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Moci

Les Mis to Be Revamped...

... for 25th Anniversary U.K./International Tour, according to Playbill.com

It appears that there'll be new direction, new sets, new sound, new lighting etc.

CamMac wrote:
In a press statement, producer Cameron Mackintosh said, "To celebrate 25 years of Les Misérables I cannot think of a better gift to the show than to deliver a brand new production, just like I did with my critically acclaimed national tours of Mary Poppins and Miss Saigon. For this new production, not only has Victor Hugo inspired Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical adaptation, he has also provided, through some of his extraordinary artwork, the inspiration for the spectacular new sets."


Venues announced so far are:

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre
11/12/09-16/01/10

Manchester, Palace Theatre
19/01/10-13/02/10

Norwich, Theatre Royal
16/02/10-20/03/10

Birmingham, Hippodrome
23/03/10-17/04/10

Edinburgh, Playhouse
20/04/10-15/05/10

Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet
26/05/10-04/07/10



A couple of casting rumours that are floating around, but which should be taken with a pinch of salt for now are John Owen Jones as Valjean (at least for the Cardiff engagement) and Gareth Gates as Marius.
kozafluitmusique

Revamped again???

I wish I could audition for it ... although I wouldn't make it.
The Very Angry Woman

Well, we all know the Les Miz PTB's last idea of "revamped" meant a new dress for Cosette and making the orchestra sound like an elementary school band at the county fair. I wonder if that's changed.
Fantine

Haha. Indeed. I have my doubts as well.
music is my life!!!

I am so there Cool lol As much as i think this would be a great way to get this musical more well-known (i mean amongst non-MT people), Les Mis is perfect as it is - why change it?
Monsieur D'Arque

Well, a fixed staging for twenty-some years gets old. It's not being rewritten, just re-staged and re-directed.
music is my life!!!

^ i know, but still.... it's been so successful for 24 years, even though there are some ways the direction could be improved at times... Confused
Fantine

Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
re-staged and re-directed.


And that is precisely what I doubt. It doesn't mention re-staging or direction...
Moci

Fantine wrote:
Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
re-staged and re-directed.


And that is precisely what I doubt. It doesn't mention re-staging or direction...


It could just be another marketing ploy by Uncle Cam, but it seems as if there's going to be at least some re-staging going on

"The new production will be directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell and designed by Matt Kinley, inspired by the works of Victor Hugo and John Napier. Original costumes are by Andreane Neofitou, with lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter."

Of course, it could just mean that they're acting as resident directors of Trevor Nunn's direction as both James Powell and Laurence Connor have previously been resident director of the London production.

It also seems that the sets will be redesigned although still retaining the John Napier influence, but with costumes remaining the same. Probably any different elements will be to allow the show to tour more easily, as opposed to being for a creative re-invigoration.
Quique

The show, as originally staged, is still pretty expensive to mount even by today's standards. I'm sure it's just Cameron trying to downsize the production to save a buck and squeeze the most profit out of it as possible, just as he did with the Bwy revival. He wouldn't have bothered bringing it back to Bwy in its original form had he not had the 3rd national tour available, I bet.
Catherine

I'm still going to see this.
Moci

Quique wrote:
The show, as originally staged, is still pretty expensive to mount even by today's standards. I'm sure it's just Cameron trying to downsize the production to save a buck and squeeze the most profit out of it as possible, just as he did with the Bwy revival. He wouldn't have bothered bringing it back to Bwy in its original form had he not had the 3rd national tour available, I bet.


I'm guessing that that's correct. The show as it stands would, at least in the slightly reduced form playing at in Queen's, be able to fit into all the theatres that have been announced so far. Another message board was speculating that because of the very short loading time between the venues, the turntable is being removed...
Orestes Fasting

Am I the only one who realized that this tour is going to be in Paris... at the Théâtre du Châtelet which is a stone's throw from the Rue Mondétour... on Barricade Day?

