The world’s longest-running and most famous musical, Les Misérables, is set to stop over in Brisbane for a limited season in November.
Once the news was released, the excitement and anticipation levels have started to rise rapidly and it’s still six months away until opening night.
Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk this afternoon announced the news at the media launch at QPAC and reeled off a list of interesting facts about the musical for guests.
“Did you know that Les Misérables has been seen by over 70 million people worldwide, in 42 countries and has been performed in 22 languages? The production has also won more than 100 awards and has been staged at QPAC twice before, in 1991 and 1999,” she said.
And with perfect timing it is heading back our way as this is QPAC’s 30th Anniversary year and also the 30th anniversary of the production’s London debut in 1985.
Ms Palaszczuk said, “I welcome Les Misérables to Queensland and am certain that audiences will not miss their chance to see this much-loved musical in a new production at QPAC.”
The iconic musical has already played to sold out crowds in Melbourne and Perth and is currently playing in Sydney.
Sir Cameron Anthony Mackintosh, the original producer who brought Les Mis to the London stage, is thrilled to be able to bring this new version of production to Brisbane.
“Brisbane has always been a tremendously responsive home to my musical productions so I am particularly proud and delighted that this extraordinary Australian cast has agreed to stay together for this season which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the original London production still playing to packed houses at the Queens Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue.”
“I have always found that the best Australian performers are the best in the world and this Company is one of the finest I have ever had,” Cameron Mackintosh said.
The cast itself is supremely talented, appealing and bring a unique flavour to the production. Already, the cast has a devoted following of fans who rave about their flawless performances and stellar vocal abilities.
As an interesting aside, the original Australian production of Les Mis saw Cameron Mackintosh launch the careers of some names you might be familiar with including Marina Prior and Anthony Warlow.
Following in their rather large footsteps is today’s cast which include established actor and musical theatre star Simon Gleeson who is taking on the role of Jean Valjean. Playing the dark to his light is NIDA-trained Hayden Tee, who relishes playing Valjean’s lifelong antagonist Javert.
In the role of Fantine, which was made even more famous by Anne Hathaway in her Oscar-winning performance, is Patrice Tipoki who commands the stage and has a voice that will bring you to your knees.
Bringing the comedic lightness and playing Madame Thénardier with vigour and sass is Lara Mulcahy and her on stage hubby Monsieur Thénardier played by Australian theatre and cabaret favourite, Trevor Ashley.
Fresh out of WAAPA, new faces Kerrie Anne Greenland and Emily Langridge are bringing both the angst and l’amour into the roles of Eponine and Cosette respectively. Chris Durling, physically epitomises the intense passion in his portrayal of student leader of the revolution, Enjolras and Euan Doidge plays Marius the love-struck revolutionary.
Tickets go on sale Thursday May 21 and for more info, head to www.qpac.com.au
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