Broadhurst Theatre, (11/09/2006 - 1/06/2008)

First Preview: Oct 24, 2006
Opening Date: Nov 09, 2006
Closing Date: Jan 06, 2008
Total Previews: 17
Total Performances: 463

Category: Musical, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Setting: In France: Digne, 1815; Montreuil-Sur-Mer, 1823; Montfermeil, 1823; Paris, 1832.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh

Original London production by Cameron Mackintosh and The Royal Shakespeare Company (Terry Hands, Artistic Director)

Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer; Based on the novel by Victor Hugo; Original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel; Additional material by James Fenton; New Orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke; Co - Orchestrator: Stephen Metcalfe; Original orchestrations by John Cameron; Musical Director: Kevin Stites

Directed and Adapted by John Caird and Trevor Nunn; Associate Director: Shaun Kerrison and Fred Hanson

Scenic Design by John Napier; Lighting Design by David Hersey; Costume Design by Andreane Neofitou; Sound Design by Jon Weston, Andrew Bruce and Autograph; Associate Lighting Design: Ted Mather; Associate Costume Design: Rick Kelly; Hair Design by Tom Watson; Moving Lights Programmer: Alan Boyd and Robert Halliday; Associate Scenic Design (UK): Sue Jenkinson DiAmico and Matt Kinley; Associate Costume Design (UK): Elise Napier

Executive Producer: Nicholas Allott, Matthew Dalco and Fred Hanson; General Manager: Alan Wasser Associates, Allan Williams and Robert Nolan; Company Manager: Abra Stanley Leonard; Associate Co. Mgr: Steve Greer and Christopher D'Angelo

Technical Production Manager: Jake Bell; Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro; Stage Manager: Charles Underhill and Jim Athens

Orchestral Adaptation: Stephen Brooker; Musical Supervisor: Stephen Brooker; Conducted by Kevin Stites; Associate Conductor: Paul Raiman; Flute/Piccolo/Alto Flute/Alto Recorder: Bob Bush; Oboe/English Horn: Laura Wallis; Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Tenor Recorder: Jonathan Levine; Trumpet/Flugel: Timothy Schadt; Bass Trombone/Tuba: Chris Olness; French Horn: Brad Gemeinhardt, Sara Cyrus and Michael Atkinson; Violin: Martin Agee; Viola: Debra Shufelt-Dine; Cello: Clay C. Ruede; Bass: Dave Phillips; Mallets/Timpani/Percussion: Charles Descarfino; Keyboards: Paul Raiman and Annbritt duChateau; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Music Copyists: Emily Grishman Music Preparation; Synthesizer Programmer: Stuart Andrews

Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Dance Captain: Matt Clemens; Movement Consultant: Kate Flatt; General Press Representative: The Publicity Office; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Michael Le Poer Trench and Joan Marcus; Associate Casting Director: Dunja Vitolic

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Opening Night Cast

Gary BeachThénardier
Alexander GemignaniJean Valjean
(Oct 24, 2006 - Jul 22, 2007)
Norm LewisJavert
Daphne Rubin-VegaFantine
Ali EwoldtCosette
Whore
Jenny Galloway
Broadway Debut
Madame Thénardier
Adam Jacobs
Broadway Debut
Marius
Celia Keenan-BolgerEponine
Whore
Aaron LazarEnjolras
Tess AdamsYoung Cosette
Alternate
Young Eponine
Alternate
Becca AyersWoman Worker
Whore
Daniel BogartCombeferre
Worker
Bamatabois
Justin BohonJoly
Worker
Sailor
Major Domo
Kate ChapmanWoman Worker
Madame
Brian D'AddarioGavroche
Alternate
Nikki Renée DanielsWoman Worker
Madeleine
Whore
Karen ElliottWoman Worker
Innkeeper's Wife
Old Woman
Old Beggar Woman
Blake GintherFeuilly
Worker
J.D. GoldblattMontparnasse
Thénardier's Gang
Labourer
Worker
Pimp
Kylie Liya GoldsteinYoung Cosette
Alternate
Young Eponine
Alternate
Marya GrandyWoman Worker
Crone
Victor W. HawksBrujon
Thénardier's Gang
Worker
Sailor
Robert HuntCourfeyrac
Foreman
Champmathieu
Nehal JoshiLesgles
Constable
Worker
Sailor
Jeff KreadyBabet
Thénardier's Gang
Constable
Worker
Fauchelevent
Doug KreegerJean Prouvaire
Farmer
Worker
James Chip LeonardClaquesous
Thénardier's Gang
Bishop of Digne
Worker
Jacob LevineGavroche
(Nov 09, 2006 - Mar 15, 2007)
Megan McGinnisWoman Worker
Whore
Austyn Myers
Broadway Debut
Gavroche
Alternate
Drew SarichGrantaire
Innkeeper
Worker
Carly Rose SonenclarYoung Eponine
Alternate
Young Cosette
Alternate
Haviland StillwellWhore
Factory Girl
Idara VictorWhore
Woman Worker