That timing just had to be intentional. Very Happy

This is also, unless I'm horribly mistaken, the first time Les Mis will be in Paris in about nineteen years. Don't think it's been back there since the revival--and I don't think that production made it all the way to June 5.



...anyone wanna have a meetup? I can play tour guide in Paris and find discounts on theatre tickets/train fares/hotels if need be. It would be the best Barricade Day EVAR.
Eppie-Sue

Mate, you're right. And I love it.
I should be in London during the time the tour, so I'll definitely go to see one performance... aaand by global measures, London is also a stone's throw away from Paris, so I'm definitely planning on seeing it on Barricade's Day and YES we should definitely meet up!

I still don't get it, though... all they'll do is a revamped!tour? and they'll get other actors than the current London performers, obviously...!?
I was hoping for an actual anniversary performance in London. Performance as in stage direction and acting and awesomeness with a big screen on Trafalgar Square and thousands of people watching the simulcast, just like they do it with some events from the Royal Ballet...
Orestes Fasting

Wait, are you going to see it in London or Paris on Barricade Day? Because I'm sorry, mate, even if there's a London meetup, nothing short of a cholera epidemic could keep me from being in Paris then. Laughing

But yes, I smell a Paris meetup in the works. Big group of crazy fans spending all day tracking down the barricade and the Gorbeau tenement and the Rue de la Verrerie and such and then heading down to see the show in the evening.
Eppie-Sue

No, no, I will be in London at the time (uni) but I'll go to Paris on Barricade Day to see it. Hopefully. And it will be epic. We should carry red flags and shout "Down with Polignac!" and all.
Orestes Fasting

Oh we should definitely carry red flags. I heard that at the final performance of the 1991 Paris production, there were fans in the audience with red flags, and it'd be neat to see if anyone remembers that.

>____> Since I'll be studying in Paris and doing a lot of travel and hopefully seeing the show in London at some point, I'll be on the prowl for Eurostar discounts. Shall I let you know if I find any?
Eppie-Sue

Orestes Fasting wrote:
Oh we should definitely carry red flags. I heard that at the final performance of the 1991 Paris production, there were fans in the audience with red flags, and it'd be neat to see if anyone remembers that.

Now this? Is Awesome. Come to think of it, we should get sideburns at some costume/theatre shop... and The Vest. And since I got the 24601 shirt in London recently, that, too.

Orestes Fasting wrote:
>____> Since I'll be studying in Paris and doing a lot of travel and hopefully seeing the show in London at some point, I'll be on the prowl for Eurostar discounts. Shall I let you know if I find any?

That's a great idea, thank you so much!

by the way: When are you going to move to Paris? Because I'm dying to go and see the show in London with some fellow Mizzies, and honestly, you're my hero, so that would be brilliant.
Orestes Fasting

Quote:
by the way: When are you going to move to Paris? Because I'm dying to go and see the show in London with some fellow Mizzies, and honestly, you're my hero, so that would be brilliant.


Mademoiselle, you make me blush. Laughing

I'm going to Paris in the last week of August, but I'll probably take a bit of time to get my feet under me. So, some weekend in mid-September?
Eppie-Sue

No need to blush. Mr. Green Besides, your username is genius.

mid-September sounds perfect, I'll move to London about the same time you're moving to Paris (look at us, all in Les Miz frenzy... hello - Paris! I envy you!) and I can't wait to see the show again!
Orestes Fasting

Pfft, no need to envy, if I can come to London to see Les Mis you can come to Paris to see the Victor Hugo museum. You could even stop in Montreuil-sur-Mer on your way back--it's in the same region as Calais.

