Brace yourself before you hear these voices. In a special two-part interview, Jian speaks to three members of the new Toronto production of Les Miserables: Ramin Karimloo
(Jean Valjean), Melissa O'Neil
(Eponine) and Earl Carpenter
Each perform a powerful solo from the beloved musical -- presented in order of appearance below -- and offer their take on why Victor Hugo's epic novel continues to enthrall contemporary audiences.
Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean
Iranian-born, Canadian-raised actor Ramin Karimloo
is earning rave reviews and inspiring standing ovations with his passionate portrayal of Jean Valjean, or ex-prisoner 2-4-6-0-1. He's performing the lead role on a Canadian stage for the first time, and observers are saying that he may have set a new bar for the role.
He performs the prayerful hymn, Bring Him Home.
Melissa O'Neil as Eponine
You may know Juno nominee and Broadway/Stratford star Melissa O'Neil
as the winner of Canadian idol. But these days the Calgary-born performer has returned to her roots in musical theatre, and is breaking hearts with her portrayal of the long-suffering Eponine.
She performs the gut-wrenching ballad, On My Own
Earl Carpenter as Javert
Acclaimed British musical theatre performer Earl Carpenter
, a veteran of London's West End, offers a deeply conflicted interpretation of the tireless inspector Javert.
He performs the tortured soliloquy, Stars
What do you think of these interpretations of Les Miserables iconic characters? Do you identify with any of their storylines? Do you have a favourite production?
If you liked this story, you may also like ...
Andrew Lloyd Webber does what he wants
Pete Townshend brings 'Tommy' to Stratford
Peaches (Christ SuperStar) on Q TV