Swings: Matt Clemens, Marissa McGowan, Q. Smith and Stephen Trafton

Understudies: Daniel Bogart (Marius), Nikki Renée Daniels (Fantine), Karen Elliott (Madame Thénardier), Victor W. Hawks (Jean Valjean), Robert Hunt (Javert), Jeff Kready (Jean Valjean), Doug Kreeger (Marius), James Chip Leonard (Thénardier), Megan McGinnis (Eponine), Marissa McGowan (Eponine), Drew Sarich (Enjolras, Javert), Haviland Stillwell (Fantine) and Idara Victor (Cosette)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2007 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh

 2007 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Aaron Lazar

 2007 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Celia Keenan-Bolger

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Prologue
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
The Company
Soliloquy
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Jean Valjean
At the End of the Day
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Unemployed and Factory Workers
I Dreamed a Dream
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Fantine
Lovely Ladies
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Ladies and Clients
Who Am I?
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Jean Valjean
Come to Me
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Fantine and Jean Valjean
Castle on a Cloud
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Young Cosette
Master of the House
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Thénardier, Madame Thénardier and Customers
Thénardier Waltz (of Treachery)
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Thénardier, Madame Thénardier and Jean Valjean
Look Down
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Gavroche and Beggars
Stars
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Javert
Red and Black
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Enjolras, Marius and Students
Do You Hear the People Sing
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Enjolras, Students and Citizens
In My Life
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Cosette, Jean Valjean, Marius and Eponine
A Heart Full of Love
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Cosette, Marius and Eponine
One Day More
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
The Company
ACT 2 Sung By
On My Own
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Eponine
A Little Fall of Rain
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Eponine and Marius
Drink with Me to Days Gone By
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Grantaire, Students and Women
Bring Him Home
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Jean Valjean
Dog Eats Dog
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Thénardier
Soliloquy (Javert's Suicide)
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Javert
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Marius
Wedding Chorale
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Guests
Beggars at the Feast
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
Thénardier and Madame Thénardier
Finale
(lyrics by Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer)
The Company

Reviews


AP: "A 'Les Miz' clear in story and song"

The barricades still hold.

It's been around for some two decades now, but "Les Miserables," the sprawling musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel about good and evil, revolution and romance, retains its power to entertain and move an audience.

What stands out most forcefully in this revival, which opened Thursday at the Broadhurst Theatre, is its clarity of story and song. The show, which only ended its original Broadway run in 2003, has returned with a sterling cast and new orchestrations (by Christopher Jahnke) that allow the lyrics of the sung-through musical to be heard pretty much in their entirety.

Don't expect a radical reinterpretation of the show, though. Most of its original collaborators, including co-director John Caird and the first design team, are back. Yet the Broadhurst is a smaller theater than the Broadway and the Imperial, the two houses where "Les Miserables" played during its initial New York run.

So there is an unexpected feeling of intimacy to the sweeping story of Jean Valjean. He is the moral center of Hugo's historical tale, which is set in early 19th-century France. "Intimate" may be not the first word to come to mind when you think of "Les Miserables," yet there is a closeness to the people on stage in this production that makes the rapid-fire unfolding of events all the more vivid.

That closeness puts an additional pressure on the cast, but these folks handle the proximity to the audience with considerable skill. Alexander Gemignani is a credible, heartfelt Jean Valjean, unjustly imprisoned and a man on the run for much of life. If he has to work hard to hit those high notes in his big number, "Bring Him Home," Gemignani nevertheless is secure in what is one of the most demanding roles in musical theater.

As Inspector Javert, Valjean's persistent nemesis, Norm Lewis is exceptional - icy in his portrayal of the villain's determination and yet careful not to turn the man into a snarling caricature.