(Okay, maybe I'm making European travel out to be easier than it really is, but can you really blame an American for being shocked that she can traverse the whole of Switzerland in about half the time it takes to get from New York to Washington DC?)
Eppie-Sue

Wink Ah, just a bit easier, the Switzerland thing is true, though... and extremely weird to think about, because I'm just so used to European scales of distance. But getting from London to Paris and vice versa should be fine, although not that inexpensive, so I'll have to see if Eurostar or one of the cheap airlines is better.
Orestes Fasting

Translating back and forth between American and European distances is fun though. Like, to go see the closing show of the US 3rd national tour, I drove--and I won't pretend this isn't crazy--a distance roughly analogous to driving from Paris to Warsaw. And that was only halfway across the country.
lesmisloony

I suddenly have even more interest in getting in to the summer session in Paris next year...
Moci

I'm probably going to be working in France next year- I've not got my contract through yet, but if it extends until June, then I'm so there.
Eppie-Sue

@Orestes Fasting, lesmislooney: Honestly - Paris might just implode with the combined forces of both your awesomenesses together in the city and Les Mis on stage at the same time. It would be the ultimate Barricade Day. ... Have I mentioned that I'm fangirling you?
Catherine

Orestes Fasting wrote:
Am I the only one who realized that this tour is going to be in Paris... at the Théâtre du Châtelet which is a stone's throw from the Rue Mondétour... on Barricade Day?

That timing just had to be intentional. Very Happy

This is also, unless I'm horribly mistaken, the first time Les Mis will be in Paris in about nineteen years. Don't think it's been back there since the revival--and I don't think that production made it all the way to June 5.



...anyone wanna have a meetup? I can play tour guide in Paris and find discounts on theatre tickets/train fares/hotels if need be. It would be the best Barricade Day EVAR.


If I have the money I'll definitely give you a shout. It would be amazing.

Screw that, I'll get the money. Barricade day with Loony and Orestes and this new person who I've decided I love? YES.
Yeah... I went off Les Mis for a bit... I feel a chance in the wind, lovelies.
lizavert

This gives me a perfect excuse to finally get my passport! I, with any luck, will be joining you guys.

Assuming I can get the money to go in time.

I will get the money in time.
Catherine

^haha, see that's my attitude! And it's on a Sunday next year... will it be playing? But hooray it's the weekend! If I don't ghave an exam the next day/week, I'm definitely going.
bigR

I know I've been desapeared for quite a while (I'm also kind of lost in another century of french history), but no way I'm missing the show in Paris Smile
lesmisloony

Hurray because you're back and because you're on board!
Jekkienumber24601

They can change anything but Enjolras' vest.
SianZena

I'm so going to see this when it comes to Manchester.
But I'm not too keen on the whole Gareth Gates casting :S
UKDeer42

SianZena wrote:
I'm so going to see this when it comes to Manchester.
But I'm not too keen on the whole Gareth Gates casting :S


Yeah I'm not keen on the Gareth Gates casting either. I bet that most of the seats will dissapear from all of his fangirls, who'll leave by Castle On A Cloud out of boredom... or maybe they'll give him princichorus roles (obviously chorus roles that are overegged to make the star more obvious like leaving a gap for him to stand obviously on his own and sign or something), but that's my paranoid mind running overtime...

I WAS considering seeing it at the Palace Theatre until I heard that the Rocky Horror Show is showing in December - I'm not saying that it's better than Les Miz (on the contrary) but it's just that I love the movie and I've never seen RHS live yet I've seen the London production of Les Miz and a touring production can't compare to a West End one, right?
Eppie-Sue

Okay so... from what I hear, the show is going to be completely different (sets, blocking, some orchestration, everything) and I've got casting news that might interest you all...

Jon Robyns will be playing Enjolras.
Madeleine

Eppie-Sue wrote:
Jon Robyns will be playing Enjolras.


Shocked

Now that I would like to see. I can't really picture it, but he's very talented and I'm sure he will be fantastic.


I really must get some tickets booked. I hear Cardiff is sold out already!
eponine5

Now that is casting I didn't expect! I don't quite know why. But now that I think about it, he might make a better Enjolras than he did a Marius.

