One of the most celebrated shows in musical theatre history, Les Misérables has built the careers of countless performers on Broadway and around the world. In honor of the second revival’s Broadway bow, The Ensemblist interviewed Les Mis veterans Randy Graff, Elena Shaddow, and Max Von Essen, as well as current revival cast member Arbender Robinson.
Les Miz is a show that is famously built from its ensemblists. From almost every actor playing multiple roles to a score where almost every song has a sweeping choral component, to its infamous rehearsal process created by actors’ improvisions, the show is one that thrives on the ensemblist spirit.
In this episode, the four guests describe their tracks throughout the show, share insider stories on the rehearsal process, and describe what it is like to be a part of an international phenomenon such as Les Misérables.
Randy Graff (Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, A Class Act, High Society, Falsettos, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Moon Over Buffalo, Grease, Sarava, City of Angels)
Elena Shaddow (Les Misérables, Sweet Smell of Success, Nine, Fiddler on the Roof, The Woman in White, La Cage aux Folles, Bridges of Madison County)
Arbender Robinson (The Lion King, Hairspray, The Little Mermaid, Hair, Ragtime, Book of Mormon, Beautiful, Les Misérables)
Max Von Essen (Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dance of the Vampires, Evita)