After 7 months and 3 weeks of Fantine, I'm all done... and what a magical afternoon it was.
I don't think the show ever felt as comfortable and as electrified as it did last night. From start to finish all of us felt it was a special show, as it was the last one we would ever do with the line-up as it was. Emotional... raw... energized... I had tears in my eyes for many moments of the show (even in places where I don't ever cry). I was saying good-bye to a part of my life that was incredibly special, a part of my life that, chances are, I won't experience again.
Fantine was the role of a lifetime thus far in my existence and experience as an actor. I was never given the opportunity to sink my teeth into anyone like her, to take a journey that was at times terrifying and exhilirating. I was driven into near obsession... at first just to make sure I wouldn't make a fool of myself on stage, but as things went on, it was to make the audience (hopefully) feel something real. I've read amateur as well as professional reviews of my performance, and I took each one as a benchmark for how I was doing at any given week, and how much else I could do. Thank you for posting your opinions... you have no idea how much you shaped my performances. It kept me humble, grounded and sane.
Now, to quote the good-bye card of another cast member that recently left Les Miz, onward and upward. My own life's adventures continue, and who knows where my path will take me. All I know is that it'll be an exciting ride, and one I hope you all take with me.
To everyone that came to see Les MIz during my run, many many thanks for supporting me and the rest of the company. It means a lot to us -- both the old timers and those making their Broadway debuts -- that you came to see our show. It's one that we love doing every night, and one we hope you love as well.
Till next time! See you at the stage door!