David Rogers is cast as the legendary “Les Misérables” French prisoner Jean Valjean.
Rogers has starred in major productions including Broadway revues, operetta and rock operas. His pedigree includes leading roles in the original Toronto production of “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Cats” and “Evita,” along with featured soloist performances with symphony orchestras across the country.
Lee Siegel is police inspector Javert, Valjean’s vengeful opponent. Siegel wowed Drayton Entertainment audiences in such past hits as “Miss Saigon”. Two seasons with the Stratford Festival brought Siegel to roles in “Tommy” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Siegel was part of Stratford’s cast that went to Broadway in 2012 for the revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Listen to Siegel’s story about his awful audition experience at The Stratford Festival on my podcast The Inadequate Life.
Ma-Anne Dionisio is the lovelorn Eponine. The Filipino-born Canadian actress became an international star with her portrayal of Kim in the original Toronto production of “Miss Saigon”. The role earned Dionisio nominations for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1994 and in 2011.
Dionisio has also performed in London’s West End, at the Stratford Festival, and is an accomplished Broadway performer. Dionisio is reprising the role of Eponine from the U.S. National Tour.
Jayme Armstrong graces the stage as the tragic figure Fantine. Armstrong is a favourite of Drayton audiences and she has been featured in musicals such as Disney’s”Mary Poppins”, “The Sound of Music”, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and the upcoming production of “Legally Blonde.”
The Music Director for Les Misérables is Robert Foster, one of the industry’s pre-eminent musicians. Foster has worked on numerous Drayton Entertainment productions including the acclaimed “Twist & Shout: The British Invasion”, “Evita” and “Legally Blonde”, as well as the Mirvish productions of “Rock Of Ages”, “Dirty Dancing” and “The Boys in the Photograph”. He has also worked with many popular musicians including Jann Arden, co-writing songs such as “Good Mother”, “It Looks Like Rain” and “Give Me Back My Heart”. He’s opened for such legends as Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
Also confirmed for “Les Misérables” is Lighting Designer Kevin Fraser and Costume Designer Rachel Berchtold, both of whom were involved in the landmark production of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” which launched the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge in 2013.
Alex Mustakas has tasked himself with the formidable challenge of directing the production. Celebrated for his expertise in maintaining intimacy within grand scale musicals, Mustakas has helmed countless productions in his distinguished career including the North American tour of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, along with such classic Drayton Entertainment productions as “Blood Brothers”, “Big River”, “Annie” and many more.