“Les Miserables” Broadway 2014 review

On March 2014 “Les Miserables” came back to Broadway. On Apr. 29, 2014 it was nominated for three Tonys. I got the chance to see it in New York on Broadway on Apr. 26, 2014.

The cast included West End star, and now Tony nominee, Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean. Co-staring alongside him was Will Swenson as Javert, Caissie Levy as Fantine, Keala Settle as Madame Thenardier, Cliff Saunders as Thenardier, Nikki M. James as Eponine, Andy Mientus (Kyle Bishop “Smash”) and Melissa Mitchell understudying the role of Cosette.

The entire cast was phenomenal, but the person who stood out the most was Karimloo. Karimloo, he became Jean Valjean, he was not just portraying the role he was that amazing. Karimloo portrayed Jean Valjean as a physically strong man and one who has faced the hardships of life that he cannot quite let go of, while still portraying Jean Valjean as a very spiritual, Christian man. His “Bring Him Home” was simply beautiful, he sang it like a prayer and had beautiful hand movements.

Swenson portrayed Javert as a very spiritually strong character, and then portrayed Javert as such a broken man by the end. Swenson’s portrayal of Javert was very moving and portrayed him in a whole new light. Mientus was an amazing Marius and has a fantastic voice. James as Eponine was good, but not great as Eponine, great acting, it was just her voice for the role. Mitchell was amazing as Cosette, very hard to believe she was the understudy. Sanders and Settle were absolutely amazing in their roles and hilarious. Kyle Scatliffe was great as Enjolras, tall and determined, with a great voice to match.

Overall the show was amazing, great sets, great lighting and a fantastic cast. They all brought something new to the roles and blew me away, especially Ramin Karimloo. I have never seen, or felt, an actor make me feel like they were the role like Karimloo did, he just blew me away. I was not watching an actor portray the role of Jean Valjean, I felt like he was Jean Valjean.

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