The supporting cast has been chosen with care. The most startling, some might say problematic, is Daphne Rubin-Vega, who delivers a breathy, very modern interpretation of Fantine. She's the dying prostitute whose daughter, Cosette, is raised by Valjean. Rubin-Vega's voice has a raspy, tremulous quality that, coupled with her fine acting, effectively conveys the woman's doom.

Even better is Celia Keenan-Bolger, a touching, vulnerable Eponine, the "other woman" In the love triangle that involves Cosette (Ali Ewoldt) and that fervent student Marius (Adam Jacobs). To their credit, Ewoldt and Jacobs are able to inject personality into these impassioned lovers, the most formulaic roles in the musical.

Gary Beach and Jenny Galloway know where the laughs are as the avaricious Thenardiers, those parasites who feed off the misfortunes of others. Beach, in particular, is disturbingly creepy, also conveying the nastiness of a man who, in lesser hands, would just be comic relief.

And, yes, the show's famous swirling turntable still seems to be in perpetual motion. Set designer John Napier uses it to quickly move the action from prison to factory to bordello to the barricades and sewers of Paris.

One of the reasons for the overwhelming popularity of "Les Miserables" is that the majesty of Hugo's story, adapted here by Alain Boubill and Claude-Michel Schonberg, is matched by the majesty of their score. Its melodies are as grandiose as the story, stirring, tuneful and totally capturing the emotion of the moment.

That emotion is most obvious in the show's large choral numbers, those led by the young revolutionary Enjolras, portrayed here by a vocal powerhouse named Aaron Lazar. There may not be a more thrilling number than the show's flag-waving, first act finale, "One Day More." The whole company - not only those students but Valjean and other principals - come together physically and melodically to recapitulate the hope that infuses Hugo's gargantuan tale.


AP
11/09/2006

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Broadhurst Theatre

(11/9/2006 - 1/6/2008)
Cello: Laura Bontrager; Assistant Conductor: Mat Eisenstein; Keyboards: Mat Eisenstein.

Cast

Don Brewer
Champmathieu
Courfeyrac
Foreman
Sailor
Mandy Bruno
Eponine (Apr 24, 2007 - circa. Jun 2007)
Ben Crawford
Foreman
Brujon
Thénardier's Gang
Champmathieu
Anderson Davis
Constable
Lesgles
Sailor
Worker
Ben Davis
Javert (Apr 24, 2007 - circa. Jun 2007)
Carlos L. Encinias
Feuilly
Worker
Mike Evariste
Labourer
Pimp
Worker
Montparnasse
Thénardier's Gang
Christy Faber
Crone
Woman Worker
Rona Figueroa
Madeleine
Whore
Woman Worker
Ann Harada
Madame Thénardier (Apr 24, 2007 - Oct 28, 2007)
Jeremy Hays
Bamatabois
Combeferre
Worker
Leah Horowitz
Cosette (? - Jan 6, 2008)
Whore (? - Jan 6, 2008)
Robert Hunt
Javert (Jul 6, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008)
Judy Kuhn
Fantine (Oct 23, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008)
Megan McGinnis
Eponine (Jun 18, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008)
Michael Minarik
Grantaire (? - Jul 1, 2007)
Guard (? - Jul 1, 2007)
Innkeeper (? - Jul 1, 2007)
Worker (? - Jul 1, 2007)
John Owen-Jones
Jean Valjean (Oct 23, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008)
Zach Rand
Gavroche Alternate
Kristine Reese
Female Ensemble
Joye Ross
Innkeeper's Wife (? - Jul 1, 2007)
Old Woman
Kaylie Rubinaccio
Young Eponine Alternate
Young Cosette Alternate
Lea Salonga
Fantine (Mar 6, 2007 - Oct 21, 2007)
Drew Sarich
Javert Alternate
(? - Jul 22, 2007)
Jean Valjean (Jul 23, 2007 - ?)
Lucia Spina
Female Ensemble
Madame
Kevin David Thomas
Sailor
Worker
Joly
Major Domo
Max von Essen
Enjolras (Apr 24, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008)
Cortney Wolfson
Female Ensemble
Whore
Woman Worker
Chip Zien
Thénardier (Jun 29, 2007 - ?)

Understudies: Becca Ayers (Madame Thénardier), Don Brewer (Enjolras), Ben Crawford (Javert, Jean Valjean), Anderson Davis (Enjolras), Rona Figueroa (Fantine), Marissa McGowan (Cosette), Michael Minarik (Thénardier, Javert), Carly Rose Sonenclar (Gavroche), Cortney Wolfson (Eponine).


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