in Les Miserables
The Broadway and London companies of Les Miserables will swap Jean Valjeans this fall. John Owen-Jones, currently playing Valjean at the Queens Theatre in the West End, will make his Broadway debut in the role beginning October 23 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Drew Sarich, currently playing Valjean on Broadway, will make his West End debut in the London production on October 22.
Owen-Jones, originally from South Wales, became the youngest actor, at 26, ever to play Valjean at the Palace Theatre. He recently returned to the London production for its record-breaking 21st anniversary year, also performing the role for a special concert version of the show for BBC Radio. Owen-Jones also ranks as the West End's longest running Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, having played the role for four years. His first solo CD, Hallelujah, was recently released.
The current Broadway production of Les Miserables on November 9, 2006. In addition to Sarich, it currently features Robert Hunt as Javert, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Gary Beach as Thenardier, Ann Harada as Madame Thenardier, Megan McGinnis as Eponine, Adam Jacobs as Marius, Ali Ewoldt as Cosette and Max von Essen as Enjolras.