About the possibility of stepping into the role of Valjean, rock tenor Pascal told Playbill.com, "Well, I have wanted to play Valjean because I just want to be Hugh Jackman when I grow up. Seriously, it's a brilliant score and so satisfying as a singer to perform. The fan page was started by a fan who saw me sing 'Bring Him Home' at one of my gigs. I never considered it a viable platform for awareness about me potentially doing the role, but after Ramin announced his departure date, I figured maybe the fact that the page exists at all might give me an edge in getting the part… if the powers that be pay any attention to that sort of thing."
In addition to creating roles in Rent and Aida, Pascal has also stepped into the Broadway productions of Cabaret, Chicago and Memphis. He is also a successful recording artist; his most recent recording is entitled "Blinding Light."
Watch Pascal sing "Bring Him Home" below:
Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Les Misérables opened on Broadway March 23, 2014, at The Imperial Theatre.
Les Miz is written by Boublil and Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton. The original orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.
The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with set and image design by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections realized by Fifty-Nine Productions. Musical staging is by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, and musical direction is by James Lowe.