Have any of the female cast been announced yet?
aquirkofmatter

Eppie-Sue wrote:
I've got casting news that might interest you all...

Jon Robyns will be playing Enjolras.

(If I'm honest I really can't see it, but) THAT JUST MADE ME SO EXCITED Very Happy
So excited, in fact, that at 1 o'clock in the morning I ran upstairs and banged on my housemate's door to wake her up and tell her. She wasn't quite as excited as I am [or as happy!]
Eppie-Sue

The sole fact that we already know who will be tour!Enjolras makes me really happy. And let's just say it could have been so much worse than Jon! I mean, Jon is... I'm not sure if I can hear him do, IKD, "Lamarque is dead", but I have a feeling the characterisation will be pretty spot-on.
Mr. Green
aquirkofmatter

Exactly! It could have been far worse than Jon! And he must have done something right to get through the audition - let's say he's obviously got a great Enjolras-mentor Wink
flying_pigs

Wow! I was not expecting that! But go Jon! I'm sure he'll be great! Although right now it's quite hard to imagine him as Enjolras after seeing his Marius and fangirling over DT for the past few years!
Eppie-Sue

I'm really excited for Jon, actually. And I just found out that the last day of summer exams will be 4 June xD so I'd be done just in time for Barricade Day, and I think I deserve a treat after the exams... so maybe I can convince my parents to help me pay for my trip to Paris, we'll see. Then I'll do the Barricade Day I in London/Barricade Day II in Paris thing.
Joooon!
aworthyboyishe

Eppie-Sue wrote:
I'm really excited for Jon, actually. And I just found out that the last day of summer exams will be 4 June xD so I'd be done just in time for Barricade Day, and I think I deserve a treat after the exams... so maybe I can convince my parents to help me pay for my trip to Paris, we'll see. Then I'll do the Barricade Day I in London/Barricade Day II in Paris thing.
Joooon!


luckkkkkkkkkkkkkkyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
o_-
Eppie-Sue

So, now we know who understudy Fantine is going to be:
BBC News/Wales: Teenager's 'dream' Les Mis start (ugh, the "dream" reference. fail.)

Good for her!
pastaeater

Wow! So pleased to hear about Jon - and thrilled that I booked my Birmingham tickets in August! (There weren't many left even then).
aquirkofmatter

pastaeater wrote:
Wow! So pleased to hear about Jon - and thrilled that I booked my Birmingham tickets in August! (There weren't many left even then).


Yeah, me too! I've booked for Cardiff and Birmingham and my friend and I are sat in two singles because that was pretty much all there was left!
flying_pigs

From Gareth Gates's Twitter:

Quote:
Just on my way to find me a Cosette! Its the final auditions for my leading lady and I'm going down to sing with them Very Happy x
OldDeuteronomy

if it ain't broke DON'T FIX IT!
Eppie-Sue

... I get your point, but it's not like they're changing anything about the actual production in London, they're just taking a different route with the tour and look what they can do. Seeing as the show in London and the tour will be running parallely, it should be no problem, should it?
Elbow

I always think it's rather interesting to see things done differently.
lesmisloony

I didn't realise until I saw the show in Québec just how broke the replica production is.

It's hard to pay attention to or be moved by something when you know exactly what you're going to see ten minutes before you see it.
Quique

Meh. To me, the original production obviously holds a special place.

Change is good. But only if it will be an improvement over the original, and not just for the sake of "change," because often times, those changes pale in comparison and ruin the moment.

