Do You Hear the People Sing? Welcome the Company of LES MISERABLES for the Show's Broadway Return!
Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISERABLES begins previews on Broadway tomorrow, Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night for LES MISERABLES is Sunday, March 23. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast, plus watch a video of the company in rehearsal!
The cast of the new LES MIZ features Ramin Karimloo (West End and Toronto star of LES MISERABLES, and The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies in London) as Jean Valjean; Will Swenson (Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway's Hair and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Javert;Caissie Levy (West End and Broadway star of Ghost and Hair and Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked) as Fantine; Nikki M. James (Tony Award winner for The Book of Mormon) as Eponine; Andy Mientus (who captured the hearts of TV viewers with his portrayal of Kyle Bishop on the NBC series "Smash") as Marius; Samantha Hill (Christine in The Phantom of the Opera) as Cosette; acclaimed Canadian actor Cliff Saunders (The 39 Steps) as Thenardier; Tony Award-nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody) as Madame Thenardier and Kyle Scatliffe (the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys) as the revolutionary Enjolras.
The LES MIZ ensemble includes Erin Clemons, Joshua Colley, Emily Cramer, Natalie Charle Ellis, Jason Forbach,Heidi Giberson, Nathaniel Hackmann, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Andrew Kober, Gaten Matarazzo, Chris McCarrell,Melissa Mitchell, Dennis Moench, Adam Monley, Betsy Morgan, Angeli Negron, Melissa O'Neil, Max Quinlan, John Rapson, Terance Reddick, Arbender Robinson, Christianne Tisdale, Mckayla Twiggs and Aaron Walpole. The swings are Cathryn Basile, John Brink, Ben Gunderson, Weston Wells Olson and Rachel Rincoine.
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, LES MISERABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score includes the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and many more.
Ramin Karimloo is currently starring to great acclaim as "Valjean" in the Toronto production of Les Miserables, a role he also played in London's West End, where he also received the Theatregoers' Choice Award for his performance. In London, he also performed as "The Phantom" in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as the show's 25th Anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall. He was personally selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play "The Phantom" in the London world premiere of the show's sequel,Love Never Dies, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical. His association with Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera also includes having played "Enjolras" and "Raoul," respectively, in the West End productions of each show. He was also honored to have performed the role of "Enjolras" in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena in London. He also performed in the U.K national tours of Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. He has toured extensively performing his own special genre of music, Broadgrass. His solo album Human Heart is available from Sony Records. Ramin is Iranian-born and was raised in Canada.
Will Swenson is currently starring in the new musical Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre and was most recently was seen in the Manhattan Theatre Club hitMurder Ballad. Broadway/West End: Hair (Drama Desk, Tony nominations). Broadway: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Drama League Nomination), 110 in the Shade, Lestat and Brooklyn: the Musical. Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Adrift in Macao, The Slugbearers of Kayrol Island and Camelot with the New York Philharmonic. Tours: Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and Fame! Film and Television:Gods Behaving Badly, The Switch and the upcoming This is Where I Leave You, The Good Wife, Law & Order, 6 Degrees. Will is also a filmmaker. His first film Sons of Provo about a clueless Mormon boy band, which he directed, co-wrote and starred in, won several film festivals.
Caissie Levy most recently starred as "Sara" in the off-Broadway production of Murder Ballad. Other credits include originating the role of Molly in the Broadway and West End productions ofGhost The Musical, "Sheila" in the Tony Award®-winning Broadway and West End productions of Hair, "Elphaba" in the Los Angeles and Broadway productions of Wicked, "Penny" in the Broadway, 1st national tour and Toronto productions of Hairspray, and "Maureen" in the national tour of Rent. Selected recordings include the original London cast recording of Ghost The Musical, the Grammy nominated Broadway revival cast recording of Hair and her debut EP, With You, featuring stripped down arrangements of songs from her Broadway shows, available on iTunes, CDBaby and at caissielevy.com.
NIKKI M. JAMES
Nikki M. James originated the role of "Nabalungi" in the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, for which she received the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include All Shook Up and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Additional theater credits includeRomeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra opposite Christopher Plummer at Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse, Bernarda Alba at Lincoln Center, House of Flowers at Encores! and Walmartopia. Nikki's theater workshops include "Lizzie" in Baby(Papermill/NJPAC) and Beehive on Broadway. She appeared at New York Theater Workshop in the limited engagement of Fetch Clay, Make Man. She recently performed a one woman cabaret show to a sold out audience at 54 Below. She recently wrapped filming the movie Lucky Stiff, co-starring Jason Alexander. Nikki will also appear in the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. Nikki has appeared in a variety of TV shows such as 30 Rock, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch and The Jury.
