‘Phantom of The Opera’ John Owen-Jones Taking Over Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miz’ on Broadway
Alfie Boe is stepping down from the lead role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway. Jean Valjean fans have no fear, John Owen-Jones (Phantom of The Opera) will be taking over the role of prisoner 24601.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh recently spoke to Broadway World about John Owen-Jones joining the cast:
"I am delighted that Broadway audiences have so enthusiastically embraced Les Miserables in its Broadway return. And having two of the best Valjeans of all-time - Alfie Boe followed by John Owen-Jones - could not be a better way for the show to finish off its final months on Broadway."
Recently, John Owen-Jones opened up about his history with the show and making the move to New York City, telling the publication:
“It was the 30th anniversary of Les Miz in the West End and so I was asked by Cameron to go and sing in the end for the Valjean quartet.. So I took a night off at Phantom to go and do it, and during that evening he kinda quietly mentioned to me that they were thinking about this. So of course, I was overjoyed, because it wasn't something that I even entertained the idea of doing. Broadway is so far away! I feel lucky to have been here once. So to get the chance to do it again...yeah, I was very excited. And my wife and kids absolutely love the city, so they are excited to come and join me.”
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