LES MIS BEGINS PREVIEWS MARCH 1, AT THE IMPERIAL THEATRE
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISÉRABLES begins previews Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night for LES MISÉRABLES is Sunday, March 23. The cast of the new LES MIZ features Ramin Karimloo (West End and Toronto star of Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies in London) as Jean Valjean; Will Swenson (Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway’s Hair and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Javert; Caissie Levy (West End and Broadway star of Ghost and Hair and Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked) as Fantine; Nikki M. James (Tony Award winner for The Book of Mormon) as Eponine; Andy Mientus (who captured the hearts of TV viewers with his portrayal of Kyle Bishop on the NBC series “Smash”) as Marius; Samantha Hill (Christine in The Phantom of the Opera) as Cosette; acclaimed Canadian actor Cliff Saunders (The 39 Steps) as Thenardier; Tony Award-nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody) as Madame Thenardier and Kyle Scatliffe (the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys) as the revolutionary Enjolras.
The LES MIZ ensemble includes Erin Clemons, Joshua Colley, Emily Cramer, Natalie Charle Ellis, Jason Forbach, Heidi Giberson, Nathaniel Hackmann, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Andrew Kober, Gaten Matarazzo, Chris McCarrell, Melissa Mitchell, Dennis Moench, Adam Monley, Betsy Morgan, Angeli Negron, Melissa O’Neil, Max Quinlan, John Rapson, Terance Reddick, Arbender Robinson, Christianne Tisdale, Mckayla Twiggs and Aaron Walpole. The swings are Cathryn Basile, John Brink, Ben Gunderson, Weston Wells Olson and Rachel Rincoine.
This newly re-imagined LES MISÉRABLES, which grossed over $160 million in its recent two and a half year American tour, and recently broke box office records, receiving rave reviews and capacity crowds with the Canadian production at the Princess of Wales in Toronto starring Ramin Karimloo.
International productions of the new LES MISÉRABLES have met with equal success and acclaim in the U.K., France, Spain, Japan and Korea and will open soon in Australia. This new version of LES MISÉRABLES, which premiered in the U.K. in 2009, inspired filmmakers to make the immensely successful Oscar/Golden Globe/BAFTA-winning movie.
Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune called the new LES MISÉRABLES, “uncommonly raw, unusually emotional and strikingly intense. LES MIZ stands alone in its dramatic and emotional achievements. The storytelling is formidable; the theatricalization spectacular. This new production refreshes and rethinks without sacrificing any singularity of intensity or artistic occasion. It is not to be missed.” Anita Gates in The New York Times called this new production of LES MISÉRABLES “a splendidly reworked, unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” Benedict Nightingale in The London Times hailed the new LES MIZ “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original.” Peter Filichia in The Star-Ledger called it “a dynamically re-imagined hit. This LES MISÉRABLES has improved with age” and Roma Torre on NY1 News proclaimed “this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Musical theatre fans can rejoice: LES MIZ is born again.” Terry Byrne in The Boston Globe said, “The new production of LES MISÉRABLES qualifies as a truly extraordinary theatrical experience. It is nothing less than stunning. This production is so breathtaking, you simply won’t want it to end.” And Richard Ouzounian in The Toronto Star wrote, “This new production of LES MISÉRABLES is superbly revised. Inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo himself, this new staging moves with both tremendous agility and equal force. Time and time again, I found myself gasping in admiration for the images that filled the stage, not just for their own beauty, but for the power they brought to the story. Thrilling and brilliant.”
Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.
Cameron Mackintosh’s production of LES MISÉRABLES is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.
The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with set and image design by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections realized by Fifty-Nine Productions. Musical staging is by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker and musical direction by James Lowe.
The original production of LES MISÉRABLES can now only be seen in London where it’s currently in its 29th record-breaking year. LES MISÉRABLES originally premiered at the Barbican Theatre in a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company in October 1985. It transferred to the Palace Theatre in December of that year and then moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre in April 2004 where it is still playing to standing room only. In October 2006 LES MISÉRABLES took over the title of World’s Longest Running Musical followed by two other Cameron Mackintosh productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.
The original New York production of LES MISÉRABLES premiered first at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, later moving to the Imperial on October 17, 1990, where it played until May 18, 2003, for a total Broadway run of 6680 performances.
There have been four U.S. national touring companies of LES MISÉRABLES that have played more than 200 cities. Broadway audiences welcomed LES MISÉRABLES back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008. LES MISÉRABLES is the 4th longest-running Broadway production of all time.
Seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 22 languages, LES MISÉRABLES is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled. The worldwide gross for LES MISÉRABLES is $2.5 billion. There have been 47 cast recordings of LES MISÉRABLES, including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production and the motion picture
soundtrack which sold close to 2 million copies and topped the Billboard and iTunes charts. The DVD’s of the 10th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th Anniversary at The O2 have sold millions of copies worldwide.
There are over 3,000 productions of the LES MISÉRABLES School’s Edition scheduled or being performed by over 150,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical LES MISÉRABLES made theatrical history with an international first: three different productions in London at the same time. The Original Production at the Queen’s Theatre, the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered) and a celebratory concert at The O2 Arena. The O2 Concert was presented in over 500 cinemas throughout the United States on November 17, 2010 and is now available on Blu-ray DVD through Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The 2012 Universal film version of LES MISÉRABLES co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, and directed by Tom Hooper, is one of the most successful musical films ever, grossing more than $450 million. The film received the Golden Globe Award as Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) and received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won three Academy Awards. The film’s soundtrack debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Album chart and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
The sumptuous definitive new book, Les Misérables – From Stage to Screen from Applause Books tells the story so far of the World’s Longest Running Musical in words, pictures and rare facsimile memorabilia and is written by Benedict Nightingale and Martyn Palmer, with a foreword by Cameron Mackintosh.