And if it truly does turn out to be an improvement--which to me, would mean it'd be staged more effectively--even die-hard fans of the original would eagerly agree. I don't care about scale, turntables, or massive hunks of moving garbage. Sure, they're nice and add to the excitement but apart from the barricade, the original is really very simple. And that, I feel, is one of its strengths. Why people focus so much on the silly barricade is beyond me. I find the way the show flows, as directed by Nunn and Caird, and the effectiveness of its spare staging, the most visually impressive thing. It's amazing how powerful moments like "Who Am I?" "Come To Me," "At the End of the Day," "Lovely Ladies," "One Day More," and the finale are without much more than a few pieces of furniture and suggestive lighting. Not even choreography...but just a simple march in place, a sudden lunge forward at the crescendo, or a slow walk toward the audience at the end is all this show needs.
Eppie-Sue

I totally agree and I love the simplicity of the staging, and I actually don't think it could be done much better, but as I said, the tour production is not meant to replace the original production at one point, but simply to see what can be done today, which new angles can be used and brought to stage.
That said, I'm absolutely with you on the
Quote:
just a simple march in place, a sudden lunge forward at the crescendo, or a slow walk toward the audience at the end is all this show needs.
- it can't be done any better, its sheer beauty can't be matched. But I'm willing to give them a chance as they try to take a different route.
Quique

I'm not against changes, as long as I don't have to see them, LOL. J/K.

It's great that the show is given a fresh look or new perspective at regional theatres. I certainly don't expect to see a production clone staged by my local civic light opera.

I just think it's silly that the original creative team keeps taking something that has worked for decades and thinks it could be somehow "fixed" or "reinvigorated." And we all know some of those changes are actually corner cutting and penny pinching.

Obviously the original can't be around forever. Not only is it expensive for smaller theatre companies, but even I will admit that the mobile barricades, as cool as they are, are highly unnecessary. If it were up to me, and a cheaper version was absolutely necessary, I'd send it out with all the simplicity of the original and a barricade that doesn't have to morph and crawl on and off stage, lol.

But to start, someone HAS to do something about that "Runaway Cart" sequence. Aiuhbwgrebcjkeuer g r.
Eppie-Sue

Hm? From what I've heard, the staging, the "revamping" for the tour will be anything but penny pinching and corner cutting. It will be totally new sets and new props and all. (I thought we were just talking about the tour here!)

Quique wrote:
But to start, someone HAS to do something about that "Runaway Cart" sequence. Aiuhbwgrebcjkeuer g r.

NOO! I love that sequence with all my heart. No changing, please. It's epic. Very Happy
Quique

Ack. It's over-the-top! LOL. I've tried sooo many times to like it. But I just can't. Back in the 90's, it was much longer. It's the one scene that deserved its cuts.

Anyway, I read that they are using Andreane's original costume designs. All of her designs can definitely be rethought. The only ones I feel should always be cloned are the ones for "Lovely Ladies." Can't imagine the scene without them. It's the one stroke of genius she added to the production.
Eppie-Sue

Quique wrote:
Anyway, I read that they are using Andreane's original costume designs. All of her designs can definitely be rethought. The only ones I feel should always be cloned are the ones for "Lovely Ladies." Can't imagine the scene without them. It's the one stroke of genius she added to the production.

and The Vest. Did she add The Vest? If yes, I will be forever thankful.

Yeeah, it's over-the-top, but I fangirl it so much. From the panicked cry ("LOOK OUT! IT'S A RUNAWAY CAAAAART!" God I love it.) to the pointless running around, to the awkward slow-mo to the overdramatic screams of agony from Fauchelevent. And it's actually not that bad from the BB 20-22 seats in London, I've found. Very Happy
Quique

You lucky biotch. You get to see the show whenever you feel like it. Yes, I'm bitter. What of it? LOL. Twisted Evil

Ahh. Yes. How could I forget The Vest.

I love that piece in the official production. But Lord knows how many regionals have miserably failed in recreating it. It always ends up looking like it's made of red and yellow felt, or something like that. Laughing
Eppie-Sue

Oh, I'm sorry! Neutral I didn't mean for it to sound all: "I've seen The Runaway Cart scene TWICE from every BB seat and it's best from the ones on the left"! (it wouldn't even be true)
- I thought it was cringeworthy when I first saw it from further back in June, but from BB it's pure brilliance. The looks on their faces are priceless.

