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Les Miserables Valjean comparison - Soliloquy (What Have I Done)

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I put as many different portrayals here as I could. If a certain actor doesn't appear here I either couldn't find or didn't have audio/video of them singing the song, or they didn't perform the role until after the video was published. Martin Smith, Gary Morris, Dudu Fisher, Craig Schulman, Peter Karrie, Brian Lynch, Tamas Foldes, Rob Guest, Robert Marien, Henk Poort, Mark McKerracher, Mark Turnbull, Pedro Ruy Blas, William Solo, Takeshi Kaga, Cocoy Laurel, Colm Wilkinson, Jerzy Jeszke, Jeff Leyton, Stig Rossen, Greg Stone, Dave Willetts, Fred Inkley, Sandor Sasvari, Reinhard Brussmann, Charles Fornara, John Owen-Jones, Bart Shatto, Paul Vickers, Chris Fennessy, Paul Monaghan, Hans Peter Janssens, Mike Stirling, David Michael Felty, Andrew Varela, Hartwig Rudolz, Sean Kingsley, Nicholas Pound, Randal Keith, Tim Godwin, Roger Seyer, Phil Cavill, Chris Murray, Alexander Gemignani, John Cudia, Hugh Panaro, J Mark McVey, Rob Evan, Drew Sarich, Killian Donnelly, Simon Bowman, Christopher Jacobsen, Lawrence Clayton, Alfie Boe, Ron Sharpe, Jonathan Williams, Christopher Key, David Shannon, John Brink, Geronimo Rauch, Peter Lockyer, Nathaniel Hackmann, Hugh Jackman, Chris Holland, Thomas Borchert, Kim Sung-Min, Jeong Sung-Hwa, Gregg Goodbrod, Ramin Karimloo, Daniel Koek, Joseph Tokarz, Simon Gleeson, Nehal Joshi, Jordan Stocksdale, James Gant, Will Ray, Daniel Diges, Aaron Walpole, Simon Shorten, Adam Bayjou, Mike Eldred, Aaron Ferguson, Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Bradley Jaden
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Ben Weiss (15 days ago)
Fun fact: Brian Lynch, who played Jean Valjean in the third national tour currently directs shows for the summer theatre program at North Central College. I recently had the opportunity to audition for Little Mermaid a few days ago and got called back for Prince Eric. He is a fantastic person and I am proud of his many accomplishments.
Logan Stommel (2 months ago)
I know Bart shatto! He’s such a cool guy and an amazing mentor! He played Val Jean on broadway as well not just the tour!
Danalee Lavelle (4 months ago)
I love the comparisons. I noted a few of these 'professionals' were often flat.
Andrew Hawcroft (6 months ago)
It´s great to see the understudies also.
Peppermint Snowdrift (8 months ago)
Ooo! Bart Shatto....and David Felty! Randal Keith's attitude is cool! I like Roger Seyer's final note. Alexander Gemignani's look is cool. Killian Donnelly has a powerful voice. Laurence Clayton sounds cool. So does Alfie. I like David Shannon's voice, and I like John Brink's voice, too. Peter Lockyer has an interesting voice. Daniel Koek performs a REALLY good rendition of the song. Simon Gleeson sounds cool. Adam Bayjou is hot, and he's a good singer. Mike Eldred is hot, too! Kyle Jean-Baptiste sounds really good. Bradley Jaden is hot.
Peppermint Snowdrift (8 months ago)
I have been listening to the Complete Symphonic recording since about 1995, or so! I LOVE it!
Kalli Karagianes (8 months ago)
Kyle!! 😭❤️
Kalli Karagianes (8 months ago)
Ramin!!
Hoax Buster (1 year ago)
Karimloo, Wilkinson, or Sarich
JaredTaylorProds (1 year ago)
No Drew Sarich? Okay, that's cool...
The Riot Saints (1 year ago)
Colm hands down... still my fav but DAM... listen to the power, clarity and control of Aaron Walpole GEEZUS the man simply puts it on cruise and yea well if you don’t believe me listen to again and compare him to the rest.
kingdom hearts fan (1 year ago)
I’m going with Lockyer and jackman
John Reinhold (1 year ago)
Colm duh, Layton, Ramin, JoJ - not here?
honza. dvori (1 year ago)
All of them are singers with huge S.
Detectivefiction (2 years ago)
Mark McKerracher was the one I saw on Broadway...wow, nearly 25 years ago now!
Barbara Army (2 years ago)
Colm and Ramin, however, such a demanding role and all are vocally lovely.
Lottie_Newell (2 years ago)
Adam Bayjou is still my favirote
Saza H (1 year ago)
LittleTiger2505 I've been in amateur shows with him. Such talent and a thoroughly lovely bloke to boot! 😊
Brady Love (2 years ago)
You should do a Javert comparison with the end of "Stars" ;)
jamesthemaniac (2 years ago)
Lawrence Clayton blew my mind away.
Hazomina 72 (2 years ago)
How high does this go?
Josh Tanzer (2 years ago)
Hazomina 72 it goes to a Bb but the last note is an A
Thatperformer387 (2 years ago)
Oh lord that first one was horrible!!!
julie Harris (2 days ago)
R. I. P Mr. Martin Smith
AmronSal (2 years ago)
I really like the Way Off Broadway one, can someone send me a link for just Jordan Stocksdale?
JACK_ MTG (2 years ago)
Can't decide my favourite....between Peter Lockyer, Ramin karimloo and Alfie boe.
Redeye Percussion (2 years ago)
Gary Morris is the gold standard Valjean. Colm may have acted if better, but Gary had the pipes like none of the others (English speaking, there are some non-English gems).
Craig Whitney (1 year ago)
I agree. It’s taboo to oppose Colm, but I’ve always liked Gary Morris’ voice better!
Redeye Percussion (2 years ago)
That's great to hear that he's a nice guy. So many of those great singers are total jerks outside of performing. Philip Quast is awesome on that recording as well.
J. J. (2 years ago)
Redeye Percussion He's my absolute favorite, hands down. I heard him sing Bring Him Home live at a concert, and it was amazing. Even got to meet him. Such a nice guy, too!
Hazomina 72 (2 years ago)
It sounds like Bradley Jaden brought it down a key
samaradp (2 years ago)
Simon Gleeson <3 He was great when I saw him.
Bdway Kit (2 years ago)
I have to ask where did you find some of these non broadway JVJ's? Two very good friends are on your list. ..PS Will Ray is a current US on Broadway !
LesMiserablesCats 24601 (2 years ago)
No he wasn't The only Valjeans were Ramin, Alfie, JOJ, Kyle Jean-Baptiste.
Hazomina 72 (2 years ago)
I was in several amateur shows with Bradley Jaden: Oliver, Godspell, Pirates of Penzance to name a few. The guy just couldn't hold a note, yet now he's mastered his barritone range and can now sing Valjean! Just goes to show what proper training and commitment can accomplish!
Samantha Miller (3 years ago)
please please send me the link to where you found simon gleeson's audio or send me the file! thank
Samantha Miller (3 years ago)
+Betsy Haze OH MY GOD. Listening to it right now. Literally thank you so much! Thank you!!!! AHHHH MY LIFE IS COMPLETE
Betsy Haze (3 years ago)
+Samantha Miller it was gifted on tumblr! http://www.4shared.com/zip/Ynq7hbhice/Les_Misrables__Mel__-_2014_07_.html xx
Jake Quirke (3 years ago)
hey, where did you get the Peter Karrie clip? Am a family member, doesn't souns anything like I know him to sound.
Danny Reyntiens (2 years ago)
Jake Quirke I agree I don't think that's Peter Karrie either
Betsy Haze (3 years ago)
+Jake Quirke http://atruevaljean.tumblr.com/post/129945731223/peter-karrie-valjeans-soliloquy-august-12
Mikee Espiritu (3 years ago)
saw Simon Gleeson yesterday.. he is phenomenal.. love him .
Stephen Hoebee (3 years ago)
Where did u find lawrence clayton?
Victoria Pontmercy (3 years ago)
Bradley Jaden is honestly the best Enjolras I have seen/heard, I was so disappointed when he wasn't there the second time i went - he's great as valjean too
Asian Guy in TO (3 years ago)
Thank you for doing this! I love it!
leedscab123 (3 years ago)
Forgot to mention I have seen Peter Karrie, Henk Poort, Colm Wilkinson, Jeff leyton, Dave Willets, JOJ, Phil Cavill, Drew Sarich, Killian Donnelly, Simon Bowman, Jonathan Williams, Geronimo Rauch, Peter Lockyer, Chris Holland, Ramin Karimloo, Daniel Koek and the late sadly missed Kyle Jean Baptiste.
LesMiserablesCats 24601 (2 years ago)
Killian Donnelly is actually going to be in the role of Valjean on the West End soon.
leedscab123 (3 years ago)
Lets face it folks they are all brilliant, weel I mean you have to be to play the best male part in musical theatre.
Aliisan Tetik (3 years ago)
Rob Evan David Shannon Drew Sarich Chris Murray Alexander Gemingnani Thomas Brochert And Ramin Karimloo Are The Best Valjeans
Ron Chapman (3 years ago)
Where did the clip of Nehal Joshi in Dallas (26:03 mark) come from? Is there a video of the entire production?
whjk11b (3 years ago)
There is a full video of the Dallas non -replica, unfortunately not on Youtube :(
BNSF1995 (2 years ago)
The Valjeans I have seen: *J. Mark McVey - Los Angeles 2011, 4th US National Tour *Peter Lockyer - San Francisco 2012, 4th US National Tour *Ramin Karimloo - New York 2015, 2nd Broadway Revival Between the three. Ramin definitely tops them. I also saw Andrew Varela as Javert in 2011 and 2012. On another note, RIP Kyle Jean-Baptiste.
Mgcian55 (3 years ago)
Tops = Boe, Varela, Karimloo, Keith, Seyer,
Elena (3 years ago)
Could you do a 'you will not touch him' from miss saigon comparison?
geomusical (3 years ago)
Could you do a javert comparison please?