Alife Boe on Broadway in Les Miserables

Alfie Boe will returned to Broadway to star as Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new Broadway production of Claude-Michel Schberg & Alain Boublil’s Les Miserables, now in its second year at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). Boe began performances in Les Miserables Tuesday, September 1. Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo will gave his final performance as Valjean on Sunday, August 30.

Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe (born 29 September 1973), known professionally initially as both Alf and Alfred Boe as well as, more recently, Alfie Boe, is an English tenor and actor, notably performing in musical theatre.

He is best known for his internationally critically acclaimed performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables , playing the role in the Queen’s Theatre in London, England, the Les Miserables : 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2010, and currently in the Broadway revival. As well, Boe shared a Tony Award with the other members of the ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 revival of La bohme in 2003.

Boe, the youngest in a family of nine children, was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, and brought up in nearby Fleetwood. Boe’s first public performance, aged 14, was at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall in a “Songs from the Shows” presentation organised by inspirational local singing teacher Lottie Dawson. He states that although he sang only a couple of lines he was extremely nervous.

Boe moved to London and studied singing at the Royal College of Music, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House’s Vilar Young Artists Programme. In 1999 and 2000, he was featured as the “opera dude” on albums by The Clint Boon Experience, led by the former organist of the Inspiral Carpets. In 1999 he sang Ernesto for Scottish Opera in their Opera-Go-Round production of Don Pasquale, touring widely throughout Scotland.

Baz Luhrmann, who had spent two years looking for the lead for his Broadway production of La Bohme, approached Boe for the role.[7] Boe subsequently appeared (credited as Alfred Boe) on the 2002 Broadway Cast Recording released by Bazmark Live Pty Ltd. Boe and the other principal leads received a Tony Honors Award in 2003. He has also sung the role at Glyndebourne and the English National Opera.

Les Miserables on Broadway


 

Les Miserables , is a sung-through musical based on the novel Les Miserables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. The London production has run continuously since October 1985: the second longest-running musical in the world. It is the longest-running musical in the West End.

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

 

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