RAMIN KARIMLOO, WILL SWENSON, CAISSIE LEVY and NIKKI M. JAMES HEAD THE CAST OF CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S NEW PRODUCTION OF LES MISÉRABLES
Cameron Mackintosh announced today that four of this generation’s most talented and dynamic musical theater performers have joined the cast of 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. Joining the cast of the new LES MIS are Ramin Karimloo (West End and current acclaimed 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” and Nikki M. James (Tony Award® winner for The Book of Mormon) as “Eponine.” The official opening night for LES MISÉRABLES is Sunday, March 23. Additional casting, including the roles of “Marius,” “Cosette,” “Enjolras” and the “Thenardiers,” will be announced in the coming weeks.
Said Cameron Mackintosh, “The success of LES MISÉRABLES across America and around the world has been beyond my dreams, so I am thrilled to bring the show back to Broadway 27 years after the original production with some of the finest contemporary talents in the American theatre today. Ramin Karimloo first played “Jean Valjean” for me in London over a year ago and earlier this month opened in the same role to tremendous acclaim in his home city Toronto. As “Javert,” he is matched by the magnetic Will Swenson who was such a sensation as “Berger” in Hair alongside our “Fantine,” the charismatic Caissie Levy. And Tony Award®-winning Nikki James will undoubtedly break hearts as “Eponine” fresh from her triumph in The Book of Mormon. The rest of the company is shaping up to be just as exciting and I can’t wait for rehearsals to begin.”
This newly re-imagined LES MISÉRABLES is still breaking box-office records and receiving rave reviews across North America, grossing more than $160 million. It is currently being performed at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, starring a Canadian, Ramin Karimloo, as “Jean Valjean.” 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 in Spain and 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.
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.