Prior to heading overseas, the Australian production of Les Miserables has made one final stop over at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Lyric Theatre. Compared to the more comical productions of Anything Goes and Strictly Ballroom the Musical which have called the theatre home in recent months, this is a much more serious show, and in my opinion is a great choice for anyone who loves watching something for its storyline and sheer vocal prowess.
During a media call a few weeks ago for Les Miserables, I was fortunate enough to get a few minutes to speak with Hayden Tee, who portrays Javert in this production. You can read the transcript of this interview below.
I had originally done a video recording of this interview, however due to time constraints I have had to scale back and do an ordinary transcribed interview this time around. I hope to have a video version uploaded at some point in time however.
You have traveled around Australia with Les Mis for a while now. What has your experience with the show been like?
I’ve had an absolute dream. This role is a gift, and the show is so amazing it affects so many people, its so relevant and its an important story to tell. So I think, its been wonderful to be able to go out there and give people something that’s important and also have them really appreciate it and love it. Its a gift.
What do you think has allowed Les Mis to stand the test of time?
I think its about the human condition, its about humanity and hope. And the music, the score is so effecting. Every single song appeals to different people, and any person can get something from some part of Les Mis. So they can identify to one of the roles at least.
Have there been any particularly memorable moments while touring with the show?
*Laughs* Look, I have to say, every single show is different, and the thing I have really loved is seeing Australia as well. I’ve never been to Brisbane before apart from a couple of days, and now I’m getting to stay here for ten weeks and really appreciate different parts of Australia. Its been great.
and on the topic of Brisbane, are you worried about having to perform during our Summer?
I am, as you can see I am probably sweating right now. I’m a sweater as it is, and I wear lots of really heavy coats and clothes, and lots of layers, so I am. I need to get a fan for my dressing room!
Do you any particular favourite scenes during the show?
That changes all the time. My favourite scene that I do is “Stars”, and my favourite scene, bit of music that someone else does is the epilogue where Jean Valjean sings “Alone I Wait in the Shadows” et cetera, et cetera. I think that’s the most beautiful piece of music, I love listening to it every night.
Do you have any advice for those looking to make a break into theatre?
Just work really hard. I love the quote that says “Luck is opportunity meets preparation”. So work really hard, you do all your homework for roles, for auditions, learn everything and just have tunnel vision and don’t give up – don’t ever give up.
Finally, Are you excited about the coming weeks in Brisbane?
Yeah, I can’t wait. I’m excited to see Brisbane, meet people, obviously do the show for the wonderful audiences, but also see what the city has to offer.
Thank you very much for your time!
Les Misérables is currently being performed at the QPAC Lyric Theatre until January 17 2016. This is the last leg of the show’s Australian tour, with cast members including Simon Gleeson, Hayden Tee and Patrice Tipoki to take on their roles in productions around the world.