A new Canadian production of “Les Miserables” will mark the 25th anniversary of the musical with a run in Toronto beginning in September.
Previews are expected to begin September 26 at a Mirvish theater that will be announced later, and opening night is scheduled for October 9. Though Mirvish Productions has not officially announced the engagement, the Toronto Star reports that “reliable sources” say the production will take place, and will star Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean. He previously performed the same role at The Queen’s Theatre in London.
The Star also reports that Melissa O’Neil will play Eponine in the production. O’Neil previously won the third season of “Canadian Idol,” and has appeared on Broadway in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Canadian actress Genevieve Leclerc currently plays the role of Fantine on the U.S. national tour and is expected to continue the role in Toronto.
Cliff Saunders will portray Monsieur Thenardier, and he has performed on Broadway in “The 39 Steps.” He also has appeared in Toronto productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
Finally, the paper reports that Lisa Horner has been given the option of playing Madame Thenardier, though she may elect to continue her current performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in the Toronto version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Other casting will be announced at a later date.
The new Toronto production of “Les Miserables” is expected to run at least through February 2014, and Cameron Mackintosh told the newspaper recently that, “I am delighted that we are finally bringing “Les Miserables” back to Toronto.”
The Toronto version will reflect the scenic and musical changes already incorporated into the current U.S. and U.K. tours. The anniversary production is directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor. The classic score remains unchanged.