Les Miz (July)

LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 04:00am
Greetings, all!

So, it's like this: I'm VERY anxious to (finally) get to the Imperial to see LES MIZ, but my availability only allows for limited dates.

So, I have three questions:

1. Is it expected that the principals will still be present and accounted for into mid-July? (Ramin, Will, et al)?

2. Is the stage high over there? Would front row be too close, or should I aim for a few rows back to 'take it all in'? I keep hearing about the intimacy of this staging.

3. Does the cast sign after matinees?

Any and all insight appreciated!

Best,
- M
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
Everlast85
Understudy
joined:5/2/14
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 04:07am
There are many threads that answer these questions. All of them.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 04:15am
Hi, Mike. You might miss Swenson as he's leaving for a little while to do Bull Durham. (check out that thread, it has Swenson's name in the title).

I know that wasn't much help....but it points you in the right direction!

Hey Everlast: newbies really shouldn't be nasty...especially to respected members like Limelight.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 04:18am
I'm looking to go somewhere in the teens, but prior to ... the 22nd, which I BELEIVE is when WIll's 'hiatus' begins. So, I'll remain hopeful!

And, thank you for havin' my back. Just as important. :)

LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
Updated On: 6/5/14 at 04:18 AM
Everlast85
Understudy
joined:5/2/14
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 04:57am
Established members should know that these topics have been talked about many, many times on this board.

Do the research before posting, that's what most people seem to do on here.

Updated On: 6/5/14 at 04:57 AM
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 08:12am
Build up your cred before you act like a jerk. Then you can gleefully be a jerk. It's too early right now. Go back to bed.
"Don't patronize me, alright?" - BroadwayStar4
aimeecurameng
Swing
joined:5/7/14
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 11:27am
I had second row and it wasn't too high at all. You get a clear vantage point to the stage and you're still able to see all the action. You might have to look up a few times but nothing that detracts from the overall experience.

And some of them come out after matinee! Cast members have been pretty great about tweeting whether or not they'll come to the door so I'd just check on that day but many do.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 05:29pm
And the general human race should know there's no reason to be nasty.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 05:41pm
Ramin will be gone August 5 - 10 and I think he takes the night off on Thursdays.
Four Simple Rules for Attending the Theater 1. This is a nice night out. Dress accordingly. Like, no sweatpants. 2. When you enter the theater, turn off your phone. All issues with phones will be avoided this way, & you won't be verbally accosted by the cast, crew, & other patrons. 3. I did not pay dollas to hear you talk or sing. I paid dollas to see & hear gorgeous men like Norm Lewis, Ramin Karimloo & Joshua Henry. 4. Unless you have medical issues, don't eat. The wrappers are loud, & your disgusting munching is even louder. You aren't at the movies or a barn dance, baby.
Updated On: 6/5/14 at 05:41 PM
LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 06:04pm
Thanks for the insight, you guys! Booked for a Saturday in July! Stoked! :)
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 06:19pm
Hope you love it, Mike!
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
tphiliboy152
Stand-by
joined:6/14/12
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 06:46pm
As previously posted, Will Swenson takes his leave of absence on July 22nd and Ramin's obviously out on Thursday nights since he always is for vocal rest.

In addition to that....
Caissie Levy (Fantine) will be out July 8-12
Samantha Hill (Cosette) will be out July 14-21
Kyle Scatliffe (Enjolras) will be out July 14-21

No one else has announced vacation and if it means anything, Andy Mientus has no planned dates to miss in the month of July.

Most of the cast will come out after a Saturday matinee. When I saw the show the only leads who didn't stagedoor were Samantha Hill, Keala Settle, and Nikki M James. Everyone who did was lovely, though.
Shows Seen: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wicked Chicago, Mary Poppins, Grease, Lion King x3 (Broadway & Tour), The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked Broadway x6, Les Miserables National Tour, Next to Normal National Tour, The Addams Family, Newsies, Sister Act x2 (Broadway & Tour), Warhorse, Jekyll & Hyde National Tour, Catch Me If You Can National Tour, American Idiot National Tour, Wicked 1NT x23, We Will Rock You National Tour, Pippin, Porgy and Bess National Tour, If/Then, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Les Miserables Broadway Revival
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 06:54pm
No news about when Nikki takes a vacation? I really want to miss her performance!

Four Simple Rules for Attending the Theater 1. This is a nice night out. Dress accordingly. Like, no sweatpants. 2. When you enter the theater, turn off your phone. All issues with phones will be avoided this way, & you won't be verbally accosted by the cast, crew, & other patrons. 3. I did not pay dollas to hear you talk or sing. I paid dollas to see & hear gorgeous men like Norm Lewis, Ramin Karimloo & Joshua Henry. 4. Unless you have medical issues, don't eat. The wrappers are loud, & your disgusting munching is even louder. You aren't at the movies or a barn dance, baby.
Updated On: 6/5/14 at 06:54 PM
broadwayfan1995
Understudy
joined:6/5/14
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/5/14 at 10:16pm
Nikki's actually a lot better than people have been making her out to be. She isn't the best Eponine ever, but she brings something special to the role. After the first preview, I wasn't sure if I was going to like her or not, but when I saw her I really wound up enjoying her.
broadwayfan1995
Understudy
joined:6/5/14
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/10/14 at 11:09pm
To whoever asked... Nikki has some vacation coming up.

Melissa O'Neil is going on as Eponine from July 23 (matinee) through July 27th.

https://twitter.com/understudies/status/476467689767329792

She's also going on as Fantine on July 8th and July 9th (matinee)
LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/11/14 at 01:11am
How *are* the understudy Fantines? Just curious.
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
broadwayfan1995
Understudy
joined:6/5/14
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 6/11/14 at 02:24pm
^ I can't comment on Melissa O'Neil's Fantine since she hasn't really been on yet, but I saw Betsy's Fantine and she was stellar. All three of the Fantine's on Broadway are sure to be great.

Also, he's been mentioned on several other threads, but I highly recommend seeing Aaron Walpole as Valjean if you can. He delivered one of the most moving performances I've ever seen.
opal_blu
Swing
joined:5/1/07
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 7/25/14 at 06:36pm
I was fortunate to see Melissa O'Neil as Fantine a few weeks ago, and she was absolutely superb. She did play the role differently than Caissie Levy, as her Fantine was more fragile and raw. Her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream was beautiful.

I believe she is on as Eponine until Sunday. If you're in NYC, I highly recommend seeing her take on the character. She received rave reviews in Toronto, and won a Dora Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Tony) for her performance.
teresa2
Stand-by
joined:4/1/05
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 7/25/14 at 10:44pm
I wish I could see her as Eponine, but I already have shows this weekend. Seeing the show with Nikki James as Eponine was pure torture. I won't see it again unless someone else is playing the part. She is totally miscast in the role.
wickedfan
Broadway Legend
joined:12/25/03
Les Miz (July)
Posted: 7/25/14 at 10:52pm
Saw Melissa O'Neil as Eponine almost two months ago and she was far and away the highlight of the evening. She was one of the few on that stage who didn't chew the scenery and was powerful musically without making it seem like a rock concert.

"Sing the words, Patti!!!!" Stephen Sondheim to Patti LuPone.
Updated On: 7/25/14 at 10:52 PM