Samantha Hill Replaces Charlotte Maltby in 2014 Broadway Revival of Les MisÚrables

By Michael Gioia
February 12, 2014

Samantha Hill, who made her Broadway debut as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera — as part of the show's year-long 25th anniversary celebrations — has assumed the role of Cosette in the 2014 Broadway return of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables, producer Cameron Mackintosh announced Feb. 12. 



Hill, who replaces Charlotte Maltby (Les Miz at the St. Louis Muny, current musical theatre student at the University of Michigan) recently performed the role of Cosette in the sold-out Toronto production of the musical, which also starred West End actor Ramin Karimloo, who will reprise his performance as Jean Valjean on Broadway. 

Press representatives declined to comment on Maltby's departure from the musical, which has been in rehearsals since Jan. 13. 

Les Miz will begin performances March 1 at the Imperial Theatre, the show's home on Broadway for nearly 13 years and 5,244 performances. Opening night is set for March 23, and tickets are currently on sale.

The Les Miz ensemble will include Erin Clemons, Emily Cramer (Mary Poppins), Natalie Charle Ellis (Forbidden Broadway), Jason Forbach, Heidi Giberson (Cinderella), Nathaniel Hackmann, Andrew Kober (Hair), Chris McCarrell, Melissa Mitchell, Dennis Moench (Mary Poppins), Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!), Betsy Morgan (A Little Night Music), Melissa O'Neil (Jesus Christ Superstar), Max Quinlan, John Rapson, Terance Reddick, Arbender Robinson (Hair), Christianne Tisdale (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) and Aaron Walpole (Jesus Christ Superstar).

Joshua Colley (Newsies) and Gaten Matarazzo (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), both of whom appeared in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables, will share the role of Gavroche; with Angeli Negron and Mckayla Twiggs (Once) sharing the role of Little Cosette and Young Eponine. Mia Sinclair Jenness (The Sound of Music Live!) will appear in the ensemble and cover the roles of Little Cosette and Young Eponine.

The swings are Cathryn Basile (The Little Mermaid), John Brink, Ben Gunderson, Rachel Rincione and Weston Wells Olson.  

Also cast in the Broadway revival are the previously reported West End actor Ramin Karimloo (Broadway debut, Toronto's Les Miz, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies) as Jean Valjean, Andy Mientus (Broadway debut, Spring Awakening national tour, "Smash," Off-Broadway's Carrie) as Marius, Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Little Miss Sunshine) as Javert, West End and Broadway actress Caissie Levy (Ghost, Hair, Murder Ballad) as Fantine, Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon; Fetch Clay, Make Man) as Eponine, Kyle Scatliffe (West End production of The Scottsboro Boys, Broadway debut) as Enjolras, Canadian actor Cliff Saunders (The 39 Steps, Toronto's Les Miz) as Thenardier and Tony Award nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody) as Madame Thenardier.

The 25th-anniversary, re-imagined production of Les Misérables features fresh scenic and narrative elements and new orchestrations.

The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley (inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo) with costumes by original designer Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. The new version inspired filmmakers to create the recent award-winning film of the same name.

Keala Settle

The original New York production of Les Misérables premiered at the Broadway Theatre March 12, 1987, and later moved to the Imperial Oct. 17, 1990, where it played until May 18, 2003, for a total Broadway run of 6,680 performances.

This will mark the third time Les Miz plays Broadway. Its first revival (staged by the original creative team, including Trevor Nunn and John Caird) was presented in 2006.

The Tony-winning score includes such classics as "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and more.

Les Miz, written by Boublil and Schönberg, is based on the 19th-century novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton.

The original Les Miz orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.

The original London production is still running and is in its 29th year. The musical premiered at the Barbican Theatre in a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1985. It transferred to the Palace Theatre in December of that year and then moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre in April 2004 where it is still playing. Les Miz is the fourth longest-running Broadway production of all time.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. Visit LesMis.com.