Yeah, I only mean The Original Vest Of Enjolraic Doom. The recreations are horrible. But the original one... oh so, so pretty. Very Happy They can't change that! We all know Jon Robyns only auditioned for Enjolras because of The Vest.
Quique

No offense taken. Was just messing with you, hon. Very Happy

Anyway, it's 4:33 a.m. and I'm starting to see double. LOL.

Night all!
actor

Why isn't this coming to Sunderland or Newcastle??

Where is the closest production from where I am? Manchester?
Eppie-Sue

Already posted this in the London thread, but people might be looking here to get news about the tour:

Katie Hall will be playing Cosette, she's leaving the current London cast to go on tour.
realitybites

If it aint broke....

I'm with you - leave it alone - it's great the way it is.
aquirkofmatter

JOJ has posted on his twitter (after today's first day of rehearsals) that after leaving Paris the tour will be going to Bristol Very Happy
Katfeyrac

Does anyone know who is going to play Fantine? It should be known by now... I mean, the rehearsals have started already, haven't they?
flying_pigs

According to JOJ's Twitter, there won't be a revolve....
aquirkofmatter

flying_pigs wrote:
According to JOJ's Twitter, there won't be a revolve....


On Monday, he said: New set looks great - we really are reinventing the show! EXCITED!

If he's excited, then we're allowed to be Very Happy (and I'm intrigued, too! It'll look odd to see it without a revolve.)
l'ivrogne transfiguré

The revolve really helps with the problem of scale - getting the impression of the whole of Paris on a stage. I wonder if without it, the show will lose some of the 'epic'ness of the novel, which the current production still manages to keep a sense of.
We'll just have to wait and see...
Alexia Dark

Somewhat on that topic... what is JOJ's Twitter? I tried looking him up the other day, but I am not a user and could not find him.
aquirkofmatter

twitter.com/johnowenjones
l'ivrogne transfiguré

From Gareth Gates' Twitter:

Quote:
Yes I start rehearsals for Les Mis tomorrow. Can't wait. Just finished the book! ..so ready and raring to go! Better start warming up now! x


Promising start - at least he (hopefully) knows what he's doing if he's read the brick
Lauraa

^ I know, I feel a bit more optimistic about him cos of that Smile
Fantine

Well I'm curious Smile
davidntk

Hey guys!
I’ve just discovered who will be Fantine in this new production: Madalena Alberto (www.madalenaalberto.com). I watched her in OVER THE THRESHOLD and was REALLY GOOD!! She will be a fantastic Fantine!! I’m sure!
I’ve read it in this site, where you can also find the complete cast: http://www.todomusicales.com/content/content_english/1604/rehearsals-for-the-international-tour-celebrating-the-25th-anniversary-of-les-miserables-begin-in-london/
flying_pigs

Oooooooo!
Recognise a few names there! Including two from the OLC of Spring Awakening!
aquirkofmatter

Oooh, a full cast list! Very Happy

Rebecca McKinnis is going to be u/s Mme T. - I saw her as (u/s) Killer Queen in WWRY this summer, and she wasn't all that great Neutral Then again, KQ and Mme T. are very different!
And Michael Baxter the swing was Jon Robyns' MD at his cabarets - that man plays a mean piano! (Not that that really helps in Les Mis, but he does.)
l'ivrogne transfiguré

Quote:
Jon Robyns performed the role of Marius last season in London production of LES MISÉRABLES at Queen´s Theatre. Now, he will be his loyal friend Enjolras.


Enjolras is Marius' loyal friend????? Even the musical doesn't go that far, does it?
Eppie-Sue

Enjolras would have had Marius executed if he had kept up the "Oh, I will go and get bullets and make some chaos and question your authority!"... at least that's what I like to think.
(nah, kidding. Or am I?!)