From Winnipeg, Canada, Samantha joins Les Miserables direct from the recent hit Toronto production. Prior to that, she made her Broadway debut as "Christine Daaé" in The Phantom of the Opera as part of the show's year-long 25th Anniversary celebration. Other shows in her native Canada include: August: Osage County (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions);Spring Awakening (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); Annie, Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow Stage); Nine(Dry Cold Productions); andChicago (Mayfield Theatre). Samantha received a 2012 Ovation Award nomination for her work in The Light in the Piazza in Vancouver, British Columbia. Samantha was also a part of the 2013 Tony Awards, performing with Phantom. She completed her BFA in Acting at the University of Alberta and has a BA in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg.
Andy Mientus will be making his Broadway debut in Les Miserables. A Pittsburgh native, he toured the country in the first national tour of Spring Awakeningand appeared in MCC Theater's production of Carrie. On television, he was a series regular on the NBC musical drama Smash, and this season has recurring roles on both the FX comedy Anger Management and the ABC Family drama Chasing Life.
Cliff Saunders has received critical acclaim for his current portrayal of "Thenardier" in the Toronto production of LES MISÉABLES. On Broadway he co-starred in the critically-acclaimed, Tony Award®-nominated hit The 39 Steps(Roundabout Theatre, Cort Theatre and Huntington Theatre in Boston) (IRNE Award -Best Supporting Actor). Other theater credits include - Spamalot (Citadel Theatre), The Real World? (Tarragon), Lord of the Rings, Beauty and The Beast (Princess of Wales Theatre), two seasons at the Stratford Festival, as well as working at Soulpepper, Canstage, Elgin, Winter Garden, The Grand, Aquarius, Royal Alexandra, YPT, Crows Videocab, Blythe and many more. Film and TV credits include - Louis Cyr,Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Cracked, Outlander, Please Kill Mr Know It All, Roxy Hunter, Open Range, Midwives, Joan of Arc, Monk and Ron James Show, to name just a few.
Keala Settle received a 2013 Tony Award nomination for her performance in Hands On A Hardbody on Broadway. Her portrayal of "Norma Valverde" also garnered her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations and a Theatre World Award. Other Broadway/New York: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Violet (Encores). National Tours: South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad). She is currently appearing as the "Fortune Teller" in Side Show at the La Jolla Playhouse and recently played the "Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Ogunquit Playhouse. Television: The Big C.
Kyle Scatliffe was born in Washington, D.C. and trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY. His theater credits include Ragtime(Zach Theatre), Oklahoma (5th Avenue Theatre), A Christmas Carol: The Concert (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/PBS), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and "Haywood Patterson" in the London premiere of The Scottsboro Boys.
Previous Broadway credits: Newsies ("Les"), 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Miserables ("Gavroche"), Nickelodeon's animated television series Peter Rabbit ("Pig Robinson"). Joshua would like to thank his parents, his twin brother Cameron and CESD talent for all their support.
Gaten is overjoyed to return to Broadway! Credits: Broadway:Priscilla of the Desert, Godspellcast of 2032. Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, LEW MISÉRABLES ("Gavroche"). Thanks to Parkside Talent, Carson Kolker, Tara Rubin Casting, Mom, Dad, Sabrina, Carmen, family and friends.
Little Cosette/Young Éponine
Angeli is honored to make her Broadway debut. Thanks to Lisa Calli, Eddie/Take 3 Talent, Justin Reamy, coaches and teachers. Special thanks to parents, grandparents, family, friends and my big sister, Alena, for your love, support and encouragement.
Little Cosette/Young Éponine
Broadway: Once (original cast, "Ivanka"). Film: Winter's Tale(Warner Brothers, "Little Willa"). TV: Orange Is the New Black. Special thanks to Tara Rubin and LES MIZ creative team, Ellen and Rachel at Paradigm and my teachers. Much love and thanks to my incredible family and friends.
