Ocean State Actor Returns Home for ’Les Miz’
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), will launch their 2013-14 season with the Rhode Island Regional Theatre Premiere of "Les Misérables," which runs through Oct. 27.
"Les Misérables" takes place in 19th century France as Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways.
Directed and staged by Producing Artistic Director Amiee Turner, with musical direction by John Jay Espino, who music directed last spring's production of "The King and I," the cast includes Rhode Island resident Fredric S. Scheff, who toured the country in "Phantom of the Opera." Scheff will be making his OSTC debut in the role of Valjean. Valjean's nemesis, Javert, will be portrayed by Boston Conservatory graduate Kevin B McGlynn, who spoke with EDGE.
McGlynn was a huge fan of "Les Miserables" when he saw it on Broadway during its 16-year run there. (It had a similarly long run in London, and has been seen throughout the world since it premiered in 1985. Last year it was turned into an equally popular motion picture.)
"It sort of blew me away," McGlynn recalled. "I had never seen such a full, dramatic piece on stage before. I remember crying several times throughout the show."
McGlynn is a Medford, Mass native and has appeared in national tours of "Kiss Me, Kate," "All Shook Up" and "Forbidden Broadway." He has also been featured in North Shore Music Theatre’s "9 to 5" and "The Sound of Music." Performing on stage is hugely rewarding for the actor.
"I don’t think there’s any bigger natural high you can get," McGlynn said. "It’s a thrill to be there and have that immediacy."
McGlynn believes "Les Miserables" resonates with audiences in part due to its themes of unrequited love and political and social upheaval.
"Although ("Les Miserables") does not take place in this day and age, everybody in this day and age can relate to someone’s struggle," McGlynn noted. "The theme of the story is very universal. It’s very relatable to everybody in this day and age, whether its political or emotional."
McGlynn has enjoyed working at Ocean State Theater and appreciates being so close to his hometown.
"I love it, so (the theater) is only an hour and twenty minutes from my home," McGlynn said. "It’s a great opportunity for me to have family and friends come down to see the show."
The cast also includes Meagan McNulty (Cosette) and Tommy Labanaris (Marius), Alyssa Gorgone (Eponine), and Lindsie VanWinkle (Fantine), and Scott Guthrie as Enjolras. The Thenardiers will be portrayed by real-life newlywed couple JP Sarro and Nicole Paloma Sarro.
The role of Gavroche will be shared between Bobby Miller III and Iain Yarbrough., with Laurel McMahon and Grace Truslow alternating in the roles of Young Cosette and Young Eponine.
"Les Misérables" will be presented at Ocean State Theatre from Oct. 2 - 27. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, Oct. 3 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Wednesday (except Oct. 9 & 23) through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except Oct. 17 & 24), Saturdays at 2:00 pm (except Oct. 19 & 26) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Visit the theater’s website for more information.