Quantcast
Home » News
Home » News

Utah's Will Swenson lands role in 'Les Miz' revival

Published October 24, 2013 10:34 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Utah's own Broadway star Will Swenson has another major role in his near future.

Swenson, a Tony nominee for the revival of "Hair" and a star in the "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" musical, has signed on to the much-anticipated Broadway revival of "Les Miserables" next spring, reports Playbill.

Swenson will play Javert, the rigid lawman who relentlessly pursues the ex-convict Jean Valjean (played here by Ramin Karimloo). Swenson's singing voice is a fair sight better than that of Russell Crowe, who croaked through the role in last year's movie version.

Performances start March 1 at New York's Imperial Theatre, which was home to "Les Miz" for 13 years and 5,244 shows.

Swenson will be busy in the interim. He's scheduled to star in the off-Broadway musical "Little Miss Sunshine," based on the Oscar-winning movie. He's playing the harried dad, played in the movie by Greg Kinnear.

Utah theater fans with a long memory will remember Swenson, a grandson of the legendary Ruth Hale, got his start at the Hale Centre Theatre. (He came back a couple years ago for a fund-raiser, performing "110 in the Shade" with his now-wife, Broadway star Audra McDonald.) Swenson also helped usher in the Mormon Cinema boom a decade ago, as the star of "The Singles Ward."