And JOJ is not the youngest JVJ ever. Simon Shorten is Very Happy
Katfeyrac

Eppie-Sue wrote:
And JOJ is not the youngest JVJ ever. Simon Shorten is Very Happy


Quote:
In 1998, he became the youngest person ever to play the role of Jean Valjean full-time when he took over in the London production at the age of 26.


Smile Full-time.
Eppie-Sue

Bah humbug. xD They added that after I read it. Wink

How old is Rosalind James by the way?! With Katie being such a young Cosette, I'm wondering how that will work...
l'ivrogne transfiguré

I was wondering that - if she played Bet in 94 she must be 30+, which would be quite old. Age range for the role is given as 16-28.
eponine5

Wow I'm actually really excited about this production! I'm sure JOJ knows every inch of the London production so if he says the tour is reinventing the show I believe it. I heard about the no revolve thing a few months ago, and while I love it in the original production, I can see how getting rid of it would immediately free up creative thinking and allow a completley new design.

Apart from Gareth Gates they seem to have put together a really great cast! I also saw Madalena Alberto in Over The Threshold and she was amazing! I can definitely see her as a brilliant Fantine.

I have no idea how old Rosalind James is, but the Bets in that production were younger I think than in the current one so she certainly could still be in her 20s.
Orestes Fasting

Wait, how old is Simon Shorten? One of the Broadway revival understudies (Jeff Kready, who is awesomesticks and among my favorite Valjeans) was, I think, 24 when he first went on.
Eppie-Sue

Mr. Green Simon is 24, too. So it's a tie, I suppose... So funny, he could be Bowman's son.

(is this becoming off-topic? Naaaaah!)
Orestes Fasting

Eppie-Sue wrote:
Mr. Green Simon is 24, too. So it's a tie, I suppose... So funny, he could be Bowman's son.

(is this becoming off-topic? Naaaaah!)


Yeah, when I saw Jeff he was on for Ivan Rutherford, who's been a Les Mis alum for almost as long as Bowman has. Crazy stuff.

And yes, Ivan Rutherford was in the Bway revival. After Cammack dreamed up the Great Valjean Exchange Project and Drew went to London and JOJ went to Broadway, there was a two-week period where Drew was gone and JOJ was still rehearsing with the new cast. So they brought in Ivan as a temporary sub to avoid two weeks of understudies. And Ivan promptly got sick and sounded like crap, so we got understudies anyway, and that's when I got to see Jeff.

(Naaah, this is not off-topic at all. But it amuses me greatly that there are people for whom Bway revival and its revolving-door casting are ancient history, so I seize upon random pretexts to regale you with tales of the cast craziness.)
eponine5

I still feel sorry for JOJ for getting the worst side of the deal with that Valjean exchange. At first it seemed pretty equal, with him getting to make his Broadway debut and Drew Sarich getting the original orchestrations. And then there was the strike and then the show closed.

JOJ hasn't been in anything major since then has he?
l'ivrogne transfiguré

eponine5 wrote:
I have no idea how old Rosalind James is, but the Bets in that production were younger I think than in the current one so she certainly could still be in her 20s.


Google Rosalind James on images - her facebook profile image comes up (5th on top row when i do it). Do you think she'll look young enough?
Fantine

l'ivrogne transfiguré wrote:
eponine5 wrote:
I have no idea how old Rosalind James is, but the Bets in that production were younger I think than in the current one so she certainly could still be in her 20s.


Google Rosalind James on images - her facebook profile image comes up (5th on top row when i do it). Do you think she'll look young enough?


Yes I think she will.
aquirkofmatter

JOJ posted a photo of rehearsals today - everyone looks so... enthusiastic!
Ricey

aquirkofmatter wrote:
JOJ posted a photo of rehearsals today - everyone looks so... enthusiastic!

