Celia Keenan-Bolger, who received a 2005 Tony Award nomination Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her current role as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will play Eponine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables.The new Cameron Mackintosh production of Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Les Miz begins performances Oct. 24 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
The show's official opening is Nov. 9. Rehearsals for the staging, directed by co-creator John Caird, begin Sept. 18.
In addition to Spelling Bee, for which she also received a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award (as part of the ensemble) Keenan-Bolger's stage credits include Michael John LaChiusa's Little Fish (Second Stage), Kindertransport (MTC) and Summer of '42 (Variety Arts). Regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), Emily in Our Town (Intiman Theatre) and Clara in the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza (Goodman Theatre).
Keenan-Bolger joins the previously announced Alexander Gemignani (Valjean), Norm Lewis (Javert), Gary Beach (Thenardier), Daphne Rubin Vega (Fantine), Jenny Galloway (Madame Thenardier), Aaron Lazar (Enjolras), Adam Jacobs (Marius) and Ali Ewoldt (Cosette).
Lea Michele was originally announced to play Eponine, but pulled out in order to move to Broadway with the new musical Spring Awakening, in which she appeared at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company.