INTERVIEW: Jordan Shaw, at the moment enjoying Enjolras within the West Finish manufacturing of Les Misérables


Contemporary from showing in one of many world’s most liked musicals, Jordan finds a while to talk to us about his profession and being a part of the world’s longest-running musical. 

You’re at the moment enjoying the position of Enjolras within the West Finish manufacturing of Les Miserables. How does it really feel to be enjoying such an iconic position and to be flying that crimson flag each evening?

It’s an absolute honour to be part of Les Miserables. The present has been operating for 36 years and there have been so many unbelievable actors which have been part of this present, so for me to be enjoying the position of Enjolras and waving the flag, I by no means take it as a right. I really imagine it is a masterpiece of a present and I’m so grateful to be part of it.

What was your first publicity to Les Miserables and has it been a present you’ve needed to do since then?

I grew up as a musical theatre child listening to totally different reveals, and I at all times liked listening to Les Mis. Nonetheless, it wasn’t till my early teenagers that I bought to see the manufacturing in London and fell in love with it. I at all times needed to be part of the present, however I simply by no means noticed myself in it. It wasn’t till later in my coaching that the dream of enjoying Enjolras grew to become one thing that I really aspired to.

What does better illustration and variety in theatre imply to you?

It’s so vital to me. If I didn’t see black males that appeared like me onstage once I was just a little child, I don’t suppose I’d have been impressed to comply with by way of with my pastime to make it a profession now. I believe musical theatre is a fantasy land, and it’s time to actually begin stepping out of what’s anticipated and problem individuals’s opinions of how theatre can characterize all totally different shapes, colors, sizes, sexualities, and genders. I’m conscious that within the final 36 years of Les Miserables being on the town, there haven’t been many black individuals enjoying principal roles. It’s an absolute honour that I’ve the privilege of hopefully with the ability to encourage younger children that come to observe the present in order that they see themselves and suppose they’ll do one thing like this too.

Les Miserables has so many iconic and great roles, when you had been to modify one night and play some other position within the present, which one would you select and why?

I’m going to should say Thénardier. It’s such an unbelievable position since you get to be humorous, however you additionally get the superior distinction of being a villain as effectively. He supplies a lot aid for a present that’s well-known to be fairly unhappy.

Trying again at your profession, you’ve gained many credit, from leads and understudy roles to West Finish and Fringe productions. Are there any reveals or roles that also stay near you in the present day?

That must be my first job out of drama faculty, The Scottsboro Boys, which was on the Younger Vic. I used to be a Swing and a Dance Captain, in order you possibly can think about I used to be very busy and really pressured. I want I had taken a second to understand what an unbelievable piece of theatre I used to be part of. Folks nonetheless speak about it in the present day, and if it had been to ever come round once more, I’d like to be part of it.

You beforehand performed the position of Simba in The Lion King; what was it like enjoying a real-life legendary Disney character?

It was an absolute dream come true! Once I was youthful I at all times needed to play Simba in The Lion King, and a number of my coaching and my focus was impressed by that position. To be part of it was an absolute ‘pinch me’ second. We took the present internationally to cities that don’t have such an enormous theatre neighborhood – it was so good to really feel the love of theatre in so many alternative nations all over the world.

You’ve carried out in numerous theatres, each massive and small. How would you evaluate the expertise of enjoying in enormous iconic homes to smaller intimate ones?

I personally want smaller venues as a result of it means you may be essentially the most sincere and truthful together with your efficiency and performing. Nonetheless, I’ve been fortunate to be part of massive ensemble reveals comparable to Miss Saigon and CATS in some enormous venues, which implies which you could actually carry out and provides it your absolute all so you possibly can have interaction with the viewers on the prime and proper in the back of the theatre.

Trying past Les Miserables, are there some other roles that you’d like to play sooner or later?

I’ve been eager for the day that Jason Robert Brown’s Parade involves London. I did it once I was on the Brit College and I’d completely love to provide my shot at enjoying it professionally too. I believe it’s such an unbelievable present and it means so much to me. As well as, I’d like to play Fiyero in Depraved, that’s positively a dream position of mine as effectively.


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