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‘Phantom of The Opera’ John Owen-Jones Taking Over Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miz’ on Broadway

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Feb 28, 2016 05:32 AM EST

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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