BWW TV Exclusive: Les Miz at the Bowl Dress Rehearsal and Director Jay-Alexendar
In this exclusive video, Les Miserables in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl director, Richard Jay-Alexander reveals what it takes to put such a unique event together and the how art of theatrical collaboration can bring about something truly special. You'll also have a front row seat as the Final Dress Rehearsal, a 10:00 am annual tradition open to the public, takes place, and witness how "anything can happen" during a live performance! Watch what happens when an ever-watchful stage manager saves the day as Tom Lowe's (Enjolras) mic goes out for a rare behind the scenes glimpse.
BroadwayWorld.com has been there every step of the way with exclusive behind the scenes coverage from Los Angeles featuring first week rehearsal photos taken by Melora Hardin, (click here) and videos from the Sitzprobe at the world famous Disney Hall and from the Tech Rehearsal. Stay tuned for our exclusive Opening Night footage from Les Miserables in Concert on BroadwayWorld.com.
Richard Jay-Alexander, who served as Associate Director and Executive Producer of the original Broadway, touring and Canadian companies of Les Misérables, lent his prowess to the special Hollywood Bowl staging, revealing this sweeping story of love, passion and redemption with an emotional and steady hand.
The world's most beloved musical came 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 boasted 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 cast were 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 celebrated 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 featured the 55 member Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Kevin Stites. The production also featured local high school students, adding a dash of home-grown talent. During this one-of-a-kind production, audiences were transported to post-Revolutionary France while basking in the beautiful California night.
Edited by E. Matthew Cady
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