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John Owen-Jones

Jean Valjean

After training at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, John Owen-Jones, at 26, became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Misérables.  He is one of a handful of actors to have played the role of Valjean both in the West End and on Broadway (in 2007).  John was chosen by Cameron Mackintosh to reprise the role for world premiere of the 25th Anniversary new production of Les Misérables in its UK tour in 2010 (the basis for the current Broadway production).   John was also part of the Valjean quartet featured in the finale of the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena, London.   John comes to Les Miz directly from starring in the original London production of The Phantom of the Opera, where he is the longest-running Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera with nearly 2,000 performances in the role.  He was asked to reinterpret the role in the Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the musical for its 25th anniversary UK tour in 2012, making him the only actor to have the opportunity to reinvent Valjean and The Phantom – two of the greatest roles in musical theatre history.  He has performed as a soloist in concerts around the world from Bangor to Bangkok.  John has released four albums. The independently released ‘Hallelujah’ (2006) and on the Sain label ‘John Owen-Jones’ (2009) and ‘Unmasked’ (2011). His latest album ‘Rise’ was released on March 2.   www.johnowenjones.com.