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Les Misérables - National Tour

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical.

Genevieve Leclerc Explains How She Digs Into ‘Tragic’ Fantine in Les Miz on Tour

Genevieve Leclerc Explains How She Digs Into ‘Tragic’ Fantine in Les Miz on Tour
Genevieve Leclerc in the national tour of 'Les Miserables'
'Fantine is one of literature’s most tragic female figures.'

Quebec native Genevieve Leclerc plays the tragic Fantine in Les Miserables, which comes to Calgary’s Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium from June 25 through July 7. Here, the actress talks about the power and emotion behind her role.

“Fantine is one of literature’s most tragic female figures,” Leclerc said. “As the audience, you see the walls closing in on her, but she keeps fighting to the end. For me, that’s what makes her story so tragic and compelling.”

To give her gut-wrenching solo, “I Dreamed A Dream,” as much depth as possible, Leclerc said she digs into Victor Hugo’s book, on which the musical is based. “The text of Les Miserables is an absolute must. There is so much information about the character in the novel. It’s rich with what is needed to understand Fantine.”

Leclerc is joined on stage by Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, Andrew Varela as Javert, Lauren Wiley as Cosette and Devin Ilaw as Marius.

In addition to beloved songs like “One Day More,” “On My Own” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?” Leclerc praised the new aspects of this newly reimagined production of Les Miz. “The set is stunning and pays tribute to Hugo's own paintings. It's immediate and raw. This new version puts a great deal of emphasis on love, hope and redemption.”