Aug 30, 2015
By Bob Sheppard
The youngest person ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape.
Twenty-one year-old Kyle Jean-Baptiste was also the first African-American to play the role.
He died late Friday night following the evening performance of “Les Miserables” at New York’s Imperial Theatre.
Jean-Baptisre was one of the show’s ensemble members and was an understudy for the role of Valjean. His history-making debut in the role was on July 23rd.
His last performance as Jean Valjean was Thursday.