Is it really that fun? They all look so bored. But I suppose its because they are trying to concentrate. Either that or they are just daydreaming.
Eppie-Sue

Okay, I have to say something Mr. Green see the comment? That's Adam Linstead. And he's Grantaire. And anyone who participated in this work of genius has my blessings as R.
xD
aquirkofmatter

Ricey wrote:
aquirkofmatter wrote:
JOJ posted a photo of rehearsals today - everyone looks so... enthusiastic!

Is it really that fun? They all look so bored. But I suppose its because they are trying to concentrate. Either that or they are just daydreaming.


Sorry, it's quite difficult to convey sarcasm via the internet Rolling Eyes Yep, everyone looks bored outta their minds.
miraclemile

Had this waiting for me, as a nice welcome back from Scotland present, just now Smile

Jean Valjean: John Owen Jones
Javert: Earl Carpenter
Thénardier : Ashley Artus
Marius: Gareth Gates
Eponine: Rosalind James
Fantine: Madalena Alberto
Madame Thénardier: Lynne Wilmot
Enjolras: Jon Robyns
Cosette: Katie Hall

Factory Girl / Whore: Laura Tebbutt
Factory Foreman / Brujon: Jonathan Alden
Bamatabois / Claquesous: Carl Mullaney
Bishop of Digne / Legles: David Lawrence
Grantaire: Adam Linstead
Montparnasse: Luke Kempner
Babet / Dance Captain: Ian Caddick
Feuilly: Owain Williams
Joly: Rhidian Marc
Prouvaire: Jamie Muscato
Combeferre: David Covey
Courfreyac: Christopher Jacobsen
Madame: Rebecca McKinnis
Crone / Old Woman: Beth Davies
Crone 2: Vanessa Leagh Hicks
Waitress / Whore: Rhiannon Sarah Porter
Urchin / Whore 1: Victoria Farley
Urchin / Whore 2: Rosa O’Reilly
Urchin / Whore 3: Leigh Rhiannon Coggins

Female Swing: Gemma O’Duffy
Female Swing: Jo Loxton
Male Swing: Peter Manchester
Male Swing: Michael Baxter
Male Swing: Leighton Rafferty
The Very Angry Woman

WOW. I saw Madelena Alberto as Luisa in Zorro -- I can imagine she'd be a fantastic Fantine. (As awful as Zorro was, I liked most of the cast a great deal.)
Lauraa

John Owen Jones just posted this on his twitter:

Quote:
LM Fact No. 11: In this new version of the show, the opening scene is not set in prison...


Shocked I'm trying to think where else they could start it so the prologue makes sense, unless they go to the prison half way through the song or something...

Ahhh well, I can't wait anyway!
HannahM

Lauraa wrote:
John Owen Jones just posted this on his twitter:

Quote:
LM Fact No. 11: In this new version of the show, the opening scene is not set in prison...


Shocked I'm trying to think where else they could start it so the prologue makes sense, unless they go to the prison half way through the song or something...

Ahhh well, I can't wait anyway!

Perhaps they'll make them galley slaves... I know Valjean doesn't become a galley slave till later in the brick but it is plausible. Just an idea anyway.
MlleDaae9430

(first post, long time lurker here. Very Happy)
I saw that on JOJ's twitter this morning, and my initial reaction was Shocked. I could not for the life of me think of where they could start that made sense. However, an idea sprung.

Perhaps what they will do is open with Valjean walking through Digne, or already at the Bishop's house, maybe even already sleeping. It could be like it is in the book, where you're introduced to Valjean and then learn his back story...
Elbow

But... they're not changing the music, so that probably wouldn't work in context of "Look Down".

I am interested.

Gosh, it's going to be hard to avoid spoilers when the show actually starts and people have seen it. I usually like spoilers, but I think this time I'm going to try my best not to read anything about it until I've seen it.
Eppie-Sue

I have it on pretty good authority (good I love that intro) that they'll make them galley slaves Wink...
Lauraa

^ They really are revamping it then aren't they Very Happy That actually sounds pretty cool.
Do you know if they are making any other changes like that?
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