J. Mark McVey Joins LES MIZ Tour as Valjean in Arizona, 6/7-6/12


Cameron Mackintosh's new 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables welcomes J. Mark McVey to the role of Jean Valjean beginning in Tempe, AZ, at ASU Gammage June 7-12, 2011. The all new production of Les Misérables features glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.  

J. Mark McVey will portray the fugitive Jean Valjean. He will be joined by Andrew Varela as Javert, Betsy Morgan as Fantine, Michael Kostroff as Thénardier, Shawna M. Hamic as Madame Thénardier, Jeremy Hays as Enjolras, Chasten Harmon as Éponine, Justin Scott Brown as Marius and Jenny Latimer as Cosette. Katherine Forrester and Anastasia Korbal alternate in the role of Little Cosette/Young Éponine. Josh Caggiano and Colin DePaula alternate in the role of Gavroche.

The ensemble includes Richard Todd Adams, Richard Barth, Cathryn Basile, Julie Benko, Cole Burden, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Casey Erin Clark, Jason Forbach, Lucia Giannetta, Ian Patrick Gibb, Cooper Grodin, Ben Gunderson, Beth Kirkpatrick, Cornelia Luna, Benjamin Magnuson, Jason Ostrowski, Max Quinlan, John Rapson, Rachel Rincione, Sarah Shahinian, Alan Shaw, Joseph Spieldenner, Joe Tokarz, Aliya Victoriya and Natalie Weiss.

J. Mark McVey (Jean Valjean), a Helen Hays Award-winning actor/singer, made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean and happily returns to add to his 2900+ performances in Les Misérables. Broadway/Notable: The Who's Tommy, Stairway To Paradise, Hey Love, Show Boat, Chess, Carousel, My Fair Lady. Concerts/ Recordings: "Broadway and Beyond," "If You Really Knew Me," TSO -"Lost Christmas Eve" (Gold Record).

Andrew Varela (Javert) was last seen on Broadway in Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George (Jules). Other Broadway/National Tours: Little Women (Prof Bhaer); Les Misérables (Jean Valjean); The Phantom of the Opera (Phantom); Cats (Gus/Growltiger); Evita; Disney's King David. Other roles: The Pirate King in Pirates!; Sky in Guys and Dolls; Jud in Oklahoma!; The Prince in The Student Prince.

Betsy Morgan (Fantine). Broadway: Original casts of A Little Night Music (Revival), Little Mermaid, High Fidelity. NY Theatre/Readings/Workshops: Tales of the City, Dangerous Beauty, Addams Family, Prairie, Leap of Faith, Memphis, The Fantasticks, Bernarda Alba (Lincoln Center). TV: "Flight of the Conchords." Originated the role of Leslie Benedict in the Premiere of Giant at Signature Theatre.

Michael Kostroff (Thénardier) is best known for his long-running roles on HBO's "The Wire" and "Disney's Sonny with a Chance." He's guest starred on "Weeds," "Cold Case," "Brothers and Sisters," "West Wing," "ER," "Studio 60," "The Closer" and dozens more. Kostroff toured previously in Les Misérables (Thénardier) and in The Producers, understudying Max Bialystock-a role he's since played all over the country. He's the author of "Letters from Backstage."

Shawna M. Hamic (Madame Thénardier). NY Workshops: The Toymaker, Screams of Kitty Genovese, Glen or Glenda. Regional: Twist (Directed / Choreographed by Debbie Allen), Les Misérables, Ragtime, Hello Dolly, The Molly Maguires, Genesis, My Fair Lady, Mame, Kismet, Once Upon..., H2$, Guys and Dolls (in Macao, China).

Jeremy Hays (Enjolras). Broadway: Les Misérables. National Tour: Cats (Rum Tum Tugger). Regional: Hair (Berger) (American Stage), Les Misérables (TUTS), Camelot (Lancelot) (PA Center Stage).

Chasten Harmon (Éponine). Broadway: Hair. Off-Broadway: Iphigenia 2.0 (dir. by Tina Landau), Signature Theatre; Grind (Clementine), The York Theatre. Regional: Once on this Island (Ti Moune) and All Shook Up (Lorraine), Marriott Theatre; Leader of the Pack, Cape Playhouse. Training from NYU, TSOA.

Justin Scott Brown (Marius) is thrilled to be a part of the new 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables! National tour: Spring Awakening (1st National). Regional: The Sound of Music, Titanic, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables and others at The MUNY. Favorite roles include Finch/How to Succeed... and Giorgio/Passion. CCM (BFA-2009).

Jenny Latimer (Cosette). National tour debut! Regional credits include: She Loves Me at Westport Country Playhouse, Maury Yeston's Phantom (Christine), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Hamlet (Ophelia), Rabbit Hole (Izzy) and My Fair Lady (Eliza). She studied acting at Brigham Young University and while there received a scholarship to study with the Steppenwolf Theater Company.

The New York Times calls this Les Misérables "an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish." The London Times hails the new show "a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original." The Star-Ledger says "a dynamically re-imagined hit. This Les Misérables has improved with age" and NY1-TV 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 Miz is born again."

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