Philadelphia native Phoenix Best returns as Éponine in Les Miserables at the Academy of Music 3/17-3/29.

-Brenda Hillegas

This show will be postponed until a later date. Please visit the Kimmel Center’s website for details and updates. 

Philadelphia’s loves Les Miserables! The acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Tony Award-winning musical is back at the Academy of Music from March 17th to the 29th. When the musical was last here in 2018, it broke box office records during the two-week run! Don’t miss out on this iconic musical! Tickets are available here.

Phoenix_Best_HeadshotReturning in the role of Éponine is Philadelphia native Phoenix Best. She was recently seen on Broadway in both Dear Evan Hansen and the revival of The Color Purple. Find out more about her role and her love for Les Mis below!

Q: Growing up in Philadelphia, what local theatres or shows inspired you to pursuit a career in theatre?
A: The Walnut Street Theatre was my local theatre and I saw many shows there. When I was in elementary school my mom took me to see a production of Annie and I remember that was the moment I fell in love with performing.

Q: You saw Les Mis for the first time while working at Ticket Philadelphia and realized you wanted to play Éponine. Why? What drew you to the character/show?
A: When I saw Les Mis at the Academy of Music in 2012 I was drawn to Éponine because I remember what it was like to be a teenage girl dealing with unrequited. I loved how much strength she had, plus she has an amazing song!

Q: What lead you to eventually getting the role of Éponine?
A: The audition process for the show was long and I originally sent in a self tape for the role. Then casting brought me in person to audition with more material. After about 8 or 9 more auditions/callbacks I finally got the call that I booked the job.

Q: You’ve been playing Éponine for a few years now. What have you learned about her (or yourself) since you first took on the role?
A: Well I’ve only done the show in total for about six months because I started the tour in 2017 and then left after four months. I recently came back in November of 2019. I have learned so much about Éponine and myself, the main thing being we are always stronger than we think we are. Éponine has shown me that it’s okay to have emotions and to allow yourself to feel them and release them.

Q: What’s your favorite song in Les Mis? Why?
A: My favorite song is “On My Own”. It was my favorite before doing the show and now getting to sing it every night is one of the best feelings in the world.

Q: When Les Mis was in Philadelphia in 2018, it broke box office records! Why do you think people come back to see this show again and again?
A: I think people come back to the show because the story, while sad, is also uplifting and empowering. Everyone in the audience can connect with at least one character on the stage. Seeing real people going through real situations allows the audience to fall in love with the show, the characters and keep coming back!

Q: Is there anything you’re looking forward to doing while home in Philadelphia?
Of course I am looking forward to spending time with my family. Most importantly I am looking forward to going to Wawa and Dalessandro’s!

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