Broadway: The Little Mermaid ("Arista," original Broadway cast),. . . Spelling Bee (u/s "Marcy/Rona"). New York: Henry Sweet Henry (York Theatre). National tours: LES MISERABLES (u/s "Cosette"), Mamma Mia! (u/s "Sophie"). Regional: Footloose("Rusty"), Guys and Dolls, Annie(MUNY). BFA, University of Michigan.
Credits: LES MISERABLES (Ensemble, U.S. Tour), The Transiberian Orchestra, The Music Man (Ensemble, The Bushnell/Hartford), West Side Story ("Tony," The Bushnell/Hartford), Life on the Mississippi ("Henry," Goodspeed Opera House). Hartt School grad. Hails from the great state of Minnesota.
Ensemble, u/s Éponine
Broadway debut! National tour: LES MISERABLES. Regional: Music Theatre of Wichita, OKC Repertory Theatre. UCO alum. Thanks to LES MIZ team, Tara Rubin Casting and Harden-Curtis. Love to God, family and Collin. For my Dad and Mom!
Old Woman, u/s Madame Thénardier
This is the dream. BFA: NYU Tisch. Broadway: Mary Poppins. Tours: Shrek the Musical (1st national), Mary Poppins (2nd national). Infinite gratitude to Tara Rubin Casting, Nicolosi & Co. and to our brilliant creative team. For Linda and John. Asheghetam.
NATALIE CHARLE ELLIS
Wigmaker, u/s Factory Girl
Broadway debut! "Ahhhhhhh!" Favorite credits: Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! (Off-Broadway); 9 to 5 The Musical(national tour); Hello, Dolly! (Cape Playhouse); Lizzie, a Musical(TUTS). So much love to my family, The Mine and the LES MIZ gang!
Feuilly, u/s Enjolras
Broadway debut! National tour: 25th Anniversary LES MIZ ("Enjolras"), Phantom (Vegas). Off-Broadway: Music Teacher (New Group), A.W.O.L. (59e59). Regional: Paper Mill, SMC, Kennedy Center, North Shore, Carnegie Hall. Three albums on iTunes. For my family, Joe.
Ensemble, u/s Cosette
Broadway: Cinderella ("Ella" u/s, original cast). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks. Tours: The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats. Thanks to friends and family for all your support especially Mom, Dad, Laura, Kyle and the Freybles.
Swing, Dance & Fight Captain, u/s Bamatabois, u/s Grantaire
Broadway debut. LES MISERABLES (North American Tour and Toronto Company). Regional: Fiddler on the Roof(Engeman), Cabaret (Coastal Carolina), West Side Story(Ravinia). New York: The Hidden Sky (Prospect). Love to Lilly, Ollie and Claire!
Constable, Foreman, Courfeyrac, u/s Jean Valjean, u/s Javert
National tour: Beauty & the Beast ("Gaston"), LES MISERABLES ("Valjean" u/s). Regional: Sweeney Todd ("Anthony"), A Funny Thing . . . ("Miles"), Oklahoma! ("Curly"),Ragtime ("Tateh"). Opera: Barbiere, Zauberflöte, Bohème. Love and thanks: God, Tucker, Sheldon, Puzzle Piece, Alek.
MIA SINCLAIR JENNESS
Ensemble, u/s Little Cosette, u/s Young Éponine
Broadway debut! Age 8. Recent:The Sound of Music: Live! (NBC), LES MISERABLES (national tour). Mia loves reading, unicorns and beating all the boys in races. Love to Mom, Brady, Grandma, Papa Mike, Adrienne, CESD and everyone at Les Miz.
Innkeeper, Babet, u/s Factory Foreman, u/s Bamatabois
Broadway/West End: Hair. National Tour: Spelling Bee. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, Barrington Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Gateway Playhouse. TV:House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, Pan Am. Film: Chin Up, Keeping Them Blind. For Farra.
Laborer, Fauchelevent, Joly, u/s Marius
Broadway debut. Regional theatre: Bubble Boy ("Bubble Boy"),Summer of '42 ("Hermie"), Next to Normal ("Gabe"), Sweeney Todd("Anthony"), Pippin ("Lewis"). Proud Baldwin Wallace graduate. Love to Mom, Dad, CP, Vicky and Czarnota. Special thanks to Stone Manners Salners.
