"Les Mis" star Randal Keith out with fractured ankle
A Saturday matinee of the Arvada Center's "Les Miserables" ended miserably for Broadway star Randal Keith after a misstep on stage sent him to a hospital with a broken ankle.
Just 10 minutes into the performance, the leading man tripped on a corner of the massive barricade while exiting the fog-filled stage, said marketing director Cynthia DeLarber.
"He was just walking," DeLarber said.
Keith, who plays Jean Valjean, was diagnosed with a dislocated fracture in three places. He is expected to require surgery.
Saturday's matinee was canceled. Understudy Drew Frady, who has appeared in many Arvada Center productions, including the recent "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," took over the role Saturday night and will continue through the end of the run Oct. 19.
Audience members at the matinee were given tickets to an alternate performance or refunds, DeLarber said.
"Les Mis" is expected to draw record crowds to the intimate Arvada Center, one of only 15 regional theaters chosen by British producer Cameron Mackintosh for the popular production.
Keith, who has appeared in more performances of "Les Mis" than any other actor, was cast alongside 30 of the area's best-known actors.