Tony winner Nikki M. James will play fan favorite Eponine, with Ramin Karimloo set for Jean Valjean
Nikki M. James, a Tony winner for her perf in “The Book of Mormon,” will play fan-favorite character Eponine in the incoming Broadway revival of “Les Miserables,” part of a cast led by Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Will Swenson (“Hair,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”) as antagonist Javert and Caissie Levy (“Ghost”) as Fantine, the part that won Anne Hathaway an Oscar.
Karimloo, better known on the West End for perfs in shows including “The Phantom of the Opera” sequel “Love Never Dies,” will reprise the leading role (portrayed by Hugh Jackman in the 2012 movie musical) the actor is currently playing in the Toronto production of “Les Miz.”
The Main Stem’s spring 2014 production will test the legit B.O. muscle of the international legit property’s revitalization in the wake of last year’s starry film version. A 2006 revival, opening just three years after the original Broadway production ended its 16-year run, lasted a little more than a year without much sales impact.
That production, however, was a redux of the original staging; the new revival, helmed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, has never played Broadway.
A number of significant roles in the new incarnation of “Les Miz” remain to be cast, including romantic leads Marius and Cosette and the two comic villains, the Thenardiers.
Cameron Mackintosh, the original producer of “Les Miz” as well as one of the producers of the film, shepherds the new revival to the Rialto. The tuner by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg begins previews March 1 at the Imperial Theater prior to a March 23 opening.