Even as the adventure of 1776 gets underway in earnest, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is sending out excited news items on the casting of the central roles in this season's Les Misérables, in which I will be playing the comic villain Thénardier. Florida audiences will be delighted that the two leading men of this production are Florida boys!
The ruthless zealot Javert will be played by Davis Gaines, the Broadway powerhouse beloved for his portrayal of the Phantom of the Opera, a role which he performed over 2000 times. His extraordinary career includes co-starring with such greats as Carol Channing, Richard Burton, and Patti Lupone, and performances with every symphony orchestra in the United States. His accomplishments are many, and his voice is considered one of the greatest ever heard on Broadway.
With talents such as these leading the charge to the 'barricade' I have no doubt this, my first Les Misérables, will be something to remember. I feel very blessed to have the chance to work alongside these distinguished artists! For now, I begin my adventure as John Adams, leading a cast peopled by equally accomplished and extraordinary performers. I think I am beginning to understand what people mean by 'living the dream!'