Tour of Les Miz, in Revised 25th Anniversary Version, Hits 500th Performance

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The U.S. tour of Cameron Mackintosh's new 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables will celebrate its 500th performance 2 PM Feb. 12 at the Straz Center in Tampa, FL.

J. Mark McVey
J. Mark McVey

The new U.S. staging of the Victor Hugo-inspired international hit musical by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer began performances on Nov. 19, 2010, in a test run at Paper Mill Playhouse before launching on tour, showing off new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. In London, the original 1980s version of the show (directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird) is still going strong.

This new production (also seen on tour in the U.K., and soon to have a Canadian sitdown) is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions.

The original Les Misérables orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.

J. Mark McVey portrays the fugitive Jean Valjean. He is joined by Andrew Varela as Javert, Richard Vida as Thénardier, Shawna M. Hamic as Madame Thénardier, Betsy Morgan as Fantine, Jeremy Hays as Enjolras, Chasten Harmon as Éponine, Max Quinlan as Marius and Julie Benko as Cosette. Kylie McVey and Juliana Simone alternate in the role of Little Cosette/Young Éponine. Anthony Pierini and Sam Poon alternate in the role of Gavroche.

The ensemble includes Richard Todd Adams, Richard Barth, Natalie Beck, Casey Erin Clark, Jason Forbach, Ian Patrick Gibb, Ben Gunderson, Siri Howard, Beth Kirkpatrick, Cornelia Luna, Nadine Malouf, Jordan Nichols, Weston Wells Olson, Jason Ostrowski, John Rapson, Rachel Rincione, Heather Jane Rolff, Hannah Shankman, Alan Shaw, Mavis Simpson-Ernst, Joseph Spieldenner, Joe Tokarz, Eric Van Tielen, Natalie Weiss and James Zannelli. For more information on the production, engagement dates, and locations visit www.LesMis.com.

Les Misérables has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

Read Playbill.com's January 2011 Brief Encounter interview with Mackintosh, who spoke about the nature of the new Les Miz production.

The cast of <i>Les Mis</i>
The cast of Les Mis Photo by Deen van Meer
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