PHOTO CALL: Les Misérables Tour, With J. Mark McVey and Andrew Varela, Opens in Los Angeles
By Matthew Blank
Cameron Mackintosh's new 25th anniversary U.S. touring production of Les Misérables — redesigned and reimagined for a new generation — officially opened in Los Angeles June 17.
As previously reported, this new production of Les Misérables features a new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, whose epic novel is the show's source material.
Les Miz has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton. This production 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 and sound by Mick Potter.
Here is the cast and friends on opening night:
McVey leads a company that includes Andrew Varela as Javert, Betsy Morgan as Fantine, Michael Kostroff as Thénardier, Shawna M. Hamic as Madame Thénardier, Jeremy Hays as Enjolras, Chasten Harmon as Éponine, Justin Scott Brown as Marius and Jenny Latimer as Cosette. Katherine Forrester and Anastasia Korbal alternate in the role of Little Cosette/Young Éponine. Josh Caggiano and Colin DePaula alternate in the role of Gavroche.
The ensemble features Richard Todd Adams, Richard Barth, Cathryn Basile, Julie Benko, Cole Burden, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Casey Erin Clark, Jason Forbach, Lucia Giannetta, Ian Patrick Gibb, Cooper Grodin, Ben Gunderson, Beth Kirkpatrick, Cornelia Luna, Benjamin Magnuson, Jason Ostrowski, Max Quinlan, John Rapson, Rachel Rincione, Sarah Shahinian, Alan Shaw, Joseph Spieldenner, Joe Tokarz, Aliya Victoriya and Natalie Weiss.
For more information on the production, and for a video preview, visit www.LesMis.com.
Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson Theatre June 14-July 31
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