Friday, November 26

Alfie Boe to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables next year

The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has added credence to the strong rumours circulating in London’s West End that operatic tenor Alfie Boe is poised to take over the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre next year when Simon Bowman ends his run on 19th June.

Following his outstanding performance in the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena in October, he has been asked to take on the role for six months and Cameron Mackintosh is also hinting that he might also play the role in the long-anticipated film version of the musical.

Boe did two one week runs in Les Miserables in preparation for his role in the concert, but  did not do the matinees. Although I am a great fan of his, when watching him do the whole show I did feel that his performance was a bit “too operatic” for a West End musical.  But he will have six months to get it right …

If you want to hear him sing in the 02 concert the DVD is released on 29th November and you can order a copy from Amazon.

1 comment:

lysian said...

I would love to see Alfie do a proper run in the theatre. I adore his performance on the 25th Anniversary dvd, such a sensitive and genuine reading of the role.

As an opera fan and particularly a tenor fan, I must say that I've been waiting for a long time to hear Valjean sung the way Alfie sings it.

It would be great too if he were cast in the film version but I am not convinced that a film version is a good idea to begin with. I just can't stand watching people mime to controlled studio recordings of themselves, it's totally devoid of life.

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