Hayden Tee Menaces as Javert in Les Mis
New Zealand-born, NIDA-trained actor Hayden Tee has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Javert in the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables, which has made its long-awaited return to Brisbane.
“Audiences’ reactions [to Javert] have been fascinating; Perth booed a lot at curtain call,” Tee says.
“I never saw him as a villain … he is the antagonist though.
“Like in life, no one’s right or wrong; they’re just doing what they think is best in that moment.”
Next year, Tee is off to New York to play Javert on Broadway.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century revolutionary France, Les Misérables spans several decades and through its main and supporting characters explores the universal themes of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption.
Les Misérables plays Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Lyric Theatre through 10 January 2016.
Original article by Seanna Cronin, Sunshine Coast Daily, November 7, 2015.