(from Broadwayworld, 7/26; via Pam Green.)
LES MISERABLES history was made this week when a 21-year-old African-American actor went on as Jean Valjean.
Jean Valjean understudy Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who usually plays Constable and Courfeyrac, is not only the youngest Jean Valjean to appear on Broadway, but he is also the first African American one to do so. Besides making history, Jean-Baptiste fulfilled a personal goal.
"Today I go on as my dream role," he tweetedon Thursday. "No words. Guna remember this night."
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