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‘Les Miserables’ Star Nick Cartell to Sing National Anthem at Phillies Game Ahead of Show’s Expected Return to Philadelphia

‘Les Miserables’ Star Nick Cartell to Sing National Anthem at Phillies Game Ahead of Show’s Expected Return to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Hailed as the world’s most popular musical, the critically acclaimed Broadway show Les Miserables will return to Philadelphia this summer.

The show will kick off the new Broadway season in Philadelphia in August, and Ensemble Arts Philly says it sells out every time the tour comes to town.

On Wednesday night, one of the show’s stars will also start the Phillies game.

“I think it’s not just the story, it’s the characters, it’s the music,” says Nick Cartell, who plays Jean Valjean. “I mean, ‘On My Own,’ ‘I Dreamed a Dream,’ ‘One Day More,’ it’s full of hits and classics.”

This is the third time Cartell has toured Philadelphia.

“I’m so excited to bring this show to the audience there,” Cartell says. “First of all, the Academy of Music is one of the most beautiful theaters in the country. It’s absolutely stunning. I think the fact that we can present such an epic show in such an epic space elevates it. And the icing on the cake is that the audience loves the show, loves hearing the music, and loves watching this story unfold every night.”

Cartell has been playing the role of Jean Valjean for the past five and a half years.

“I’ve done over 1,200 performances as Jean Valjean,” he marvels. “There are things I discover every night on that stage. I think that keeps it fresh for me.”

Ahead of the tour’s planned return, Cartell will sing the national anthem for Fightin’s.

“I’m so excited to sing the national anthem and do it for the Phillies,” he says. “It’s a dream come true.”

Cartell will sing just before the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. with former Bachelorette finalist Zac Clarke, who is ready to throw out the first pitch.

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“Les Miserables” will be performed at the Academy of Music from August 27 to September 8.

For tickets and information about Les Miserables’ return to Philadelphia, visit EnsembleArtsPhilly.org.

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