Carpenter was scheduled to join Les Miz Aug. 12, but a system-wide issue with printing visas at the U.S Embassy delayed his travel date and rehearsals by a few days. Adam Monley, who previously performed the roles of the Bishop of Digne and Combeferre, performed as Javert in the interim.
Swenson played his final performance as Javert July 20 prior to his previously announced hiatus from the production to star in the world premiere of Bull Durham. He will return to the show Oct. 5 at the Imperial Theatre.
Carpenter recently performed as Javert in the Toronto production of Les Miz at the Princess of Wales Theatre opposite 2014 Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo as Valjean.
Carpenter began his West End career in Les Miz as Courfeyrac at the Palace Theatre in 1996. In 2008 he played the part of Javert at the Queens Theatre and then in the 25th anniversary U.K. tour. He was the Bishop of Digne at London's O2 Arena concert in 2010. In 2003 Carpenter joined the London cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre as walking cover to the Phantom. He took over the role in February 2005. He was also seen in the 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall as the Auctioneer and reprised the role of the Phantom in the new 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera 2012-13 U.K. tour.
The cast of Les Miz features Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Caissie Levy as Fantine, Nikki M. James as Eponine, Andy Mientus as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Cliff Saunders as Thenardier, Keala Settle as Madame Thenardier and Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras. This reimagined production opened on Broadway March 23. Read critics' reviews here.
Les Miz is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the 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 orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.
The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with set and image design by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections realized by Fifty-Nine Productions. Musical staging is by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker and musical direction by James Lowe.