Last night in London, the new production of Les Misérables with Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas and Hadley Fraser opened at last. I’ve been looking forward to this night since the beginning of March, when I first saw the Les Mis 25th Anniversary Concert on television. By all accounts, the evening was a big success, the new cast was wonderful, and the audience was filled with fans and celebrities who were wildly enthusiastic. All three performers have been graciously tweeting their thanks to the many fans who sent flowers and best wishes. Ramin Karimloo, who played Enjolras in the anniversary concert, attended the opening and praised his concert mates. (It’s a good thing he has Thursday nights off from Love Never Dies, but I suspect he’d have taken the night off anyway!) Matt Lucas will play Thénardier until 10 September, Alfie Boe will play Valjean until 26 November, and all their performances together are now sold out. Hadley Fraser plays Javert for a full year. I wish them all a great summer onstage at the Queen’s Theatre, and I’m looking forward to more tweets, photos, and stage door stories from fans.
I will be adding links here to other blogs, more photos, reviews, and hopefully some videos of Opening Night. Please help me by adding links in the comment section.
More photos of Opening Night of Les Miserables
Listen to Alfie Boe and Hadley Fraser
A short piece in The Sun about Matt Lucas
A very positive review of the new cast and production
A review from one of my favorite West End bloggers
A review from a fan of Liam Tamne (Enjolras)
A little off-topic, but a fun podcast of Hadley Fraser
An interview with Hadley Fraser