Les Miserables will have a new top trio heading into the fall. Gregg Edelman, Jane Bodle and Timothy Shew will replace Philip Hernandez, Alice Ripley and Fred Inkley in the roles of Javert, Fantine and Jean Valjean respectively, beginning Sept. 7.
Three-time Tony nominee Edelman won a Drama Desk Award for his last Broadway appearance as Edward Rutlege, the "Molasses to Rum" senator from South Carolina, in 1776. Other Broadway credits include City of Angels, Anna Karenina, Anything Goes, Cabaret, Falsettos and Passion.
Bodle, one of Les Miserables' original female ensemble members, has performed on Broadway in Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Cats, A Chorus Line, Me and My Girl and Dream. She most recently appeared as Agnes in Williamstown Theatre Festival's Quark Victory and in the workshop of The Molly McGuires.
Shew comes to Broadway from the Australian Tenth Anniversary production where he played Jean Valjean. He made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables as an ensemble member, then taking over Valjean from May 1988 to July 1989. His Broadway shows include Sunset Boulevard, Guys & Dolls, King David and The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Continuing on with Les Miserables will be Nicholas Wyman (Thenardier), Fuschia Walker (Madame Thenardier), Peter Lockyer (Marius), Tobi Foster (Cosette) and Christopher Mark Peterson (Enjolras). A trio of Eponines will be sharing the turntable in Sept. and Oct. with Jessica-Snow Wilson (through Sept. 12), Rona Figueroa (Sept. 14 into Oct.) and Megan Lawrence (resuming her role in Oct.) Tickets ($20-$80) for regular performances of Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre can be ordered by calling (212) 239-6200.