Opened: March 23, 2014
Starring: Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy, Andy Mientus, and Nikki M. James
Directed by: Laurence Connor and James Powell
Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by: Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer
Book by: Alain Boublil
Synopsis: Based on the popular novel by Victor Hugo, a relentless policeman (Swenson) pursues escaped convict Jean Valjean (Karimloo) as he reforms his life during revolutionary France.
Tony nominations: 3 — Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Ramin Karimloo), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Mick Potter)
Listen to this: “Bring Him Home“
EW’s review: “The revelation is Ramin Karimloo, an Iranian-born Canadian who is well known in London but makes his Broadway debut here. As Jean Valjean, the petty criminal turned respected citizen still on the run from the law, Karimloo projects a masculine authority that cannily reveals hidden pockets of vulnerability. He’s blessed with matinee-idol looks and a crystalline tenor that pierces the back rows of the Imperial Theatre. With apologies to Hugh Jackman, his may be the best sung, best acted Valjean I’ve ever seen.” A- (Thom Geier)
Odds of winning: Not likely.