Les Miserables Toronto cast will leave you breathless

Jian is flanked by Ramin Karimloo, far left, Melissa O'Neil, and Earl Carpenter in Studio Q (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

Jian is flanked by Ramin Karimloo, far left, Melissa O'Neil, and Earl Carpenter in Studio Q (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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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 (Javert).

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?
 


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