CLIFF SAUNDERS and KEALA SETTLE are Cast as “THE THENARDIERS” with KYLE SCATLIFFE as “ENJOLRAS” in Cameron Mackintosh’s LES MISÉRABLES
Cameron Mackintosh announced today that acclaimed Canadian actor Cliff Saunders (The 39 Steps) and Tony Award®-nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody), will play the “Thenardiers” in his acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical masterpiece LES MISÉRABLES, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). Saunders is currently performing the role of “Thenardier” in the Toronto production of the musical, for which he has received critical acclaim. Also joining the cast of LES MISÉRABLES is Kyle Scatliffe, currently co-starring in the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys, as the revolutionary “Enjolras.” Saunders, Settle and Scatliffe join recently announced cast members Ramin Karimloo (“Jean Valjean”); Will Swenson (“Javert”); Caissie Levy (“Fantine”), Nikki M. James (“Eponine”), Andy Mientus (“Marius”) and Charlotte Maltby (“Cosette”). The official opening night for LES MISÉRABLES is Sunday, March 23. The complete ensemble will be announced next month.
This newly re-imagined LES MISÉRABLES, which grossed over $160 million in its recent two and a half year American tour, is currently breaking box office records, receiving rave reviews and capacity crowds with the Canadian production at the Princess of Wales in Toronto starring Ramin Karimloo, who will play “Jean Valjean” on Broadway. International productions of the new LES MISÉRABLES have been 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 last year’s immensely successful Oscar/Golden Globe/BAFTA winning-movie.
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 and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.
The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions.