Beyond the Barricades: Les MisÚrables' Javert

By Playbill Staff
March 8, 2014

The Tony Award-winning, international hit musical Les Misérables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg will officially open on Broadway in a new revival March 23.



In celebration of the new production, starring West End actor Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Andy Mientus as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as Javert, West End and Broadway actress Caissie Levy as Fantine, Tony Award winner Nikki M. James as Eponine, Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras, Canadian actor Cliff Saunders as Thenardier and Tony Award nominee Keala Settle as Madame Thenardier, Playbill.com will look back at a selection of Les Miz leading players who came before.

This week we look at Les Misérables' Javert.

Click through for a tour of actors who previously stood behind the barricades.

Terrence Mann
Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench
Terrence Mann originated the role of Javert in the premiere Broadway cast of Les Miz and received a Tony Award nomination for his performance. The actor, who is also a Tony nominee for Beauty and the Beast and Pippin — in which he currently stars as King Charles — returned to the role towards the end of the show's run in 2003. He has also been seen on Broadway in The Addams Family, Lennon, The Rocky Horror Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Getting Award with Murder, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Rags, Cats and Barnum.

Anthony Crivello
Anthony Crivello, who appeared in the ensemble of the original cast of Les Miz, succeeded Mann in the role of Javert. The actor, a Tony Award winner for his performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman, also appeared in the 10th anniversary concert cast of Les Misérables as Grantaire. His Broadway credits also include Evita, The News, Marie Chirstine and Golden Boy. He will next be seen Off-Broadway in the musical version of Heathers.

Roger Allam
Roger Allam, who can be heard on the original London cast recording, originated the role of Javert in the 1985 London production of Les Misérables. The actor was seen on Broadway in All's Well That Ends Well.

Philip Quast
Australian actor Philip Quast, currently making his New York stage debut as Judge Turpin in the New York Philharmonic's March concert presentations of Sweeney Todd at Avery Fisher Hall, played Javert in the 10th anniversary concert of Les Miz. The actor has received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical three times, the most of any actor to date. His theatre credits also include Sunday in the Park with George and South Pacific.

Norm Lewis
Photo by Joan Marcus
Norm Lewis, who was Tony-nominated for his performance as Porgy in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, took on the role of Javert in the 2006 Broadway revival and again in the 25th anniversary concert of the show at London's O2 arena. The actor has also been seen on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Chicago, The Who's Tommy and Miss Saigon.

Russell Crowe
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Russell Crowe, an Academy Award winner for his performance in "Gladiator," created the role of Javert for the screen in the star-studded film adaptation of Les Misérables. The actor, who was Oscar-nominated for "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Insider," has also been seen in "L.A. Confidential," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Cinderella Man," "3:10 to Yuma," "American Gangster," "Body of Lies" and "Robin Hood," among others.

Robert Cuccioli
Robert Cuccioli, best known for his Tony Award-nominated turn in the dual leading roles in Jekyll & Hyde, was a replacement in the original Broadway production of Les Miz. The actor, currently starring in Off-Broadway's Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, was recently seen as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the high-flying musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.

Gregg Edelman
Gregg Edelman, a four-time Tony Award nominee for his performances in City of Angels, Anna Karenina, 1776 and Into the Woods, was a replacement in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables. His long list of Broadway credits includes Cats, Oliver! Anything Goes, Cabaret, Falsettos, Passion, Wonderful Town, A Tale of Two Cities and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Drew Sarich
Drew Sarich replaced Norm Lewis in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables.The actor, who was also seen on Broadway in Lestat, starred in the German production of Rocky.

Shuler Hensley
Shuler Hensley, a Tony Award winner for his performance in Oklahoma!, was a replacement in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables. He has also been seen on Broadway in Tarzan and Young Frankenstein and currently stars in the repertory productions of No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot.