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Breaking: LES MISERABLES Announces First Wave of 2014 Broadway Cast - Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Nikki M. James & Caissie Levy

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And the Tony goes to Ramin Karimloo....
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Nomination at the very least! Glad he's taking the role to Broadway.
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And the Tony goes to Ramin Karimloo....

It is WAY too early to be calling that. WAY too early.
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It's not the most inspired casting in the world, but I'm excited nonetheless. I'm seeing the Toronto cast in 2 weeks and I'm now really excited to see Ramin Karimloo before the spring. I'm personally interested in seeing who is cast as the Thenardiers and as Enjorlas. I know that just about every male under 40 in the city seems to have been seen for that role.
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Isn't Michael Maguire the only actor to get a Tony for any role or production of this?
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I like Levy, but it would've been great if Sierra Boggess was Fantine alongside Karimloo.
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This is amazing casting, I think Will Swenson will be an amazing Javert. But, a tiny part of me really wanted it to be Norm Lewis. Looking forward to seeing Ramin Karimloo for the first time!
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I am trying really, really hard to be excited for the cast or the production.

But I can't seem to muster any enthusiasm whatsoever.
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Isn't Michael Maguire the only actor to get a Tony for any role or production of this?

Frances Ruffelle too.
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"Isn't Michael Maguire the only actor to get a Tony for any role or production of this?"

Frances Ruffelle also won for Best Featured Actress.
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If the rumors are true, do you think Alice will get her second Tony as Madame Thenardier?
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Newintown, France Ruffelle also won a tony for the original. No wins for the revival.

I love the Karimloo/Swenson casting. Nikki James will do a beautiful "On My Own," though she seems a little older than most actresses who take that role--or maybe I'm crazy. Have never been a Caissie Levy fan--she's talented, I'm just not that personally taken with her voice. Still, I'll hope she wins me over.
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Okay... let's stop with the Tony predictions...

But I can't seem to muster any enthusiasm whatsoever.

Wholeheartedly agree.
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I totally called Ramin as Valijean! And yeah, I wish Sierra was Fantine to have a reunion with Ramin. And even though I wish Sam was Eponine and that they'd cast someone younger for Eponine, Nikki will be great as her! I'm surprised over Nikki.
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If the rumors are true, do you think Alice will get her second Tony as Madame Thenardier?

Well, if they want some sort of realism, by casting Nikki James as Eponine, the Thenardier's should also be black.

And no, the Thenardier's aren't really Tony-winning roles. They're comic relief with not enough meat on the bones to win big awards. Fun roles, though.

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I'm so glad that I will not have to go to Toronto to see Ramin.
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I predict that Les Miserables may get nominated for best revival Tony and

that this page will be the first of many on this thread!
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Will Swenson? Feh. I find him underwhelming. The rest I'm quite happy with, especially Ramin and Caissie.


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Thank you, best12bars. I have no problem with color blind casting, but there's such a thing as realism. I'd be fine with a mixed couple, but they need to make some effort with the Thernardiers.

It drove me crazy in the last production that a Hispanic woman gave birth to a little caucasian girl who grew up to be something completely different.
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Cast recording, please. Thank you.

YES... ANOTHER Les Mis recording... ANOTHER...

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Also: Ramin. In. My. Pants.
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Ramin making his Broadway debut is probably the only reason I'm excited about this production. I'm not a Caissie Levy fan at all. (I've been blessed with gorgeous-voiced Fantines-a wailing, shrieking one is not what I had in mind.) Nikki M. James seems like a very strong choice as Eponine. Will Swenson will be good I think, too.

I'd heard Samantha Hill was coming over as Cosette, too.

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