Les Miz Touring Cast Will Appear on "America's Got Talent"

News   Les Miz Touring Cast Will Appear on "America's Got Talent"
The cast of the new national touring production of the musical Les Misérables will perform "One Day More," the finale to Act One, on the NBC-TV series "America's Got Talent" Aug. 17.

The talent competition airs 9 PM (ET). Check local listings for time and channel in your area. The number was pre-taped at the "America's Got Talent" studio during the cast's recent engagement in Los Angeles.

For information about the 25th anniversary tour, which boasts a new narrative approach, design team and physical production for the classic 1985 show, visit www.LesMis.com.

The touring troupe (currently appearing to Aug. 27 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre) includes J. Mark McVey as fugitive Jean Valjean, Andrew Varela as Javert, Michael Kostroff as Thénardier, Shawna M. Hamic as Madame Thénardier, Betsy Morgan as Fantine, Jeremy Hays as Enjolras, Chasten Harmon as Éponine, Justin Scott Brown as Marius and Jenny Latimer as Cosette. Maya Jade Frank and Juliana Simone alternate in the role of Little Cosette/Young Éponine. Colin DePaula and Ethan Paul Khusidman alternate in the role of Gavroche.

The ensemble includes Richard Todd Adams, Richard Barth, Julie Benko, Cole Burden, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Casey Erin Clark, Jason Forbach, Lucia Giannetta, Ian Patrick Gibb, Ben Gunderson, Siri Howard, Beth Kirkpatrick, Cornelia Luna, Benjamin Magnuson, Kylie McVey, Jason Ostrowski, Max Quinlan, John Rapson, Rachel Rincione, Sarah Shahinian, Alan Shaw, Joseph Spieldenner, Joe Tokarz, Eric Van Tielen and Natalie Weiss.

Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley (inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo) with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter. Mackintosh said in an earlier statement, "Over the years I have seen many successful but visually different productions, so it has been exciting to draw inspiration from the brilliant drawings and paintings of Victor Hugo himself, integrated with spectacular projections. The new Les Miz is a magnificent mix of dazzling images and epic staging, driving one of the greatest musical stories ever told."

Mackintosh is currently developing a film of Les Misérables with Working Title and Universal.

Read Playbill.com's January 2011 Brief Encounter interview with Mackintosh, who spoke about the nature of the new Les Miz production

The cast of <i>Les Mis</i>
The cast of Les Mis Photo by Deen van Meer
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