LES MISERABLES Opens Tonight at The Muny Starring Lewis, Panaro, McCormick & More; Full Company Announced
Do You Hear the People Sing? Lucky audiences will tonight at The Muny in St. Louis as their highly anticipated production of LES MISERABLES opens this evening!
On the morning of the show's debut, director Richard Jay-Alexander has shared the following:
Wow. I'm having a "moment" this morning.
A big, BIG "moment."
"The time is now, The day is here!"
We OPEN tonight, here at the MUNY. "God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there." Even Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg sent messages to me
for the Company, which I will share with them this evening. I marvel at this Company and what we have accomplished in such a short time. If we do our jobs well tonight, the audience will see and hear the sheer beauty of a story so well told .. that it could and will
change someone's life. It's a huge responsibility ... and I believe there will be TRUTH and BLOOD and PASSION and LOVE all over that MUNY stage tonight. Kevin Stites, the orchestra, Marybeth Abel, Liza Stein, the actors, the designers, the crew, wardrobe, the scenic builders, all the operators and stage hands ..... straight through to the folks at the canteen and the ushers ..... and Mike and Sue and Denny and Larry ... and, and, and .... WHAT A WAY to DEBUT at THE MUNY! Grateful. xo
The show, produced by The Muny's Executive Producer Mike Isaacson stars Broadway veterans Hugh Panaro and Norm Lewis make their Muny debuts tonight starring as Jean Valjean and Javert. Also starring is Michael McCormick as Thénardier. Joining these veterans is a thrilling group of five of the nation's finest up-and-coming university musical theatre students who were personally selected by director Richard Jay-Alexander from the more than 1,500 performers who auditioned. They are: Charlotte Maltby (University of Michigan) as Fantine, Alex Prakken (University of Michigan) as Marius, Bobby Conte Thornton (University of Michigan) as Enjolras, Katie Travis (Central Michigan University) as Cosette, and Lindsey Mader (University of Oklahoma) as Eponine. Rounding out the cast will be Tiffany Green as Madame Thénardier, Lily McDonald as Young Eponine, Lilly Kanterman as Young Cosette, and Jimmy Coogan as Gavroche.
The full company includes:Keith Allen, Duke Anderson JaLeesa Beavers, Dane Burk, Jimmy Coogan, Jerry Jay Cranford, Josh Daniel, Connor Deane, Julian Decker, Jennifer Diamond, Francesca Ferrari, Tiffany Green, Connor Hanlon, Haley Henderson, Monte J. Howell, Seth Hunt, Charlie Ingram, Lilly Kanterman, Gregory Kirsopp, Dorcus Leung, Norm Lewis, Joe Longthorne, Lindsey Mader, Johari Nadi Mackey, Charlotte Maltby, Lee Anne Mathews, Russell McCook, Michael McCormick, Lily McDonald, Kate McMillan, Hugh Panaro, Trevor Patton, Alex Prakken, Trevor St. John-Gilbert, Samantha Rey, Katie Sarno, April Strelinger, Reuben Thomas, Bobby Thornton, Katie Travis, Ryan Vasquaz.
Appearing as part of the Muny Youth Ensemble will be Mikaela Clark, Madi Cupp-Enyard, Joe Essig, Thomas Fields, Holden Ginn, Conner Hanlon, Michael Harp, Lilly Karrer, Sam Krausz, Claire Logan, Anna Monoogian, Mario Meyer, Trevor Patton, Leo Ramsey, Drew Redington, Andrew Sherwin, Katie Spangler, LeeAnna Studt, Reuben Thomas, KinderMarie Williams, Alyssa Wolf, Jordan Woods.
And, from the St. Louis Gateway Men's Chorus are Daniel Bextermueller, Jason Blackburn, Tim Bono, Michael P. Dorn, Al Fischer, Michael Franzoni, Joshua Garrett, Nathan Hartman, Mike Hodges, Justin Hoffman, Matthew W. Houck, Colin Keller, Ryan Marshall, Wesley McCormack, David Montgomery, Russell Orf, Danny Owen, Charlie Robin, Brian J. Santos, Paul D. Simpkin and Darrell Steinbach.
The Muny production features scenic design by Robert Mark Morgan, sound design by Jason Krueger, lighting design by Nathan Scheuer, video design by Rob Denton and costume design by Colleen Grady. Kevin Stites serves as the musical director, and the production stage manager is Michael T. Clarkston.
To purchase tickets by phone, call (314) 361-1900, extension 550, or order online at www.muny.org. The Muny Box Office is now open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.