Read below some of the fantastic 5-Star reviews that Nick has been receiving out on the road as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.
Nick Cartell’s performance as Jean Valjean is nothing short of consummate. We watch Cartell age with convincing subtlety and genuine nobility. The rage in his first solo on parole gives way to shattering compassion in his prayer Bring Him Home when he asks God to take his life, not that of Marius, whom his ward Cosette loves so deeply. Bring Him Home requires that Cartell slide into a falsetto which he does effortlessly, raising the song to a shattering crescendo.
les miserables touring musical version hits all the right notes
With constant stage time and a half-dozen soaring, iconic ballads, Jean Valjean is arguably one of musical theatre's most challenging men's roles, and it could not be in better hands than those of Nick Cartell. Although offstage Cartell is decades younger than the leading men who have famously donned the 24601 prison badge, Cartell portrays every angle of Valjean's deep character arch with conviction. Every moment he opens his mouth to sing, his golden tenor elevates the acclaimed score to the highest heights.
bww review: les Miserables at music hall at fair park
At its thematically purest, it concerns the transformation of prisoner Jean Valjean from hardened parolee into borderline saint. The part requires and receives a bravura performance from Nick Cartell, a feral outcast at the beginning, a redemptive force as a much older man by its end. His “Bring Him Home” showstopper wrenches every last ounce of pathos from the ballad and the audience.
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Cartell’s Valjean evolves from rockstar rough edges in the opening montage to a mature, powerful sound in time for “Who Am I?” and “Bring Him Home.” All the while, his articulation sounds crisp and careful.
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...no review would be complete without a mention of Cartell’s undeniably magnetic performance as Jean Valjean. He’s flawless throughout the entire show, but it’s his haunting rendition of “Bring Him Home” that will have your jaw on the floor.
When the song ended on opening night, there was a moment when you could hear a pin drop before the audience burst into thunderous applause. His portrayal was positively captivating, and more than worthy of the rousing standing ovation that he received.
Touring 'Les Mis' rises to the challenge at Fox Cities PAC
Valjean is the heart of this nearly three-hour touring production running through Sunday at Old National Centre in Indianapolis.
It's apparent in every move made by performer Nick Cartell. He performs two knock-out numbers, "Who Am I?" and "Bring Him Home" straight from the soul. His hands float around him, emphasizing emotion that flows from the heart through the fingertips.
BWW review: Les Miserables at Kansas City Broadway Series
November 15, 2017
Nick Cartell is outstanding in the pivotal role of Jean Valjean. His opening “Soliloquy” is quite powerful (a stirring response to Andrew Love’s wonderful Bishop), and his “Who Am I?” is equally potent.
But it’s Act II’s “Bring Him Home” that best demonstrates Cartell’s incredible range and pure vocal command. Sitting on that lonely barricade, he delivers a stunning — and genuinely prayerful — moment of song.
Cartell excels at showing us both the physical and emotional tolls of Valjean's journey, from ragged and beaten prisoner #24601 to successful business owner to reluctant revolutionary. His voice is powerful and strong, particularly in his signature numbers, "Who Am I?" and "Bring Him Home."
bww review: all these years later, Les Miserables continues to impress
Cartell's emotional depth and powerful lyric baritone on Valjean's soul-searching "Who Am I?" make for one of the production's most gripping moments. But Cartell surpassed himself in the second act with a showstopping performance of the hymn-like "Bring Him Home" that was sheer perfection.
You know, glowing cellphones hidden in bags, short attention spans, comings and goings, even as an actor named Nick Cartell delivered the most exquisite "Bring Him Home" from the barricades, a truly gorgeous interpretation that avoided flashy theatrics but beautifully connected the song to the character's God, as if Jean Valjean, my dear old pal 24601, were Tevye telling his Lord to take care of his daughter. And thus connecting us all to the great and constant gift of musical theater in a harsher and harsher world:
Again to the barricades! a gorgeous touring 'Les Miserables' from a standout cast
September 28, 2017
But the high point, had to have been Nick Cartell’s crushingly beautiful “Bring Him Home,” when as the show’s protagonist, Jean Valjean, he prays for the survival of Joshua Grosso’s Marius, who has the hots for his adopted daughter Cosette.