Sierra Boggess in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre
American Musical Theatre Star Returns to the West End in the Summer
“Les Misérables” finds itself back in the news today, over three months since former “The Wizard Of Oz” star Danielle Hope was announced as the new Eponine. This time around it is a former star of the sequel to “Phantom of the Opera” – “Love Never Dies” – who will be making her way to the Queen’s Theatre as Sierra Boggess lands the role of Fantine. It means that audiences will have an opportunity to witness someone onstage that is considered a West End star.
Sierra Boggess is an American performer whose best known west end shows are “Love Never Dies” and the “The Phantom the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert”, the former of which played at the Adelphi Theatre and the latter at the Royal Albert Hall. On both occasions she played the part of Christine Daaé and in the case of the former she was also the originator of the part. Her other credits include “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway and “Love, Loss, And What I Wore”, also on Broadway, meaning that she has fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
“Les Misérables” takes audiences back to the times of Napoleonic France where the focus is on former convict Jean Valjean, whose release from prison sees him land on hard time as he is shunned by the local community. He is ultimately caught stealing silver and, despite a local priest covering for him, the determined Inspector Javert chases him in the hope of putting him away for violating parole. This cat and mouse story spans decades, whilst Paris begins to fall back into the realms of revolution around them.
The production is the longest running musical in the capital, having opened in 1985 at the Barbican and transferring firstly to the Palace Theatre later in the same year and then to the Queen’s Theatre in 2004. As a result it celebrated its 25th anniversary in the capital with a special performance at The O2 Arena in October 2010.
“Les Misérables” continues at its home of the Queen’s Theatre and is currently booking to Saturday 27th October 2012.