PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Beyond the Barricade at Salt Lake City's Les Misérables With Josh "Javert" Davis
By Matthew Blank
New York based actor Josh Davis is in Salt Lake City this month bringing law and order to Pioneer Theatre's new production of Les Misérables. He shares these photos from backstage and the rehearsal process.
"Six years ago I had the honor of performing in the first ever regional production of Les Miz at the Pioneer Theatre," says Davis. "In that production I played Feuilly, along with a few other parts. We ran for a historical 10 weeks to sold out crowds who came from all over the map to see the show."
"I was ecstatic this past February when I got a call from my agent with the news I would be going back to Pioneer, but this time in the role of Javert. Not only would I be able to play the part I'd been wanting to play since I was in high school, but I would have another chance to work at the Pioneer."
"This is one of the best regional theaters I've had the opportunity to work in - and it's nestled in one of the most beautiful places in the US, set right on the edge of the Wasatch Mountain Range. We're now in our second week of performances and I'm having an amazing time. With a host of new friends and a few old ones, along with some great off-stage adventures, this is truly one of the best times of my life."
Davis is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and Senior Editor of Hemp.com.
Charles Morey directs the production which runs through June 1. Karen Azenberg choreographs, with musical direction by Darren R. Cohen. Les Misérables was penned by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer.
The cast features Cassidy as Jean Valjean, McCormick as Fantine, Nichols as Eponine, and Hensley as Monsieur Thénardier, with Josh Davis as Javert, Melissa Mitchell as Cosette, Manna Nichols as Eponine, Christianne Tisdale as Madame Thénardier, Perry Sherman as Marius, Kevin Vortmann as Enjolras, as well as Zachary Brown and Brigham Inkley as Gavroche, Zoe Heiden and Maggie Scott as Young Cosette, and Abigail Scott as Young Eponine.
The ensemble features J. Michael Bailey, Ginger Bess, Chad Coudriet, Mary Fanning Driggs, Dara Hartman, Justin Ivie, Michael D. Jablonski, Sarah Killough, Anne Stewart Mark, Daniel T. Simons, David Spencer, Jeffrey Scott Stevens, Matt Stokes, Erik Agle, Dustin Bolt, Ashley Gardner Carlson, Tia Galanis, Lindsea Garside, Billy Hagee and Matthew Jay Romriell.
The Pioneer production of Les Misérables has scenic design by George Maxwell, costume design by K.L. Alberts, lighting design by Karl E. Haas, sound design by Matthew Tibbs and hair and make up design by Amanda French.
The Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre is located at 300 South 1400 East in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information and tickets, call (801) 581-6961 or visit PioneerTheatre.org.
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