MANILA - Following her role as hardened bar girl Gigi in "Miss Saigon," Rachelle Ann Go has been announced as the new Fantine in the 30th anniversary staging of "Les Miserables" in London.
The team behind the West End production made the announcement Monday, along with other new cast members of "Les Miserables" starting June 15 at the Queen's Theatre.
Go will join Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, Rob Houchen as Marius, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine, and Bradley Jaden as Enjolras.
The former Kapamilya star's casting is one of the major changes in the production, according to the announcement, along with Phil Daniels as Thenardier, Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Katy Secombe as Madame Thenardier, and Zoe Doano as Cossette.
Lea Salonga previously played Fantine in the 25th anniversary production of "Les Miserables," 15 years after she portrayed Eponine in the musical's 10th anniversary staging.
In the recent Hollywood adaptation of the musical, American actress Anne Hathaway played the mother forced into prostitution who is best remembered for her anguished number "I Dreamed A Dream."
Go, whose final performance as Gigi in the ongoing "Miss Saigon" was on May 9, has included "I Dreamed A Dream" in her repertoire over the years, along with other tunes from West End and Broadway favorites.
Fantine is Go's latest high-profile role in a musical, following "Miss Saigon," and Ariel and Jane in the Philippine productions of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" and "Tarzan," respectively.
Early this year, she was also tapped to perform "A Dream is A Dream Your Heart Makes" by Disney to go with regional promotions of the live-action "Cinderella" film.