Rehearsals Begin for Ramin Karimloo-Led LES MISERABLES in Toronto; Full Cast Announced
Excitement is building for the Toronto premiere of the new Cameron Mackintosh production of Boublil & Schönberg's masterpiece LES MISERABLES, the first show of the 2013-2014 Mirvish Subscription Season.
Full company rehearsals for the predominantly Canadian cast begin Monday, August 19. Performances for the limited engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre begin September 27, 2013.
Ramin Karimloo will star as Jean Valjean. This will be a homecoming for this talented young man from Richmond Hill, ON. In London's West End, he has played Valjean in the London production, portrayed the title role in The Phantom of the Opera and created the same role in the world premiere production of Love Never Dies. Ramin also played Enjolras in the 25th Anniversary concert of LES MISERABLES at London's O2 and the Phantom in the 25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall.
From the U.K., acclaimed West End actor Earl Carpenter will star as Javert, a role he has played in productions around the world. He has also played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on the West End and in the UK Tour of Cameron Mackintosh's all new production.
Hailing from Quebec, Genevieve Leclerc will star as Fantine, a role she most recently played in the North American tour of LES MISERABLES.
Fresh from starring in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, Winnipeg's Samantha Hill will star as Cosette.
Canadian Idol Season 3 winner, Juno nominee and Broadway/Stratford star of Jesus Christ Superstar, Melissa O'Neil will star as Eponine.
From the United States, Perry Sherman will star as Marius. He recently toured North America in tours of the Broadway shows Next To Normal and Spring Awakening.
Toronto's Cliff Saunders, known for his roles in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Lord of the Rings in Toronto, and 39 Steps on Broadway, will star as Thénardier.
Having recently completed her Dora Award-winning role in the Toronto production of The Wizard of Oz, Lisa Horner will star as Madame Thénardier.
Mark Uhre, Shaw Festival favourite, will play Enjolras.
The role of Little Cosette/Young Eponine will be shared by Ella Ballentine, Saara Chaudry and Madison Oldroyd.
The role of Gavroche will be shared by David Gregory Black and Aiden Glenn.
The ensemble includes: Richard Leon Barth, Katie Beetham, Andreane Bouladier, Caroline Colantonio, Ben Gunderson, Brittney Johnson, Elena Juatco, Andrew Love, Cornelia Luna, Heather McGuigan, Marisa McIntyre, Matt McMahan, Tyler Murree, Jason Ostrowski, Kristen Peace, John Rapson, Rachel Rincione, Matt Rosell, David Silvestri, Alan Shaw, Aaron Walpole, Jonathan Winsby, Ashley Wright and Chris Zonneville.
This new production continues to break box office records internationally and inspired filmmakers to make the outstandingly successful movie which has gone on to win 3 Oscars, 3 Golden Globes and 4 BAFTA's. The motion picture soundtrack has sold close to 1.5 million copies and has topped the Billboard and iTunes charts.
The New York Times calls this production of LES MISERABLES "Thrilling, Spectacular and Unforgettable" The Chicago Tribune hails the new show "Gobsmacking! This new production of this masterpiece is refreshing, rethought and every bit as epic. Not to be missed." The London Times says "a five-star hit, astonishingly powerful." The Star-Ledger says "a dynamically re-imagined hit. This LES MISERABLES has improved with age," and NY1-TV proclaims "this new production actually exceeds the original. Musical theatre fans can rejoice: 'Les Mis' is born again."
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 of LES MISERABLES 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.
LES MISERABLES is the first show in the 2013-2014 Mirvish Subscription Season. Subscriptions are available for sale at mirvish.com or by calling 416-593-4225.