Not only is Miss Saigon making a highly-anticipated return to Broadway in spring 2017, but producers have now announced that the musical will return to the place where the original Broadway production became a critical and commercial hit - the Broadway Theatre.
The reality of Broadway Theater is that most shows don't have the longevity of 'The Phantom of the Opera' or 'Wicked' - both successful and unsuccessful productions open and close in theaters on a monthly basis. 'Shuffle Along' and 'Fully Committed' are two such shows.
Alfie Boe is back on Broadway, starting tonight! The former 'Les Miserables' Jean Valjean actor is taking over the leading role of J.M.Barrie in 'Finding Neverland.' Boe is replacing Tony Yazbeck.
The old theater adage says the show must go on, but that doesn’t mean every actor can. In this issue of the Classicalite Weekly Reprise we are looking at some of the recent cast shake ups on Broadway. Jean Valjean actor Alfie Boe has left 'Les Miserables' to join the cast of 'Finding Neverland' as J.M. Barrie. Boe will be replaced by former Jean Valjean actor and UK 'Phantom' John Owen-Jones. Boe will be replacing Tony Yazbeck. Meanwhile the Kander and Ebb classic, 'Chicago' has a new/old Billy Flynn. Jason Danieley ('The Visit,' 'Next to Normal,' 'The Full Monty') returned to the role this past Monday, February 29. replacing Eddie George.
John Owen-Jones is leaving the West End run of 'Phantom of the Opera' to once again take on he role of prisoner 24601 A.K.A. Jean Valjean in Broadway’s 'Les Miserables.' Now, John Owen-Jones is opening up about the two iconic roles and just how they differ.
At the age of 26, John Owen-Jones was the youngest actor to professionally play the role of, 'Les Miserables'lead, Jean Valjean in London. Now, Owen-Jones is returning to the role in the current Broadway production. Owen-Jones will be taking over the role from Alfie Boe. Recently, John Owen-Jones opened up about his long history with the iconic character.
Broadway’s 'Finding Neverland' is in the middle of a few cast shake ups at the moment. J.M. Barrie actor Tony Yazbeck is out the door and 'Les Miserables' lead Alfie Boe is getting read to take his place. Captain Hook actor Kelsey Grammer is also getting ready to leave the show once again but not as soon as he planned. Grammer has extended his return Check the report below for all the latest news and updates.
Tony Yazbeck is stepping down from his lead role as J.M Barrie in Finding Neverland, and that means Alfie Boe will be stepping up to dance with the bear. John Owen-Jones (Phantom of the Opera) will be taking over Boe’s role as in Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
Graffiti artist Banksy has popped up once more, this time across the pond in Paris. His latest artwork is a slam against Parisian authorities using teargas to clear a camp of Syrian refugees. The installation comes as the first interactive piece by the artist and features the iconic Les Miserables poster child with tears streaming from her eyes as teargas billows towards her.
The 67th annual primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 20 this year and while the show is a night to celebrate television; many Broadway fans were intrigued from the start. Not only did the show make a bizarre 'Les Miserables' send-up for the hosts, but a slew of notable Broadway alums, such as Viola Davis and Uza Aduba, took home Emmys as well.
Anne Hathaway returns to the stage as the lead in The Public Theater’s production of "Grounded," directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor.
A small fire at the Queen’s Theatre in London caused 1,200 people to have to evacuate during a performance of "Les Misérables." The fire was spotted Saturday, Jan. 3, during a matinee performance of "Les Misérables." A spokeswoman for the London fire brigade said, “There was a small fire caused by a failing high voltage joint in what we understand was the boiler room. There were no injuries.” The cast, who were performing a matinee of "Les Misérables," are also believed to have left the theatre with the audience as a precaution. Since then, the problem has been fixed and the Saturday evening performance was scheduled as planned. “Today’s matinee of 'Les Misérables' had to be canceled after the theater was evacuated 30 minutes into the performance due to the overheating of a cable supplied by UK Power Network to a transformer under the theater, which caused a blackout on stage. Whilst the auditorium was not affected, the audience, cast, orchestra and crew were asked to leave the building by precaution. The fire brigade attended to ensure that the theater was safe to be re-entered and UK Power Network came on site to resolve the problem. Audience members affected by the cancellation of the matinee are invited to request a full refund at their original point of purchase. We are sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment caused and look forward to welcoming patrons to another performance of 'Les Misérables,'” said a spokesman for Queen’s Theatre.
'Deathtrap' and 'Bye Bye Birdie' are also on tap for the company, whose productions netted 21 Jeff Award nominations this year.
Graciela Daniele will direct the world premiere of the new play by the 'Les Misérables' lyricist.
A new musical play by the 'Les Misérables' and 'Miss Saigon' lyricist/librettist is scheduled to open in December at 59E59 Theaters.