Shuler Hensley, the American actor lauded for his work in the Royal National Theatre revival of Oklahoma! in London in 1999, will make his Broadway debut as the new Javert in Les Miserables Nov. 14 rather than the previously announced Oct. 31 (and the previously announced Oct. 24).
The continued delay is due to the creation of his costume; it's not ready, a spokesman said.
Hensley's brooding but humane portrayal of Jud Fry in the Trevor Nunn staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! won him the Olivier Award.
Gregg Edelman exited Les Miserables, at the Imperial Theatre, Oct. 8. Hensley — playing the obsessed police inspector — joins J. Mark McVey (Valjean), Jane Bodle (Fantine), Nick Wyman (Thenardier) Betsy Joslyn (Mdme. Thenardier) and Catherine Brunell (Eponine). Ensemble members David McDonald and Paul Truckey have been rotating as Javert since Oct. 8.
Les Miserables, the 3-hour-and-15-minute epic based on the Victor Hugo novel about love in the midst of social injustice, is now the longest running show currently playing on Broadway. For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.