Full Cast Announced for LES MISERABLES on Broadway; 24 Join the Ensemble
Additional casting was announced today for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece Les Miserables, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). The official opening night for Les Miserables is Sunday, March 23.
The LES MIS ensemble will include Erin Clemons, Emily Cramer, Natalie Charle Ellis, Jason Forbach, Heidi Giberson, Nathaniel Hackmann, Andrew Kober, Chris McCarrell, Melissa Mitchell, Dennis Moench, Adam Monley, Betsy Morgan, Melissa O'Neil, Max Quinlan, John Rapson, Terance Reddick, Arbender Robinson, Christianne Tisdale and Aaron Walpole. The swings are Cathryn Basile, John Brink, Ben Gunderson, Rachel Rincione and Weston Wells Olson. As previously announced, the new LES MIS will star Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean), Will Swenson (Javert), Caissie Levy (Fantine), Nikki M. James (Eponine), Andy Mientus (Marius), Charlotte Maltby (Cosette), Kyle Scatliffe(Enjolras), Cliff Saunders (Thenardier) and Keala Settle (Madame Thenardier). The child roles of Gavroche, Young Cosette and Young Eponine will be cast shortly.
This newly re-imagined Les Miserables, which grossed over $160 million in its recent two and a half year American tour, is currently breaking box office records, receiving rave reviews and capacity crowds with the Canadian production at the Princess of Wales in Toronto starring Ramin Karimloo, who will play Jean Valjean on Broadway. International productions of the new Les Miserables have been met with equal success and acclaim in the U.K., France, Spain, Japan and Korea and will open soon in Australia. This new version of Les Miserables, which premiered in the U.K. in 2009, inspired filmmakers to make last year's immensely successful Oscar/Golden Globe/BAFTA winning-movie.
Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune called the new Les Miserables, "uncommonly raw, unusually emotional and strikingly intense. LES MIS stands alone in its dramatic and emotional achievements. The storytelling is formidable; the theatricalization spectacular. This new production refreshes and rethinks without sacrificing any singularity of intensity or artistic occasion. It is not to be missed." Anita Gates in The New York Times calls this new production of Les Miserables "a splendidly reworked, unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish." Benedict Nightingale in The London Times hails the newLES MIS "a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original." Peter Filichia in The Star-Ledger calls it "a dynamically re-imagined hit. ThisLES MISERABLES has improved with age" and Roma Torre on NY1 News proclaims "this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Musical theatre fans can rejoice: LES MIS is born again." Terry Byrne in The Boston Globesaid, "The new production of Les Miserables qualifies as a truly extraordinary theatrical experience. It is nothing less than stunning. This production is so breathtaking, you simply won't want it to end." And Richard Ouzounian in The Toronto Star wrote, "This new production of Les Miserables is superbly revised. Inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo himself, this new staging moves with both tremendous agility and equal force. Time and time again, I found myself gasping in admiration for the images that filled the stage, not just for their own beauty, but for the power they brought to the story. Thrilling and brilliant."