There is an event on the horizon that is not to be missed. And that event is a special one-night-only benefit performance of Les Misérables! In less than two short weeks, an incredible cast will take the stage. Among them will be one of the original stars of Les Misérables , Colm Wilkinson, who played the Bishop in the Academy Award–winning film adaptation. Plus, the young Canadian star Ramin Karimloo will be playing the role of Jean Valjean — before he heads off to reprise it in the upcoming new Broadway production.
With such a fabulous cast, no doubt the performance will be a must-see. But even more remarkable than the production itself is what the event will achieve. Five charities — including Casey House, Covenant House, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, The Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, and Theatre 20 — will all benefit from this magnificent night of theatre. I have been working with Casey House for many years, and it’s wonderful to hear that this valuable organization has been included in the list of charities that will benefit from the event.
In an interview with the CBC, Wilkinson describes the performance as a reinvention of the original Les Mis — one that has “kicked Les Misérables into the 21st century.” With praise like that coming from a man who knows the show inside and out, this production is sure to be outstanding. The one-night-only benefit performance will take place at the Princess of Wales Theatre at 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014.