Sadly it has been announced that British actor Earl Carpenter has withdrawn from the Broadway production of Les Miserables so that he can undergo a small procedure to ensure a full recovery from a neck injury.
Will Swenson recently reprised his performance as Javert at New York's Imperial Theatre to cover for Carpenter. Adam Monley is set will take over from 22nd December for a limited run until 29th January 2016.
Monley is an original cast member of the Broadway revival; he currently plays the Bishop, appears in the ensemble and understudies the role of Javert. The Broadway revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s musical is directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor.
The current cast includes Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Montego Glover as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alexandra Finke as Cosette, Wallace Smith as Enjolras and Gavin Lee & Rachel Izen as the Thenardiers. John Owen-Jones takes over as Jean Valjean from 28th February 2016.
Writing on his website, Carpenter said: "I felt it important to write this, more of a massive thank you to the continued support the management here have shown throughout this set-back. A thank you to the wonderfully supportive cast that continue to send me good vibes and a thank you to Cameron Mackintosh for his continued support.
"As much as the pain has greatly diminished there is unfortunately still some residual impingement caused by the herniations. Having been referred to an Anaesthesiologist, I shall be having a small procedure that WILL allow me to make a full recovery. Regretfully the medical recommendation, to ensure there is no risk of further injury that might undo the healing process, is that I am not able to return to finish my run in Les Misérables on Broadway.
"It’s never nice to finish a contract like this, especially when there's nothing anyone can do. I can’t begin to describe my frustration and sadness. Everyone, the 'Les Miz Family' is ensuring I’m fit and well for the next project and for that I am so incredibly grateful. I’m so appreciative for the opportunity to have worked on Broadway again and with such a great cast, supportive management and of course the Twitter support that you guys has shown me."
The Broadway revival of Les Miserables will close on 4th September 2016.
West End Frame wishes Earl Carpenter a speedy recovery