Bring Him Home; Alfie Boe Will Return to Broadway
Bring Him Home! As one Tony Award nominee plans to exit Les Miserables this summer, many have wondered who would take over the iconic leading role for the critically acclaimed revival. That question has now been answered as another veteran Tony Award winner has just been named to take his place! Broadway and the world knows his voice. Now, they will have the chance to experience it in what is sure to be a breathtaking performance happening eight times a week at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Alfie Boe will return to Broadway this summer in Les Miserables!
Producer Cameron Mackintosh proudly announced today that Tony Award winner Alfie Boe (Pictured Right) will return to Broadway this summer starring in the role of Jean Valjean in critically acclaimed revival of Les Miserables. Boe will succeed Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo who is set to take his final bow August 30th, 2015. Boe will begin performances September 1st, 2015. Boe is no stranger to Les Miserables. He performed the role of Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Concert at London’s O2 Area in 2010. Mackintosh later placed Boe into the London production of Les Miserables which resulted in a sold out six months for his appearance.
Les Miserables returned to Broadway last season beginning previews March 1st before officially opening on March 23rd, 2014. The show returned to its home, the Imperial Theatre, where much of its original groundbreaking run took place at. The revival was praised by critics and was also nominated for three Tony Awards. However, it did not win any. Currently leading the cast beside Karimloo is Earl Carpenter as Javert, Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius and Wallace Smith as Enjolras.
Alfie Boe is an English actor and singer best known for his appearances on stage. He has performed on stage in England at The English National Opera, Canterbury Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall and Gloucester Hall to name a few. He has toured extensively in the UK and US not only on solo-tours but also with many performance groups. Boe made his Broadway debut in 2002 starring in La Bohème and received a Tony Award honor for his work. His big break came when he performed as Valjean for the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables in 2010. Following this performance, he stepped into the actual London production for a six month limited engagement. Not long after this, he returned to the English National Opera to perform in both La Bohème and The Mikado. Boe returning to Les Miserables on Broadway will mark his first return to the Great White Way since 2002.
In a statement to the press, Cameron Mackintosh (Pictured Below Left) expressed his excitement over Boe not only returning to Broadway but Les Miserables this summer.
“I first had the idea of asking Alfie Boe to play Valjean watching him in a production of Kismet at the English National Opera in which he was co-starring with my great friend, Michael Ball, the original Marius. It turned out to be one of the great decisions of my life, and I will never forget what happened at the O2 Les Miz 25th Anniversary concert when an unknown operatic tenor transfixed not only the 32,000 people who watched live in the arena, but also the hundreds of thousands watching live in cinemas around the world. A star was truly born that night and true musical theater magic happened. That magic was re-created night after standing room night in Alfie’s sold-out six-month engagement in the West End production of Les Misérables. Now, as the original production London production miraculously prepares to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, to have Alfie join this fabulous Broadway company while the show continues to break records in separate companies of this acclaimed new production in Spain, South Korea, Japan and Australia, is beyond any dream I could have dreamed.”
Luner on Theatre is thrilled to learn that Alfie Boe will return to Broadway this summer! This is incredibly exciting news for not only Les Miserables but Broadway as well! I remember when tuning in to watch the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables five years ago the incredible performance Boe gave as Valjean. It was extraordinary. I was watching through a screen. I cannot even begin to imagine what this performance is like in person. I know Boe joining the Broadway run will boost the show with more ticket sales for sure as he brings along a huge collection of fans and stardom with him. He will be an exceptional replacement for Ramin and is the perfect choice. I cannot applaud Mackintosh enough for his selection of a true veteran to step into this iconic role on Broadway. His voice and acting will be an incredible addition to the current Broadway season and the new already underway at the time of his arrival.
Alfie Boe returns to Broadway this summer is the Tony Award nominated revival of Les Miserables! Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the greatest voices out there step into one of the greatest roles in one of the greatest musicals ever written. An end date for Boe has not been announced so we believe his engagement is currently open-ended. For more information, visit Les Miserables Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!