Ensemble, u/s Cosette
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway:Giant (Public Theater). Regional:Beauty & the Beast ("Belle"),Camelot ("Guenevere"). Film:Anger Management, Holes. B.A. Psychology, UCLA, cum laude. Endless gratitude to creatives, casting, KMR and wonderful family and friends! Soli Deo Gloria! Prov. 3:5-6.
Farmer, Claquesous, u/s Thénardier, u/s Grantaire
Dennis was last seen on Broadway as "Robertson Ay" inMary Poppins. National Tours:Mary Poppins ("Rob. Ay"), All Shook Up ("Dennis"). Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz("Abraham"), Fame ("Schlomo"). BFA from NYU/Tisch. Much love to Mom & Bruce, Dad and Eric.
Bishop of Digne, Combeferre, u/s Javert
Thank you, Mom and Dad. Broadway: Mamma Mia! (original cast). Tours: Deaf West's Big River ("Mark Twain"/voice of "Huck"), Phantom ("Raoul"). Recent Regional: Getting' the Band Back Together ("Sully," George Street Playhouse). TV:Medium, Bluebloods. CCM and Oxford University. For Paige and Hank.
Factory Girl, u/s Fantine
Broadway/Off-Broadway (original casts): A Little Night Music(revival), The Little Mermaid, High Fidelity, The Fantasticks (revival),Bernarda Alba (LCT). Originated the roles of "Fantine" in the 25th Anniversary tour of LES MISERABLES, "Leslie" in LaChuisa's Giant, "Kate" in Found, among others.
Ensemble, u/s Fantine, u/s Éponine
Melissa returns to New York after making her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. She was most recently seen as "Éponine" in the Toronto production of LES MISERABLES.
WESTON WELLS OLSON
Broadway debut. New York:Camelot (Lincoln Center), Where's Charley? (Encores!). Touring: LES MIZ 25th Anniversary. Regional:Sweeney Todd (Geva Theater), LES MIZ (Hollywood Bowl, North Shore). Readings: Tuck Everlasting. BM, Chapman University; MM, Boston Conservatory. All my love to family and friends!
Jean Prouvaire, u/s Enjolras
Broadway debut! National tours: LES MISERABLES ("Marius," BWW Award), Ragtime. Off-Broadway: York Theatre. Regional: The Light in the Piazza ("Fabrizio," Jeff Award), Jesus Christ Superstar("Jesus," BWW Award), Ragtime ("Younger Brother"), Joseph . . .("Joseph"). For Siri, family and friends!
Bamatabois, Grantaire, Major Domo, u/s Thénardier, u/s Bishop of Digne
Broadway debut! Tours: LES MISERABLES, Disney on Classic(Tokyo Philharmonic). Regional: Barrington, Papermill. BFA, University of Michigan. Endless thanks to my extraordinary family and friends, CTG and to the LES MIZ team for this remarkable journey. For Mom and Dad.
Lesgles, u/s Bishop of Digne, u/s Factory Foreman
Terance is a Las Vegas native, with a multi-suited skill set ranging from ballet to an international recording Pop/Opera group. NY credits include Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway On Broadway. "God's Favor is more precious than Life." To my family I thank you and love you!!
Swing, u/s Factory Girl
Broadway debut! Credits: LES MIZ 25th Anniversary Tour/Toronto Production (Swing, "Factory Girl" u/s). New York: Camelot("Nimue," WPPAC), Suor Angelica("Cercatrice," Chelsea Opera). Regional: Camelot ("Nimue" u/s, Goodspeed), Figaro ("Countess"),Manon ("Manon"), La Bohème("Musetta")
Constable, Montparnasse, u/s Marius
Broadway: Hairspray, The Little Mermaid, Hair, Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King,Beautiful. Graduate of Viterbo University and a native of Chicago. He's also a vocalist with Disney Symphony Pops. "DREAM BIG 'cause that stuff can come true!"
Innkeeper's Wife, u/s Madame Thénardier
Broadway/West End/First national:Beauty & the Beast, Triumph of Love, On a Clear Day . . . , One Touch of Venus, Titanic. TV: 30 Rock, Letterman, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Wallflowers (web). BA from Yale. Acting with Sande Shurin. For NanaPop.
Champmathieu, Brujon, Loud Hailer, u/s Jean Valjean
After making his Broadway debut as "Annas" in Jesus Christ Superstar, Aaron is excited to be back in NYC. For the last year, Aaron has toured with LES MIZ across North America and the Toronto production.