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Broadway-Bound LES MIS Names Its Thenardiers & Enjolras

CLIFF SAUNDERS & KEALA SETTLE
CAST AS THE THENARDIERS
WITH KYLE SCATLIFFE AS ENJOLRAS
IN CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S
NEW PRODUCTION OF
BOUBLIL & SCHÖNBERG’S
LEGENDARY MUSICAL 

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BEGINNING PERFORMANCES SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014
AT THE IMPERIAL THEATRE

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Cameron Mackintosh announced today that acclaimed Canadian actor Cliff Saunders (The 39 Steps) and Tony Award-nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody), will play the Thenardiers in his acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISÉRABLES, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street).  Saunders is currently performing the role of Thenardier in the Toronto production of the musical, for which he has received critical acclaim.  Also joining the cast of LES MISÉRABLES is Kyle Scatliffe, currently co-starring in the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys, as the revolutionary Enjolras.   Saunders, Settle and Scatliffe join recently announced cast members Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean); Will Swenson (Javert); Caissie Levy (Fantine), Nikki M. James (Eponine), Andy Mientus (Marius) and Charlotte Maltby (Cosette).   The official opening night for LES MISÉRABLESis Sunday, March 23.   The complete ensemble will be announced next month.

This newly re-imagined LES MISÉRABLES, which grossed over $160 million in its recent two and a half year American tour, is currently breaking box office records, receiving rave reviews and capacity crowds with the Canadian production at the Princess of Wales in Toronto starring Ramin Karimloo, who will play Jean Valjean on Broadway.   International productions of the new LES MISÉRABLEShave been met with equal success and acclaim in the U.K., France, Spain, Japan and Korea and will open soon in Australia.  This new version of LES MISÉRABLES,which premiered in the U.K. in 2009, inspired filmmakers to make last year’s immensely successful Oscar/Golden Globe/BAFTA winning-movie. 

Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune called the new LES MISÉRABLES, “uncommonly raw, unusually emotional and strikingly intense.  LES MIS stands alone in its dramatic and emotional achievements.  The storytelling is formidable; the theatricalization spectacular.  This new production refreshes and rethinks without sacrificing any singularity of intensity or artistic occasion.  It is not to be missed.”  Anita Gates in The New York Times calls this new production of LES MISÉRABLES“a splendidly reworked, unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.”  Benedict Nightingale in The London Times hails the new LES MIS “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original.”  Peter Filichia in The Star-Ledger calls it "a dynamically re-imagined hit.  This LES MISÉRABLEShas improved with age” and Roma Torre on NY1 News proclaims “this new production actually exceeds the original.  The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest.  Musical theatre fans can rejoice: LES MIS is born again.” Terry Byrne in The Boston Globe said, “The new production of LES MISÉRABLES qualifies as a truly extraordinary theatrical experience.  It is nothing less than stunning.  This production is so breathtaking, you simply won’t want it to end.” And Richard Ouzounian in The Toronto Star wrote, “This new production of LES MISÉRABLES is superbly revised.  Inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo himself, this new staging moves with both tremendous agility and equal force. Time and time again, I found myself gasping in admiration for the images that filled the stage, not just for their own beauty, but for the power they brought to the story.  Thrilling and brilliant.”  

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.  The magnificent score includes the classic songs “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 many more.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of LES MISÉRABLES is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.

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 Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. 

The original production of LES MISÉRABLES can now only be seen in London where it’s currently in its 29th record-breaking year. LES MISÉRABLES originally premiered at the Barbican Theatre in a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company in October 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 to standing room only.  In October 2006 LES MISÉRABLES took over the title of World’s Longest Running Musical followed by two other Cameron Mackintosh productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

The original New York production of LES MISÉRABLESpremiered first at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, later moving to the Imperial on October 17, 1990, where it played until May 18, 2003, for a total Broadway run of 6680 performances. 

There have been four U.S. national touring companies of LES MISÉRABLES that have played more than 200 cities.  Broadway audiences welcomed LES MISÉRABLES back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.  LES MISÉRABLES is the 4th longest-running Broadway production of all time.

Seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 22 languages, LES MISÉRABLES is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled.  The worldwide gross for LES MISÉRABLES is $2.5 billion. There have been 47 cast recordings of LES MISÉRABLES, including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production and now the motion picture

soundtrack which has sold close to 1.5 million copies and has topped the Billboard and iTunes charts.  The DVD’s of the 10th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th Anniversary at The O2 have sold millions of copies worldwide.

There are over 2,500 productions of the Les Misérables School’s Edition scheduled or being performed by over 125,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical LES MISÉRABLES made theatrical history with an international first - three different productions in London at the same time. The Original Production at the Queen’s Theatre, the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered) and a celebratory concert at The O2 Arena.  The O2 Concert was presented in over 500 cinemas throughout the United States on November 17, 2010 and is now available on Blu-ray DVD through Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The 2012 Universal film version of LES MISÉRABLES co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, and directed by Tom Hooper, is one of the most successful musical films ever.  The film received the Golden Globe Award as Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) and received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won three Academy Awards.  The film’s soundtrack debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Album chart and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.  

The sumptuous definitive new book, Les Misérables – From Stage to Screen from Applause Books tells the story so far of the World’s Longest Running Musical in words, pictures and rare facsimile memorabilia and is written by Benedict Nightingale and Martyn Palmer, with a foreword by Cameron Mackintosh.

Tickets to LES MISÉRABLES are available at www.telecharge.com or by phone at  (212) 239-6200 or (800) 447-7400. Ticket prices range from $57 - $139. 

CAST BIOS

Cliff Saunders (Thenardier) has received critical acclaim for his current portrayal of Thenardier in the Toronto production of Les Misérables. On Broadway he co-starred in the critically-acclaimed, Tony Award-nominated hit The 39 Steps (Roundabout Theatre, Cort Theatre, and Huntington Theatre in Boston.) (IRNE Award -Best Supporting Actor).  Other theater credits include - Spamalot (Citadel Theatre), The Real World?  (Tarragon), Lord of the Rings, Beauty and The Beast (Princess of Wales Theatre), two seasons at the Stratford Festival, as well as working at Soulpepper, Canstage, Elgin, Winter Garden, The Grand,  Aquarius, Royal Alexandra, YPT, Crows  Videocab, Blythe and many more.

Film and TV credits include - Louis Cyr, Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Cracked, Outlander, Please Kill Mr Know It All, Roxy Hunter, Open Range, Midwives, Joan of Arc, Monk, Ron James Show, to name just a few.

Keala Settle (Madame Thenardier) received a 2013 Tony Award nomination for her performance in
Hands On A Hardbody on Broadway. Her portrayal of Norma Valverde also garnered her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations and a Theatre World Award. Other Broadway/New York: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Violet (Encores). National Tours: South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Hairspray (Tracy
Turnblad). She is currently appearing as the Fortune Teller in Side Show at the La Jolla Playhouse and recently played the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Ogunquit Playhouse. Television: “The Big C.”

Kyle Scatliffe (Enjolras) was born in Washington, D.C. and trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY. His theater credits include Ragtime (Zach Theatre), Oklahoma (5th Avenue Theatre), A Christmas Carol: The Concert (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/PBS), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Haywood Patterson in the London premiere of The Scottsboro Boys.

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

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