Broadway's new revival of Les Miserables has named its villainous Thenardiers and hero of the barricade Enjolras. Cliff Saunders, who is currently playing Monsieur Thenardier in Toronto, will reprise the role on the Great White Way, while his wicked wife will be played by Tony nominee Keala Settle. Kyle Scatliffe will take on the role of Enjolras. They will be joining previously announced stars Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy and Nikki M. James. Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the newly imagined production will begin performances on Broadway on March 1, 2014 at the Imperial Theatre. Opening night is set for March 23. The complete ensemble will be announced shortly.
Saunders appeared on Broadway in the The 39 Steps. Other theater credits include Spamalot, The Real World?, Lord of the Rings, Beauty and The Beast, two seasons at the Stratford Festival, as well as working at Soulpepper, Canstage, Elgin, Winter Garden, The Grand, Aquarius, Royal Alexandra, YPT, Crows Videocab and Blythe. His film and TV credits include Louis Cyr, Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Cracked, Outlander, Please Kill Mr Know It All, Roxy Hunter, Open Range, Midwives, Joan of Arc and Monk.
Settle received a 2013 Tony nod for Hands on a Hardbody after making her Broadway debut in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Off-Broadway appearances include Violet for Encores. On tour, she has performed in shows including Hairspray, South Pacific and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Her TV credits include The Big C.
Scatliffe is currently making his West End debut in the U.K. premiere of Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys. His U.S. theater credits include A Christmas Carol: The Concert, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oklahoma and Ragtime.
Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg and is based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton. Les Miserables features set design by Matt Kinley, costume design by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowlands, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions.