2008 News from hugh-panaro.net
January 6, 2008
Happy New Year from HPN!
A new portrait of Hugh has been added to the Fan Art page of the Gallery.
January 22, 2008
A photo of Hugh performing with Kelli O'Hara at last November's Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry gala last November has just been added to the Concert page of the HPN Gallery.
As always, new and old photos are very welcome. Please e-mail us if you have any you'd like included.
January 23, 2008
Hugh will be performing in "An Evening With Sir Tim Rice" at the University of Texas at El Paso on April 12. The concert will also feature Ron Bohmer, Nikki Renee Daniels, Deborah Gibson, Annie Golden, and Andrea McArdle.
Tickets will go on sale on February 4.
Click here for additional details
January 27, 2008
Two photos of Hugh at the Upright Cabaret at The Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs have been added to the Candids page of the Gallery.
Hugh with Gerald Sternbach in Palm Springs
February 3, 2008
Two photos of Hugh singing at Carnegie Hall as part of the October 22, 2007 Young People's Chorus of New York City gala benefit have been added to the Concert page of the Gallery.
Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) sings with Hugh at Carnegie Hall
Also, the Links page is being updated this week.
February 19, 2008
All of the best to Hugh on his birthday!
February 28, 2008
It's official at last! Hugh Panaro will be starring as Jean Valjean in this summer's new production of Les Miserables at the Walnut Street Theatre in his own hometown of Philadelphia!
Click here to read the official announcement at walnutstreettheatre.org
Please keep an eye on this site and our message board as we will bring you all the latest news about this wonderful project for Hugh. As many of you already know, Hugh played Marius in the original touring production of "Les Miz" and later on Broadway. We'll be updating our existing Les Miserables page here to reflect this new role.
March 1, 2008
We've already begun changing the focus of our Les Miserables page from Hugh's role as Marius twenty years ago to his new role as Jean Valjean in this summer's Walnut Street production. News and updates will be added there as they become available.
Click here and stayed tuned!
Some additional casting news - we've heard that the role of Inspector Javert will be played by Paul Schoeffler and the role of Enjolras will be played by Jeffery Coon.
Don't forget, Hugh has several concert engagements coming up, including "An Evening With Tim Rice" in El Paso.
March 3, 2008
From today's Playbill.com:
A Philly Native Will Be Valjean At Walnut Street
A reminder that Hugh will be performing with Patti Goble and the Louisville Symphony later this week. Don't miss it - details and the ticket link are under Upcoming Events on the upper left of this page.
Also, the "Facciaia a faccia" episode of Law & Order featuring Hugh's brief cameo as a hotel clerk will air on TNT this Friday at 3 p.m. EST.
March 4, 2008
Just as he gets ready to play Jean Valjean, an amusing old photo of Hugh as Marius (with Natalie Toro as Eponine) has been added to the Les Miserables page.
March 8, 2008
Please note that tonight's concert with The Louisville Orchestra has been canceled due to weather conditions. Please contact the Symphony directly concerning ticket refunds.
March 12, 2008
Two stage door pictures from Martin Guerre in Detroit have been added to the Fan Photos page of the Gallery.
March 21, 2008
Hugh will be joined by Susan Egan and Rachel York for the Colorado Symphony's Bravo Broadway concert on April 19 in Denver.
April 4, 2008
The Side Show page has been updated.
April 8, 2008
Don't forget Hugh will be appearing at The University of Texas at El Paso for "An Evening With Sir Tim Rice" on the 12th. The show also includes Andrea McArdle, Ron Bohmer, Nikki Renee Daniels, and others.
Click here for information
April 13, 2008
If you attended last night's "An Evening With Sir Tim Rice" at UTEP and have any photos of Hugh, we'd love to include them in the site Gallery. Please, feel free to e-mail.
April 17, 2008
Additional details on the upcoming Walnut Street production of Les Miserables from Playbill.com
Barricade Bunch In Philly
This weekend, Hugh will be singing with Susan Egan and Rachel York in the Colorado Symphony's "Broadway Bravo" concert this weekend at Boettcher Hall in Denver.
Also, a new Gallery page has been added for pictures from "An Evening With Sir Tim Rice" at the University of Texas in El Paso.
Thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures and, if you know anyone with additional pictures, to share, please let them know that we'd love to hear from them.
April 18, 2008
More pictures from "An Evening With Sir Tim Rice" at UTEP have been added to the site.
April 24, 2008
The Candids and Fan Photos pages of the Gallery have been updated with post-concert pictures from Denver.
Hugh with Susan Egan and Rachel York following the "Broadway Bravo" concert.
April 28, 2008
More quick updates to the Fan Photos and "An Evening With Sir Tim Rice" at UTEP pages of the Gallery. As always, thank you to everyone for the pictures.
April 30, 2008
With rehearsals for Les Miserables underway, HPN will be doing an exclusive interview with Hugh about his new role as Jean Valjean. If you have any questions you'd like to ask him, please see this thread on our message board.
Got a Les Miz question for Hugh?
May 4, 2008
More photos have been added to the Headshots and An Evening With Sir Tim Rice at UTEP pages of the HPN Gallery.
Also, thank you to everyone who submitted questions for an interview with Hugh. If you'd still like to submit one, we'll probably do a follow-up interview this summer. So, you can keep the questions coming - see the April 30 update below.
May 8, 2008
Hugh will join Brett Barrett, George Dvorksy, and guest conductor Albert-George Schram for The Broadway Tenors concert with the Tucson Symphony next February 13-15.
May 10, 2008
The first photo of Hugh Panaro as Jean Valjean in the upcoming Walnut Street Theatre production of Les Miserables,
May 13, 2008
The first preview of Les Miserables at The Walnut is this evening!
Article from Playbill.com
May 15, 2008
Hugh discusses Les Miserables and coming back to Philadelphia in a short interview for Where magazine.
Bring Him Home - Where Magazine
Additional photos have been added to the Candids and An Evening With Sir Tim Rice at UTEP pages of the Gallery.
May 16, 2008
“I'm thrilled, I'm awed, and I'm also determined to play Valjean in my own way, as a more complex character and not just as a saint, the way he's often portrayed.”
Hugh talks about his take on playing Jean Valjean in the new Les Miserables
Re-imagining a classic - from phillyburbs.com
May 17, 2008
Informal reviews from various messages boards are describing Hugh's performance as Jean Valjean as "brilliant" and "stellar." And new photos have been added to our Les Miserables page.
May 19, 2008
Another photo of Hugh as Jean Valjean has been added to our Les Miserables gallery.
May 21, 2008
Tonight, Les Miserables opens at the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Please check back for exclusive coverage from HPN!
To Hugh and his costars, break a leg!
Walnut Street's Hot-Selling Les Miz, With Schoeffler and Panaro, Opens in Philly - from playbill.com
May 23, 2008
An update on the wonderful premiere of Les Miserables is coming soon. In the meantime, here are two truly deserved reviews.
And some details on our message board.
May 24, 2008
Pictures from the Opening Night are being added to our Les Miserables page as they're received.
Josh Young (Marius Pontmercy), Paula (HPN site admin), and Hugh Panaro (Jean Valjean) at the after-party.
And, keeping a little tradition that began in 2006, Hugh recorded a short on-the-spot video for the site. Apologies for the poor light and sound quality - the location wasn't idea for filming.
May 26, 2008
Please note that, if you are planning to attend Les Miserables, Hugh will not be performing on Tuesday. Nicholas Saverine will cover the role on Tuesdays until July 20 and Jefferey Coon will cover the role after July 20.
May 28, 2008
Two more reviews praising Hugh's performance as Jean Valjean:
May 29, 2008
Still more pictures from Opening Night have been added to the Les Miserables page. Thanks to Jan for once again providing photos.
May 30, 2008
Hugh will join vocalists Carpathia Jenkins, Christiane Noll, and Rob Evan for a Bravo Broadway Rocks concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on October 24 & 25.
May 31, 2008
The Links page has been updated.
June 5, 2008
New photos of Hugh as Jean Valjean have been added to the site and all the Les Miserables photos have been moved to a Gallery page of their own.
Les Miserables Gallery Page
If you're a Facebook user, Les Miserables at the Walnut Street Theatre has a profile. Send them a friend request!
Les Miserables Philadelphia on Facebook
June 7, 2008
Yet more production photos of Hugh as Valjean have been added to the Les Miserables Gallery Page.
June 15, 2008
Please note that, due to some internet problems, updates and replies to e-mails are much slower that usual. Hopefully, that issue will be resolved as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the site is within a few days of reaching a half-million visits!
Also, a photo from Megan Reinking of the Lestat ensemble will be added to the Gallery shortly.
June 17, 2008
Today, hugh-panaro.net passed a half million visits! Once again, many thanks to everyone who has visited the site and given so much support and feedback. Here's the next 500,000!
As always, if you have any stage door, backstage, or other photos of Hugh to share, please e-mail. We'd be happy to include them on the site.
June 18, 2008
Two photos - from backstage at The Phantom of the Opera - have been added to the Candids page of the Gallery. They're laugh-out-loud funny - don't say you haven't been warned!
June 19, 2008
Hugh gives an excellent interview for BroadwayWorld and discusses playing Jean Valjean, his father, his dream roles, and ghosts.
A fantastic video of Hugh performing earlier this year in Palm Springs with Brent Barrett and George Dvorsky has been added to the site's Multimedia pages.
Also, the Links page has been updated again.
June 22, 2008
An adorable photo of Hugh with Danielle Leigh Rosenthal (Little Eponine) has just been added to the Les Miserables Gallery (thanks, Dale).
June 28, 2008
The Fan Photo and Les Miserables Gallery pages have been updated.
July 2, 2008
Do not miss Joel Markowitz's excellent podcast interview with Hugh.
D.C. Theatre Scene.com
Hugh talks about playing Jean Valjean, his late friend J.C. Sheets, "Forbidden Broadway," "Sweeney Todd," his parents, his love of dogs, and more.
July 7, 2008
Two pictures have been added to the Fan Photo page of the Gallery. As always, if you have any photos to share, we'd be happy to include them on the site.
July 8, 2008
Thanks to Hugh's former The Phantom of the Opera costar, Sandra Joseph, for this adorable photo.
Ron Bohmer, Sandra Joseph, and Hugh Panaro
It's from An Evening With Sir Tim Rice at the University of Texas at El Paso and it's been added to the Candids page of the HPN Gallery.
July 9, 2008
Two lovely pictures of Hugh with Laurel Yaros (Little Cosette) have been added to the Candids page of the HPN Gallery.
July 10, 2008
Another interview with Hugh - this one from the Les Miserables rehearsal period.
Hugh Panaro - A New Valjean For A New Les Miserables - walnutstreettheatre.org
Also, for the remainder of the run, tickets to Les Mis tickets on Tuesday*, Wednesday and Sunday evening performances are $40 if you use the promotion code CAGAIN.
*Hugh does not perform on Tuesdays. Jeffrey Coon will be Valjean on Tuesdays.
Several new pictures have been added to the Fan Photo and Candids pages of the Gallery
July 24, 2008
A few more Fan Photos have been added to the site and those from Les Miserables now have their own section. Once again, if you have any pictures to share, please e-mail and thanks to everyone who has so far!
July 30, 2008
Les Miserables is now in its final week of performances. Don't miss the last chance to see Hugh as Jean Valjean in the Walnut Street Theatre's magnificent production!
Several pictures have been added to the Fan Photos and Candids pages and the Staff page has been updated.
August 3, 2008
"The summers fly, one by one. How soon they fly, on and on..."
Today marks the final performance of Les Miserables at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre. A tremendous congratulations and many best wishes to the cast and everyone else involved in this wonderful production.
Also, a photo of Hugh with Megan Reinking has been added to the Lestat photo gallery.
August 4, 2008
Photos from the closing night party of Les Miserables in Philadelphia will be added to the site soon. In the meantime, a preview:
Valjean and Javert - Hugh with Paul Schoeffler
August 6, 2008
The Fan Photos page has been updated.
August 7, 2008
Hugh has been nominated for a Barrymore Award for his magnificent portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. The Walnut Street Theatre's production received a total of eleven nominations, all of them well deserved.
2008 Barrymore Awards - theatrealliance.org
Philadelphia Inquirer article
August 8, 2008
Hugh will join Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll, and the San Francisco Symphony for a Bravo! Holiday concert on December 19.
August 9, 2008
More pictures from the closing night of "Les Miz" have been added to the Les Miserables photo page and some photos from The Walnut Street Theatre gala earlier this year have been added to the Candids page of the Gallery.
Many thanks to Mike Yaros and Jan and Jack Powers! As always, photos are more them welcome - please e-mail us.
August 10, 2008
A few more photos from the closing night party of Les Miserables will be added to the site later today. In the meantime, here's one of Hugh with Danielle Leigh Rosenthal (Little Eponine).
Also, please stop by the message board for a lovely account of the final night from Mike Yaros, father of Laurel Gwynne Yaros (Little Cosette)
HPN Message Board
August 12, 2008
Today marks this web site's third anniversary! Many thanks to everyone who has visited, contributed photos, sent us e-mails and feedback, joined our message board and otherwise been so wonderfully supportive!
August 25, 2008
The Fan Photos page has been updated again.
August 26, 2008
Two more photos from the last day of Les Miserables have been added.
Hugh with two of his former Christines from The Phantom of the Opera - Susan Owen and Sandra Joseph
August 27, 2008
Hugh will play Sky Masterson in the Indianapolis Symphony's concert presentation of Guys & Dolls at the Hilbert Circle Theatre from October 10 through 12. Other cast members include Ashley Brown, Gary Beach, and Joe Cassidy. For tickets and additional information:
August 28, 2008
Several more photos from the closing party of Les Miserables have been added.
September 17, 2008
Hugh is featured in this video highlighting the Young Americans program. Hugh's segment was filmed during the Les Miserables concert for the Tarbell Awards that Hugh took part in earlier this year with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Nia Whitaker, Michael Arden, and members of Young Americans.
"This week has been probably the most healing experience of my career, being around their energy. Their beautiful energy, their beautiful souls."
For more information on the YA program visit youngamericans.org
September 19, 2008
A few small updates and changes have been made to the Links page.
September 23, 2008
The Media pages have been reorganized with Concert clips moving to a page of their own. Click here for the new page, including video of Hugh singing "It Only Takes A Moment" at a 2001 benefit in honor of Jerry Herman.
September 27, 2008
Due to a number of requests, a page for Hugh has been added to Facebook.
Become A Fan of Hugh Panaro on Facebook
September 30, 2008
Two more pictures from the Les Miserables stage door have been added to the Fan Photos page of the HPN Gallery.
October 6, 2008
Tonight, in Philadelphia, the 2008 Barrymore Awards will be announced. Hugh has been nominated for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The Walnut Street Theatre's Les Miserables
October 7, 2008
Congratulations to Hugh, recipient of the 2008 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Actor In A Musical for the role of Jean Valjean!
Also, congratulations to everyone involved in Les Miserables, recipient of the well-deserved Barrymore for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.
Click for the complete list of nominees and winners
October 8, 2008
A reminder that Hugh will be singing the role of Sky Masterson in the Indianapolis Symphony's concert presentation of Guys & Dolls this weekend. The show also stars Vincent Pastore, Ashley Brown, Hal Linden, Megan Brown, and Gary Beach.
October 9, 2008
Please note that Hugh will not be performing in the San Diego Symphony's "Haunted Hamlisch" concert on October 31 and November 1. Gary Mauer will be taking his place. No other details are available at the moment.
October 14, 2008
A nice mention of Hugh in a blogger's review of Guys & Dolls with the Indianapolis Symphony:
Hugh Panaro’s Sky Masterson was more than her equal, with a poignant but not obvious loneliness coming through. He clearly surprises himself by sharing his “time of day” with Sarah and that goes a long way toward his transformation in the end making perfect sense.
Lou Harry's Arts & Entertainment
October 29, 2008
On November 5, Hugh will be the guest performer at Artspeak! at the West Springfield High School, Springfield, Virginia. The event includes a mini-concert and autograph session. It is free and open to the general public. For more information:
November 3, 2008
Hugh Panaro will join Shelly Burch, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Rich Gray, and Alton White, along with guest host Martin Charnin for Rodgers & ..., the first in the 92nd St. Y's 2009 Lyrics & Lyricists concert series.
November 5, 2008
A reminder that Hugh will be the guest performer at Artspeak! at West Springfield Highschool in Virginia tonight.
November 7, 2008
A video of Hugh singing "Bring Him Home" at this week's Artspeak! in Virginia. More photos and videos will be posted shortly.
And a new video blog featuring Artspeak! founder Mark Shogull.
Also, an update on the status of Hugh's solo album has been posted on the message board.
Click here to read
November 8, 2008
Hugh takes questions from a student at Wednesday evening's Artspeak! at West Springfield High School:
If you attended this event and have any photographs or video that you'd like to share, please e-mail and they'll be included on the site.
Video of Hugh singing "Never, Neverland" and a new HPN video blog - both from Artspeak! - have been added to the Multimedia pages.
Hugh sings "Being Alive" from Company at Artspeak!
November 9, 2008
A page for all of the photos and videos from Artspeak! has been added to the site. Additional pictures and material will be posted as it arrives. In the meantime, a few more photos:
Checking out a gift from the students.
Singing "Bring Him Home."
Autographs with the students.
Signing the poster.
November 10, 2008
Thank you to Andrew Lisowski for sharing additional photos with us. They've been added to the new Artspeak! page.
November 11, 2008
Hugh will be performing at the Palm Spring Art Museum on November 19.
November 25, 2008
The Candids page of the HPN Gallery and the Artspeak! photos have been recently updated.
December 8, 2008
The Fan Photos and Links pages have been updated.
December 12, 2008
Thanks to C.J. Sikorski for these photos of Hugh from this summer's production of Les Miserables at The Walnut Street Theatre. They'll be added to the Gallery shortly.
December 16, 2008
A reminder about Hugh's two upcoming concert engagements. This week, he will be appearing with Debbie Gravitte and Christiane Noll at the San Francisco Symphony for Bravo Holiday! Next month, he will take part in the Lyrics & Lyricists concert, Rodgers &..... at New York City's 92nd Street Y. Details and ticket information are listed under Upcoming Events to the upper left of this page.
December 19, 2008
The two photos from the December 16 update have been added to the Candids and Les Miserables pages of the Gallery. The Artspeak photos have also been updated.
December 23, 2008
Several photos have been added to the Candids, An Evening With Sir Tim Rice at UTEP, and Fan Photos pages.
December 25, 2008
A few more photos have been added to the Gallery page for An Evening With Sir Tim Rice at UTEP.