While Randal Keith is perhaps best known to his fans as Jean Valjean in the long running musical Les MisÚrables, he has spent many years in local, regional and national companies playing a wide range of parts. He is presently performing in the Las Vegas production of Spamalot. He has played The Phantom in the First National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and also played Raoul and Monsieur Andre during the six years he toured with that company. He is one of the few actor/singers who have played all three major male roles in Phantom. He toured in Sunset Boulevard before joining the Les MisÚrables cast, where he eventually became Jean Valjean in the Third National Les MisÚrables Tour.
In July of 2002 he performed as the alternate Jean Valjean, along with the original Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, in the Third National tour's engagement in Shanghai, China, the first ever Broadway musical to visit that country. He then starred in the production in Seoul, Korea, and in February of 2003 was picked by producer Cameron Mackintosh to star as Valjean on Broadway to close Les MisÚrables' sixteen year run there in May 2003. Mr. Keith remembers that night as the emotional high point of his career to date, filled with incredible energy and love for a show that continues to enthrall audiences around the world. He then returned to touring with the Broadway National Tour of Les MisÚrables until the last show of the tour in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2006.
He has recently performed the roles of
governor/innkeeper in Man of La Mancha, for which he received a nomination
for the 2007 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Featured Actor in a
Musical. He was in the cast of the Las Vegas version of Spamalot
during its run there, performing at times as King Arthur and others as
Sir Bedevere. He also reprised the role of Jean Valjean in Les
MisÚrables at the regional production at Arvada Center near Denver, for
which he was awarded the 2008 Denver Post Ovation Award as best musical
Other roles Mr. Keith has performed are Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Nicoli in Chess, and the Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha. He has sung in concert with the prestigious Cincinnati, Tulsa and Rochester Symphonies. His first CD, "Life Has Been Good To Me" is now available through www.Randal-Keith.com. It is a compilation of songs he has sung during his career on the musical stage and some songs he has always wanted to perform. It is a well-rounded CD giving full range to Mr. Keith's rich, resonant voice.
A native of North Carolina, he attended Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana, and now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife, Karen. Karen is a special effects make-up artist who applied make-up for The Phantom of the Opera. They met in Ft. Lauderdale during the tour's run there, and it was love at first sight. They were engaged by the third date and married in the next city. Mrs. Keith is often with him when he is on the road, always bringing along Merlin, a fluffy white dog who immediately steals the show wherever he is.