Do not forget his name! Earl Carpenter begins performances in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables on August 15. He steps into the role of Javert, taking over for Adam Monley. The British star was initially scheduled to take his first bow at the Imperial Theatre on August 12, though visa complications led to a short delay. Will Swenson, who temporarily left the production to star in Bull Durham in Atlanta, will return to the Schönberg and Boublil musical on October 5.
Carpenter recently starred as Javert in the Toronto production of Les Miz opposite Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo. He began his West End career in Les Miz at the Palace Theatre in 1996 as Courfeyrac. In 2008, he played the part of Javert at the Queens Theatre and then in the 25th Anniversary U.K tour. He was then the Bishop of Digne at London’s O2 Arena concert in 2010. His additional West End, U.K. and European stage credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, We Will Rock You, Zorro, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, The Secret Garden, The Merry Widow, Between the Lines and The Witches of Eastwick.
Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the production also features Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Caissie Levy as Fantine, Nikki M. James as Eponine, Andy Mientus as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras and Cliff Saunders and Keala Settle as the Thenardiers.