Beyond the Red Vest (or Jacket)

For These "Les Mis" Veterans, Dying on a Barricade Was Only the Beginning...

Sharon L. Taylor  |  Photos by Kyle Froman; as posted on jasonforbach.com; all rights held by producer Cameron Mackintosh.
Posted:
August 07, 2013

One of the most indelible images from the musical Les Misérables is the leader of the student rebellion, resplendent in his red vest (jacket, in the movie), who dies dramatically in the name of his ideals. Enjolras has long been a fan favorite, and four of the men who have played this iconic figure are making theatrical news of their own right now. Aaron Tveit, the Broadway veteran (Catch Me if You Can, Next to Normal) who brought Enjolras to movie screens last December, performed a sold-out concert at 54 Below in New York earlier this year. On September 10, a live recording will be released, The Radio in My Head: Live at 54 Below. It’s available for preorder at amazon.com right now. In the meantime, catch Tveit in his new USA Network series, Graceland, on Thursday nights … For years, whenever Les Mis fans thought about Enjolras, the voice they heard was Anthony Warlow’s — the award-winning baritone who immortalized the role for the Complete Symphonic Recording of the musical alongside Philip Quast as Javert and Michael Ball as Marius. For as many years, American fans pined because Warlow was home-based in Australia, where he originated the role in the original Aussie production. These days, you can find him starring as Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway revival of Annie — a part he’s played in two previous productions back home. Hear for yourself why he’s been called the best Daddy Warbucks ever on the new cast recording,  available at Barnes & Noble and via amazon.com … A few months ago, Jason Forbach stormed the barricades when the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Mis settled into Houston for a sold-out run. He continues to play Enjolras to this day and in August released a new song titled, appropriately enough, “Revolutionary.” It’s available for digital download via itunes and amazon.com. He's dedicating a portion of the proceeds to Ear Candy, a charity that assists public school music programs. Don’t miss the song's companion track, “Bring Him Home” — a melody Forbach knows well, as an instrumental version accompanies his character’s death tableau each night … Finally, Houston’s resident Enjolras, Todd Waite (who originated the role in the Canadian premiere), will once again star in David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries at the Alley Theatre, November 29 through December 31 — a one-man show brought back by popular demand. For tickets or more information, visit alleytheatre.org.

IMAGE:
Jason Forbach in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables, as posted on jasonforbach.com; photo by Kyle Froman. All rights held by producer Cameron Mackintosh. For more information about Les Misérables around the world, visit lesmis.com.

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