After 15 Years, National Tour of Les Miz Goes Silent June 15; Barricades Rise in Fall

News   After 15 Years, National Tour of Les Miz Goes Silent June 15; Barricades Rise in Fall After touring North America consistently since 1988, the third national company of Les Misérables, the Cameron Mackintosh-produced musical, will take a summer hiatus after its Utah engagement ends June 15.

Fans who lamented the closing of the Broadway production May 18 shouldn't cry: The tour will be reconstituted in September and continue into 2004.

The staging will continue as an Equity production, a spokesperson previously told Playbill On-Line.

The troupe will play large and small markets, including repeat venues where fans have made the show an annual or biennial tradition.

A spokesperson told Playbill On-Line the troupe will still be referred to as the third national despite the fact that there aren't other Cameron Mackintosh-produced versions of the musical playing the U.S. This layoff is the first in the 15-year history of this touring company, which launched November 1988.

Les Miz returns to the road Sept. 9, for an engagement at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, to Sept. 21. Bookings continue to July 2004. The final stop before the summer break is the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, where performances began June 4.

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For the record, the current national tour company includes Ivan Rutherford (as Valjean), Stephen Tewksbury (Javert), Tonya Dixon (Fantine), Nicole Riding (Eponine), Dallyn Vail Bayles (Enjolras), Scott Hunt (Marius), Amanda Huddleston (Cosette), Michael Hayward-Jones (Thénardier), Jodi Capeless (Madame Thénardier), Skylar Harden, Erika Kiyomi Johnson (Young Cosette/Young Eponine), Justen Steinagle, Erik Tolman Ward (Gavroche), Alex Lubliner (Montparnasse), Daniel Bogart (Babet), David Michael Felty (Brujon), Stephen Colella (Claquesous), Brian Neal Clark (Combeferre), John-Andrew Clark (Feuilly), Steve Gannon (Courfeyrac), Matthew Teague Miller (Joly), Paul Truckey (Grantaire), Michael St. John (Lesgles), Jerry Jay Cranford (Jean Prouvaire), Linda Pierson Huff (Factory Girl), with Anne Buelteman, Leslie Henstock, Linda Pierson Huff, Ashley Jarrett, Melina Marie Kalomas, Stella Lee, Melissa Lyons, Victoria Oscar and swings Matt Clemens, Kip Driver, Lisa Morris, Shahara Ray.

For more information, visit www.lesmis.com.