All those over 52 inches need not apply.
That's the caveat for upcoming open auditions for children's roles in Broadway and national tours of Les Miserables. Boys auditioning for Young Gavroche must be between 7-11 and less than 52 inches tall; girls auditioning for Young Cosette must be between 7-10 and less than 50 inches tall. No exceptions.
The open auditions will be held by Johnson-Liff Casting Saturday, May 2, at Michael Carson Studios, 250 West 54th St., 10th Floor. Children must sign up between 10-11 AM EST, with auditions starting promptly at 11.
Though no professional experience is required to audition, Actors' Equity members will be seen first. Kids will need a recent photo stapled to a resume and should prepare to sing one musical theatre song. (If the song isn't from Les Miz, bring your own sheet music.)
In other Les Miserables casting news, Craig Schulman, who has played the role of Jean Valjean more than any other actor, has returned to that role. Schulman racked up his 1,700 performances over the past decade in four companies and three countries, including six stints with the Broadway troupe. Schulman has also played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera. He assumed the role of Valjean March 3.
Since Apr. 15, Schulman has been joined on stage by Lisa Capps, who has succeeded Juliet Lambert in the role of Fantine. Capps performed the role on tour for two years, including the four weeks in early 1997 when the touring company played at Broadway's Imperial Theatre. Lambert will return to the part in June after a leave of absence.