PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Come to Me..." Behind the Scenes at North Carolina Theatre's Les Miz With Lauren Kennedy
20 Feb 2014
Frequent Playbill contributor Lauren Kennedy is currently lending her talents to the role of Fantine in North Carolina Theatre's production of Les Misérables. Kennedy, who is joined by a handful of fellow Broadway veterans as well as her daughter Riley, shares these exclusive portraits from the Raleigh venue.
Craig Schulman stars as Valjean, with Chuck Wagner (Into the Woods) as Javert and Kennedy (Sunset Boulevard) as Fantine. Kennedy's daughter Riley is making her professional debut in the production as Fantine's child, Cosette.
All three adult principal actors appeared in the Broadway cast of Les Misérables.
Running Feb. 11-23, 2014, at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Les Misérables is directed by Dave Clemmons. Musical direction is by Edward G. Robinson. Actress Kennedy also serves as the artistic director at Theatre Raleigh.
The cast is completed by Whit Baldwin, Nick DeVito, Karrah Diane Fleshman, Justin Gaab, Lisa Jolley, Max Korn, Colin Liander, Katie Lynch, Christopher Manley, Wesley Miller, Ian Parmenter, Morgan Parpan, Joe Spieldenner, Jeffrey Scott Stevens, Joe Torello, Meagan Mackenzie Chieppor, Trey Fitts, Morgan Goodman, Carly Grissom, Kendelly McCarthy, Ahmad Ratliff, Lydia Tart, Collin A. Yates, Adele Baldina, Addie Ruth Fornes, Joseph Gaitens and Caroline Lipson.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.