celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary! Morris was the first American
singer/actor to have performed the lead role of Jean Valjean. He took
over that role at the height of it’s success on Broadway in 1987-88.
on Victor Hugo’s 19th century novel about the causes of the French
Revolution, Morris had 3 weeks to learn the challenging role and songs.
The actor scheduled to take the lead in New York suddenly died. The
play’s creator, Sir Cameron Macintosh, chose
the Ft. Worth, Texas native to take over; Morris took over on Nov. 30,
1987. Gary Morris received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor in
1988 and a Command Performance invitation from Queen Elizabeth.
Morris as Valjean did a superb job and put more emotion into his
singing than Wilkinson. His range is amazing, and his passion for that
role was obvious.”
role of Valjean on Broadway was a game changer. I’m forever in debt to a
wonderful cast and crew that made my New York experience a musical
dream.” the multi-award winning singer reflects.
1989, Morris was once again chosen by Sir Cameron Macintosh to perform
the show stopping song “Bring Him Home” on the Grammy Award winning, Les’ Miserables’ Complete Symphonic International Cast Recording.
Morris has had 5 Number One singles on the Country Music charts,
including his signature piece “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which won song of
the year awards from both The Country Music Association as well as The
Academy of Country Music Awards. Morris has also garnered sixteen Top 10
singles, many of which he wrote. He continues his acting and has had
recurring roles in General Hospital, The Colby’s, Designing Women, Mike
Hammer and many other network programs.
a 15 year intermission on his “Mountain Spirit” ranch in Colorado, Gary
Morris is recording and preparing to launch a tour.
events are planned both in London at The Queen’s Theater and in New
York at The Imperial Theater beginning on Thursday, Oct. 8 in
celebration of Les Miserables’ 30th Anniversary. Other events will take
place throughout the coming year.