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August 4
8:43 PM 2008

With first week rehearsals freshly behind them, the cast and creative members of the highly anticipated Les Miserables in Concert now head into the final stages of bringing this classic tale to the Hollywood Bowl stage. The second week of rehearsal finds the entire company, under the watchful eye of director Richard Jay-Alexander, heading towards Opening Night.

It will be a week of intense technical work as the staging moves from its first week home at Hollywood's United Methodist Church, to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the thrill of the sitzprobe conducted by musical director and conductor Kevin Stites. There will also be lighting, sound and sound cue rehearsals for this lavish production and then on to the emotional final dress on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl itself. If you happen to be a resident of the Los Angeles area, the final dress rehearsal, which takes place on Friday, August 8th at 10am is, and has always been, open to the public for free.

All this leads up to the exciting Opening Night performance which takes place Friday, August 8th 2008.

BroadwayWorld.com will be there every step of the way with exclusive behind the scenes coverage from Los Angeles featuring first week rehearsal photos taken by Melora Hardin, star of The Office and the Hollywood Bowl concert's Fantine. BWW TV will feature in-depth segments including backstage at this week rehearsals, interviews with the acclaimed cast, including Tony winners John Lloyd Young and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Broadway favorites Ruth Williamson, Michael McCormick, J. Mark McVey, Lea Michelle, UK stage star Tom Lowe and more along with performance footage from the concert itself.

The world's most beloved musical comes to the famed Hollywood Bowl in an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime, staged concert adaptation, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. This unique production came about by a very special agreement that The Hollywood Bowl has made with Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh, the musical world's most successful Producer. It boasts an all star cast featuring Broadway's J. Mark McVey as "Jean Valjean"; Brian Stokes Mitchell as "Javert"; John Lloyd Young as "Marius", Lea Michele as "Eponine", Melora Hardin as "Fantine", Michael McCormick as "Thenardier", Tom Lowe as "Enjolras", Michele Maika as "Cosette" and Ruth Williamson as "Madame Thenardier"

Performing in the ensemble will be Barbara Chiofalo, Natalie Daradich, Travis Davidson, Joshua Finkel, Stephen Full, Julie Garnye, Joel Gelman, Sue Goodman, Daniel Guzman, Wayne Hu, Jennifer Naimo, Steve Mazurek, Lesley McKinnel, Weston Wells Olson, Ethan Le Phong, Patrick Reese, Eddy Rioseco, Tristan Rumery, Allyson Tucker, and Darlene Williams along with students Sergio Pasquarielo, Frankie Kane Kraft, Anton M. Garsola, Andrew Karl and Christopher Karl.

The concert celebrates the timeless tale of passion and redemption and the glorious Claude-Michel Schonberg / Alain Boublil score of Les Miserables as it has never seen or heard it before and undoubtedly never will again. This concert adaptation of the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical features the 55 member Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Kevin Stites. The production also features local high school students, adding a dash of home-grown talent. During this one-of-a-kind production, audiences will be transported to post-Revolutionary France while basking in the beautiful California night.

All photos courtesy of Melora Hardin and Amy Shaughnessy

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Melora Hardin

J. Mark McVey

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Lea Michele and John Lloyd Young

Ruth Williamson and Michael McCormick

Michele Maika

Richard Jay-Alexander directs the cast

Musical Director and Conductor Kevin Stites

Joshua Finkel and John Lloyd Young


Enjolras and Marius unite

Tom Lowe relaxes with the students of the ABC Cafe

John Lloyd Young and Tom Lowe

The Students of the ABC Cafe

Do You Hear The People Sing?

Tom Lowe

The flag is flown

J. Mark McVey and Melora Hardin

John Lloyd Young and Lea Michele

Brian Stokes Mitchell

J. Mark McVey and Ensemble

Richard Jay-Alexander confers with Brian Grohl

Michael McCormick and Assistant Director Marybeth Abel

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Joel Gelman

Melora Hardin

Samantha Rey, Melora Hardin and Amy Shaughnessy

Michele Maika and Richard Jay-Alexander

Michele Maika and John Lloyd Young

Natalie Daradich and Travis Davidson

Julie Garnye and Daniel Guzman

The Students of the ABC Cafe

John Lloyd Young

Jennifer Naimo

Ben Toth

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Sage Ryan and Tom Lowe

Male Ensemble prepare the barricades

Sage Ryan

J. Mark McVey and Melora Hardin

J. Mark McVey and Melora Hardin

Julie Garnye, Lea Michele, J. Mark McVey, Melora Hardin, John Lloyd Young and Michele Maika

Melora Hardin

Allyson Tucker

The cast takes a rehearsal break

Joshua Finkel

Maddie Levy

Stephen Full and Matt Rocheleau

J. Mark McVey and Melora Hardin

The "Victor Hugo" clock keeps the rehearsals on time!

Producers Brian Grohl and Steve Linder

The students of the ABC Cafe prepare for battle!

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Eddie Varley was most recently seen as one of the stars of the Lifetime Television Series, MATCHED IN MANHATTAN.

On the New York stage he was a cast member of the long running hit musical revue INTO THE WEEDS: The Bill Weeden Songbook at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Eddie received critical acclaim for his role of Jameson in the New York and Los Angeles Productions of Joe Mortimer's GRAPEFRUIT. As a cast member of the New Vic Theatre of London, he toured both the UK and US in their productions of DRACULA, HUNCHBACK and THE CANTERBURY TALES. He spent several Holiday seasons at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino's Showroom Theater headlining with performers such as the legendary Mickey Rooney, Andrea McArdle and John Byner. An accomplished illustrator, his work can be found in the recent McGraw Hill release, WHY HASN'T HE CALLED?

He is the Creative Director of BroadwayWorld.com


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