At the end of the run, there's another day dawning. The Broadway revival of Les Miserables will shutter on September 4, 2016. The production began previews on March 1, 2014 and officially opened on March 23. At the time of closing, the musical will have played 1, 026 performances at the Imperial Theatre. The tuner currently stars Alfie Boe, who will play the role of Jean Valjean through February 28. He will be succeeded by John Owen-Jones, who is currently headlining London's Phantom, from March 1 for the duration of the show’s Broadway run.
Owen-Jones, at 26, became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miz. He is one of a handful of actors to have played the role of Valjean both in the West End and on Broadway (in 2007) and he reprised the role for the 25th Anniversary new production of Les Miz in its UK tour in 2010. Jones is London's longest-running Phantom with nearly 2, 000 performances in the role.
Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the current cast of the reimagined production includes Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as Javert (subbing for Earl Carpenter), Tony Award nominee Montego Glover as Fantine, Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras. Hayden Tee from the Australian production assumes the role of Javert on January 29.
Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 and was revived previously in 2006.