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Broadway's Les Misérables Announces Closing Date and a Returning Jean Valjean

The musical revival is set to close up shop at the Imperial Theatre.

John Owen-Jones will join the Broadway production of Les Misérables on March 1.
John Owen-Jones will join the Broadway production of Les Misérables on March 1.
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The 2014 Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Les Misérables will end its run at the Imperial Theatre on September 4, 2016, after 1,026 performances over two and a half years.

Alfie Boe, who leads the current company as Jean Valjean, will play his final performance on February 28. On March 1, John Owen-Jones, who played the role on Broadway in 2007, will succeed him and perform through the show's closing date.

The principal company also includes original 2014 revival cast member Will Swenson as Javert (subbing for Earl Carpenter), Montego Glover as Fantine, Gavin Lee as Thénardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thénardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras. Hayden Tee assumes the role of Javert on January 29.

This newly imagined production of Les Mis, which has played internationally in countries such as France, Spain, and Japan, began performances March 1, 2014, and opened on March 23 of that year. It is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell. The original company of the Les Mis revival included Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean), Swenson (Javert), Caissie Levy (Fantine), Nikki M. James (Eponine), Andy Mientus (Marius), Charlotte Maltby (Cosette), Kyle Scatliffe (Enjolras), Cliff Saunders (Thénardier), Keala Settle (Madame Thénardier).

Les Misérables is based on Victor Hugo's classic novel of the same name as well as original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. This new production features scenic design inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo by Matt Kinley, costumes by Adreane Neofitu, additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. The original orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.

When the current iteration of Les Misérables closes, the show itself will have played 8,202 performances on Broadway since its original 1987 opening.

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