Cameron Mackintosh Broadway and London productions of Les Miserables will swap Jean Valjeans this fall. John Owen-Jones, currently playing Valjean in
Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre
in the West End, will make his Broadway debut in the role beginning October 23
at the Broadhurst Theatre, while on October 22 Drew Sarich, currently playing
Valjean on Broadway, will make his West End debut in London's Les Miserables, currently the world's
longest-running musical now in its 22nd year.
John Owen-Jones, originally from South
Wales, became the youngest actor ever to play the massive role of
Jean Valjean at the age of 26 at the Palace Theatre. He recently returned to the London production for its record-breaking
21st anniversary year, also performing the role for a special concert version
of the show for BBC Radio. John also
spent four years playing The Phantom in the London
production of The Phantom of the Opera,
making him the West End's longest-running
Phantom. John's first solo CD recording
"Hallelujah" was recently released.
Drew Sarich performed the role of Grantaire in the original
cast of the current production, assuming the role of Valjean this July. He was
also recently seen on Broadway as Armand in Lestat.
Off-Broadway: revival of Jacques Brel…,
Tony n' Tina's Wedding. He also
created the role of Quasimodo in Disney's stage version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin. Other European credits: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hair (Berger), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus and Judas). In 2000, Drew released
his first album "Say It!" Drew's new band, International Victim, has just
finished their debut album, "I.V.," for Soul-Made Productions.
The current Broadway production of Les Miserables opened at the Broadhurst on November 9, 2006. It currently features Drew Sarich as Jean
Valjean, Robert Hunt as Javert, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Gary Beach as
Thenardier, Ann Harada as Madame Thenardier, Megan McGinnis as Eponine, Adam
Jacobs as Marius, Ali Ewoldt as Cosette and Max von Essen as Enjolras. The original production of Les Miserables is the third
longest-running show in Broadway history.
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John Owen-Jones (left) and Drew Sarich (right) as Jean Valjean