The revival at the Imperial Theatre is a re-imagined telling of the classic Victor Hugo tale, with Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. He’s best known for his work on London’s West End.
Tony Award nominee Will Swenson plays his determined pursuer Inspector Javert.
Caissie Levy plays Jean Valjean’s daughter Fantine and Tony Award winner Nikki M. James is Eponine.
Rounding out the principal cast, Andy Mientus is Marius with Samantha Hill in the role of Cosette. Kyle Scatliffe plays Enjolras and Cliff Saunders and Keala Settle are the Thenardiers.
Early reviews are trending positive. Variety says unlike the tentative 2006 revival, the latest production “is a solid piece of theatrical architecture, built to survive every critical arrow shot through its heart.”
“It’s beautifully sung and acted — Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy and Nikki M. James as leads can do no wrong — and the clever sets, superb lighting and moving projections highlight a creative team fully embracing Victor Hugo’s epic novel about good and evil, revolution and romance, in 19th-century France,” gushes the Associated Press.
This is the third revival of the classic musical. The original Broadway production opened in 1987 and ran until May 2003, racking up an impressive 6,680 performances, making it fifth in the annals of longest-running Broadway shows.
With a popular 2012 movie still fresh in peoples’ minds, the show is creating lots of buzz. After all, what’s Broadway without Les Miz?
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