Tickets to LES MISÉRABLES are available at www.telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 447-7400. Ticket prices range from $57 – $147.
RAMIN KARIMLOO (Jean Valjean) just concluded starring as Jean Valjean to great acclaim in the Toronto production of Les Misérables, a role he also played in London’s West End, where he also received the Theatregoers’ Choice Award for his performance. In London, he also performed as the Phantom in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as the show’s 25th Anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall. He was personally selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the Phantom in the London world premiere of the show’s sequel, Love Never Dies, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical. His association with Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera also includes having played Enjolras and Raoul, respectively, in the West End productions of each show. He was also honoured to have performed the role of Enjolras in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena in London. He also performed in the U.K national tours of Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. He has toured extensively performing his own special genre of music, Broadgrass. His solo album Human Heart is available from Sony Records. Ramin is Iranian-born and was raised in Canada.
WILL SWENSON (Javert) recently starred in the new musical Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre and in the Manhattan Theatre Club hit Murder Ballad. Broadway/West End: Hair (Drama Desk, Tony nominations). Broadway: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Drama League Nomination), 110 in the Shade, Lestat, and Brooklyn: the Musical. Off -Broadway: Rock of Ages, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Adrift in Macao, The Slugbearers of Kayrol Island, and Camelot with the New York Philharmonic. Tours: Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and Fame! Film and Television: Gods Behaving Badly, The Switch, and the upcoming This is Where I Leave You, “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “6 Degrees.” Will is also a filmmaker. His first film Sons of Provo about a clueless Mormon boy band, which he directed, co-wrote and starred in, won several film festivals.
CAISSIE LEVY (Fantine) most recently starred as Sara in the off-Broadway production of Murder Ballad. Other credits include originating the role of Molly in the Broadway and West End productions of Ghost The Musical, Sheila in the Tony Award-winning Broadway and West End productions of Hair, Elphaba in the Los Angeles and Broadway productions of Wicked, Penny in the Broadway, 1st national tour and Toronto productions of Hairspray, and Maureen in the national tour of Rent. Selected recordings include the original London cast recording of Ghost The Musical, the Grammy nominated Broadway revival cast recording of Hair, and her debut EP, With You, featuring stripped down arrangements of songs from her Broadway shows, available on iTunes, CDBaby and at caissielevy.com
NIKKI M. JAMES (Eponine) originated the role of Nabalungi in the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, for which she received the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include All Shook Up and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Additional theater credits include Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, opposite Christopher Plummer at Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse, Bernarda Alba at Lincoln Center, House of Flowers at Encores! and Walmartopia. Nikki’s theater workshops include Lizzie in Baby (Papermill/NJPAC) and Beehive on Broadway. She appeared at New York Theater Workshop in the limited engagement of Fetch Clay, Make Man. She recently performed a one woman cabaret show to a sold out audience at 54 Below. She recently wrapped filming the movie, Lucky Stiff co-starring Jason Alexander. Nikki will also appear in the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. Nikki has appeared in a variety of TV shows such as “30 Rock,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch” and “The Jury.”
ANDY MIENTUS (Marius) will be making his Broadway debut in LES MISÉRABLES. A Pittsburgh native, he toured the country in the first national tour of Spring Awakening and appeared in MCC Theater’s production of Carrie. On television, he was a series regular on the NBC musical drama “Smash,” and this season has recurring roles on both the FX comedy “Anger Management” and the ABC Family drama “Chasing Life.”
SAMANTHA HILL (Cosette), from Winnipeg, Canada, joins Les Misérables direct from the recent hit Toronto production. Prior to that, she made her Broadway debut as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, as part of the show’s year-long 25th Anniversary celebrations. Other shows in her native Canada include: August: Osage County (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions); Spring Awakening (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); Annie, Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow Stage); Nine (Dry Cold Productions); and Chicago (Mayfield Theatre). Samantha received a 2012 Ovation Award nomination for her work in The Light in the Piazza in Vancouver, British Columbia. Samantha was also a part of the 2013 Tony Awards, performing with Phantom. She completed her BFA in Acting at the University of Alberta and has a BA in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg.
CLIFF SAUNDERS (Thenardier) received critical acclaim for his recent portrayal of Thenardier in the Toronto production of Les Misérables. He has also performed in Toronto in The Lord of the Rings and Beauty and the Beast. On Broadway he was seen in The 39 Steps (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actor). Additional theatre credits include: two seasons at Stratford, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper, CanStage, Elgin, Winter Garden, Grand Theatre, Aquarius, Royal Alexandra, YPT, Citadel, Crows, VideoCabaret and Blyth Festival. Film and TV credits include: Louis Cyr, Cracked, Murdoch Mysteries, Ron James, Lost Girl, Outlander, Please Kill Mr. Know It All, Roxy Hunter, Eloise, Open Range, Music Man, Chicago, Spider, Midwives, Joan Of Arc, Monk, Blue Murder, La Femme Nikita, Due South and Flowers For Algernon.
KEALA SETLLE (Madame Thenardier) received a 2013 Tony Award nomination for her performance in Hands On A Hardbody on Broadway. Her portrayal of Norma Valverde also garnered her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations and a Theatre World Award. Other Broadway/New York: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Violet (Encores). National Tours: South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad). She is currently appearing as the Fortune Teller in Side Show at the La Jolla Playhouse and recently played the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Ogunquit Playhouse. Television: “The Big C.”
KYLE SCATLIFFE (Enjolras) was born in Washington, D.C. and trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY. His theater credits include Ragtime (Zach Theatre), Oklahoma (5th Avenue Theatre), A Christmas Carol: The Concert (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/PBS), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Haywood Patterson in the London premiere of The Scottsboro Boys.