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Gavin Lee, Chris McCarrell & More Are New Stars of B’way’s Les Miz

first_imgLook out for new feisty innkeepers, hopeless romantics, botched haircut victims and more! Beginning March 3, the Broadway revival of Les Miserables will welcome five new leads at the Imperial Theatre: Tony and Olivier Award nominee Gavin Lee as Thenardier, current ensemble member Chris McCarrell as Marius, Wallace Smith as Enjolras, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine and Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier. They will take over for Cliff Saunders, Andy Mientus, Kyle Scatliffe, Caissie Levy, Eponine understudy Brittney Johnson and Keala Settle respectively. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 and was revived previously in 2006. Lee received Tony and Olivier nods for his performance as Bert in Mary Poppins; he also appeared in the West End in Contact, Oklahoma!, Crazy For You and Me & My Girl. McCarrell was recently seen on screen as a Lost Boy in Peter Pan Live!; Les Miz marks his Broadway debut. Smith’s Broadway credits include Rocky, Godspell, American Idiot, The Lion King, Hair and Ragtime. Les Miz will mark the Broadway debuts for both Hennigsen and Lark. Izen returns to the Great White Way after appearing in Mary Poppins. She was seen on the London stage in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lautrec and Annie.center_img Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo will continue in the role of Jean Valjean through the summer. The current cast also includes Tony nominee Will Swenson as Javert and Samantha Hill as Cosette. The role of Eponine is currently played by Erin Clemons, who steps in temporarily following Tony winner Nikki M. James’ departure earlier this month. Johnson begins performances as Eponine on February 10. Les Miserables View Commentslast_img read more

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Bionic man Richardson back on track at Burhill

first_img Yorkshire’s Alan Richardson proved himself the bionic man as he came out on top in the England Golf Captains’ Tournament played over two days at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. Sporting two knee replacements, the Scarborough North Cliff member won the event with 81 Stableford points, finishing three ahead of Hugh Purvis from Long Ashton in Bristol with another Yorkshireman Neil Windle from Wath-upon-Dearne third with 76. Richardson, 57, his club’s captain in 2011, laid the foundation for his success by scoring 42 points in round one before adding 39 in the second. “I didn’t have much confidence going into the tournament,” he said. “I was pulling all my shots left but I had a lesson from my club professional Fraser Kelly and he put me right. “I can’t thank him enough or Mark Andrews, the surgeon at Scarborough Hospital who operated on my knees. Before they were sorted out I couldn’t complete 18 holes and had to use a buggy. “I had the right knee done two years ago and the left early this year. I was sidelined for nine weeks so this win is mind-blowing.” Playing off a handicap of ten, Richardson made his presence felt from the start, coving the front nine in round one in level par including a birdie at the seventh after firing a five iron to a foot. That gave him 23 points and he added a further 19 on the homeward stretch despite bogeys at the closing four holes. “I started the second round badly,” he continued. “I was in the last group out and feeling a bit edgy but I managed to score 17 points with one blob. So I gave myself a talking to at the turn.” It worked as he came home with 22 points, finishing par-bogey-par-par. “Neil pushed me all the way and kept me going. It was a good battle,” Richardson confirmed. “I’ve won a couple of tournaments at my club and in the Scarborough Alliance but never anything like this before,” he added. “Last year in this event at West Lancs I finished third two points behind the winner. “This is also prestigious for my club. I’ve already received a few messages of congratulations from members even though I didn’t realise they knew anything about it. But they said they had been following the scores on the England Golf website.” Leading final scores (Stableford points): 81 A Richardson (Scarborough North Cliff) 42 39; 78 H Purvis (Long Ashton) 36 42; 76 N Windle (Wath upon Dearne) 39 37; 75 P Ashcroft (Gathurst) 34 41; 72 P Luker (Waterfront) 34 38; 71 S Fairbank (Hessle) 35 36 31 Oct 2014 Bionic man Richardson back on track at Burhill last_img read more