Playbill Poll: Who Should Play Eponine in 2014 Broadway Revival of Les Miz? Readers Respond

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28 Jul 2013

Samantha Barks
Samantha Barks
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With the creative team of the 2014 re-imagined revival of the Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables in the midst of auditions, we wondered: Who should play the iconic role of Eponine in the upcoming 25th-anniversary Broadway revival at the Imperial Theatre?

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Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking who should take on the role of the tragic, yet hopeful street urchin Eponine, who sings the iconic ballad "On My Own."

Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary.

Elizabeth Diaz: Samantha Barks because she is a great actress and has a beautiful voice. She is also a genuine and talented person.
Nathan Bottorff: Samantha Barks. She was fantastic in the film version. It's time she came to Broadway.
Diana Puertas: Samantha Barks. She's been the best Eponine since Lea Salonga. She did such an amazing job at the O2. She has the voice and a sweet vulnerability to the role.

Stage and screen actress Samantha Barks, who brought Eponine to life on the big screen in the recent film adaptation of Les Miz, played the role in the London production in 2010 and again in the show's 25th anniversary London concert at the O2 Arena. Barks, the most popular choice among our readers, received great praise for her portrayal of Eponine, both on stage and on screen. The actress, who is currently appearing in the Hollywood Bowl production of Chicago and has also been seen on the West End stage in Oliver! and Cabaret, would be making her Broadway debut if she played Eponine in the forthcoming revival of Les Misérables.

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