Original Cosette, Judy Kuhn Joins 'Les Mis' as Fantine 10/23
Broadway's original Cosette, three-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn, will return to Les Miserables twenty years later, to play the role of Fantine (Cosette's mother) beginning Tuesday, October 23 in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of the Boublil and Schonberg musical at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street).†† Kuhn will succeed Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, whose final performance as Fantine will be Sunday, October 21.
Judy Kuhn has been nominated for three Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards for her work on Broadway in the American premieres of Les Miserables and Chess, in The Roundabout's hit revival of She Loves Me, and Rags. Also on Broadway she appeared in Richard Nelson's play Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NYSF).† Most recently she appeared in a new adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters by Craig Lucas at the Intiman Theatre directed by Bartlett Sher, and co-starred in the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's The Highest Yellow at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. She played Fosca in the critically acclaimed production of Passion at the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration, and created the role of Betty Schaefer in the U.S. premiere of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
†The current Broadway production of Les Miserables opened at the Broadhurst on November 9, 2006.† It currently features Drew Sarich as Jean Valjean (to be succeeded by John Owen-Jones on October 23), Robert Hunt as Javert, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Gary Beach as Thenardier, Ann Harada as Madame Thenardier, Megan McGinnis as Eponine, Adam Jacobs as Marius, Ali Ewoldt as Cosette and Max von Essen as Enjolras.††