Friday, August 20, 2021

RACHELLE ANN GO Returning as FANTINE for “LES MIZ” on London WEST END Starting AUGUST 31


The world of stage theatre was yet another high-profile sector of entertainment that felt the blow of COVID-19 since last year. Quite the number of productions ended up being closed by the pandemic, and even as theatres around the world strive to bring things back to normal, many of the aforementioned closed musicals and such would never reopen. But the productions that did resume playing on stage will need performers. And if it is a returning production then as many of its cast would need to come back. That is the case for “Les Miserables” on West End, as actress Rachelle Ann Go again makes ready to “dream a dream.”

As would have it, Rachelle Ann Go is returning to the stage as part of the cast of iconic musical “Les Miserables,” which will be playing at London’s West End starting at the very end of this month. That means, of course, that she will reprise the role of Fantine which she first portrayed in 2015, from the Queen’s Theatre, West End and even briefly in The Theatre at Solaire, Manila in 2016. This was announced by the official “Les Miz UK” Instagram page this past Thursday, August 19.

In response, Rachelle Ann has been very excited as she reacted on her own IG account. “Oh my! I wasn’t able to finish my @lesmizofficial run last year,” she gushed, referring to the cancellation of theatrical productions in 2020 upon the onset of the pandemic. “So I’m really excited to do Les Miz Concert on my birthday! What a treat!” She then adds cheekily that she hopes her son Lukas by husband Martin Spies will not be upset that she would be away for several days, adding that she needs to start training her vocals (Fantine is easily remembered for singing “I Dreamed a Dream”) and saving up breast-milk for her son before opening night.

Rachelle Ann Go has had the magnificent fortune of being part of no less than three top theatrical productions from West End to Broadway in the previous decade: “Miss Saigon” (Gigi), “Les Miz” (Fantine), and then Eliza Schulyer-Hamilton from “Hamilton.” Her comeback as Fantine is not really difficult travel-wise as it seems, considering she, Martin and Lukas live in London. She will carry the role anew from August 31 to September 4, with Lucie Jones (formerly Cossette) stepping up for the finale performance September 5.

Image courtesy of YouTube


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