Monte J. Howell, Gregory Kirsopp and Trevor St. John-Gilbert. Front row: Keith Allen, Joe Longthorne, Dane Burk and Seth Hunt
Kevin Stites conducting the orchestra during "sweat thru"
Julian Decker and Monte J. Howell staying cool in the air conditioning
Opening night rainbow
Claude-Michel Schonberg's opening night letter to the company
Alain Boublil's opening night letter to the company
Opening night gifts to the cast from Richard Jay-Alexander
Lilly Kanterman signing autographs
Charlotte Maltby as a barricade boy
The Ladies backstage: Back row (left to right): April Strelinger, Samantha Rey, Kate McMillan, JaLeesa Beavers and Jennifer Diamond. Middle row: Haley Henderson, Francesca Ferrari, Dorcas Leung and Lee Anne Mathews. Front row: Johari Nadi Mackey and Katie Sarno.
Backstage quick change area aka the war zone!
Katie Travis loving her Cosette bonnet
No dirt at the wedding ladies! (Dorcas Leung, Kate McMillan and April Strelinger)
Norm Lewis eating some soul food at Sweetie Pie's
Dorcas Leung looks ready for Newsies!
Jerry Jay is off to Neverland!
Julian Decker and Hugh Panaro
Entire cast onstage closing night
Full Cast singing "One Day More"