Stage vets take on classic tuner
Alexander Gemignani heads the cast of Broadway vets — including Norm Lewis, Gary Beach and Daphne Rubin-Vega — who’ll storm the barricades in “Les Miserables” this fall.
Gemignani, who’ll depart “Sweeney Todd” in October, takes on the lead role of Jean Valjean in the tuner, which returns to Broadway for a six-month stint at the Broadhurst starting Oct. 22.
Lewis (“Two Gentlemen of Verona”) will play his nemesis Javert, with Rubin-Vega (“Rent”) portraying tragic mother figure Fantine and Beach (“The Producers”) the comic hotelier Thernardier.
Also in the cast are Jenny Galloway (“Mary Poppins” in London) as Thernardier’s wife and Aaron Lazar (“The Light in the Piazza”) as Enjolras, plus Adam Jacobs, Lea Michele and Ali Ewoldt as, respectively, Marius, Eponine and Cosette.
“Les Miz,” helmed by original co-director John Caird, begins perfs Oct. 22 for a Nov. 9 opening. Production will perform on the set being used for the national tour, which shutters in July.