Drew Sarich Valjean in Les Mis from 22 Oct 2007
Drew Sarich ‘Valjean’in Les Mis from 22 Oct 2007
Drew Sarich, currently playing ‘Valjean’ on the Broadway production of Les Miserables, will make his West End debut as ‘Valjean’ in the London production from 22 Oct 2007 at the Queen's Theatre. ( at the same time John Owen-Jones, currently playing ‘Valjean’ in the London production will make his Broadway debut in the role on 23 October).
Drew Sarich performed the role of ‘Grantaire’ in the Broadway production and took over the role of ‘Valjean’ in July this year. He was recently seen on Broadway as ‘Armand’ in “Lestat”. His other New York productions include “Jacques Brel…” and “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding”. He created the role of ‘Quasimodo’ in Disney’s stage version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in Berlin. In 2000, Drew released his first album “Say It!” His new band International Victim has just finished their debut album “I.V.” for Soul-Made Productions.
Originally opening at the Barbican Theatre on 8 Oct 1985, the Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004, where it is now booking until 27 Sep 2008. When Les Miserables celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the world’s longest running musical, surpassing the record previously held by “Cats” in the West End.
The show currently features Hans Peter Janssens (Javert), Joanna Ampil (Fantine), Chris Vincent (Thenardier), Gary Watson (Marius), Edward Baruwa (Enjolras), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Thenardier) Cassandra Compton (Eponine), Claire-Marie Hall (Cosette).
Les Miserables, which concerns Love and bravery in 19th century France during the revolutionary struggles, is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton. It is adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Les Miserables has been seen by over 55 million people worldwide in 38 countries and in 21 languages. There have been 33 cast recordings of "Les Miserables", including the multi-platinum London cast recording and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.