A Conversation with “Les Miz” actor Preston Truman Boyd


For Preston Truman Boyd, music runs in the family.  His grandfather was an opera singer so when the young man showed some talent in church, people noticed.  Eventually he made his way to New York City, appearing in “Sunset Boulevard” with Glenn Close as well as featured roles in the National tours of “Young Frankenstein” and “Jersey Boys.”


He is currently appearing in the National tour of “Les Misérables,” where he plays the “misunderstood” police inspector Javert.  I spoke with Mr. Boyd while he was in Washington D.C., performing at the Kennedy Center. 




MIKE SMITH:  “Les Miserables” is an iconic show, and Javert is a truly iconic role.  How do you prepare to tackle a role that so many people are familiar with and may have preconceived ideas on how it should be played?


PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD:  I try to bring as much gravita as I can to the role.  It IS an iconic role in an iconic show and I know there are fans who have their own ideas in how the want to see it done.  It’s the added pressure of people having their favorite Javert.  You definitely want to be the pivotal Ying to the Yang of Jean Valjean, which is not only important to the story but important in supporting the theme of the show.  The survival of the human spirit.  Javert is often referred to as “the bad guy” but I like to think he’s “the misunderstood guy.”  At the end of the day, he’s just a guy doing his job.  If you’ve fled your parole, I’ve got to come get you.  That’s just how it is. (laughs)


MS:  Javert the Bounty Hunter!


PTB:  Exactly, yes.


MS:  You mentioned that some people have a pre-conception of the role.  Do you try to model portions of your performance on how others have played the role?


PTB:  A lot of us in this business grew up listening to this show.  We’d seek it out whenever it came to town.  I was always a Philip Quast fan.  I’d like to think I sound a little more like him then other Javerts. (NOTE:  Philip Quast originated the role of Javert in the original Australian production of “Les Miz,” later playing the role on the West End in London.  He also appeared in the hugely popular  “Les Miserables: the Dream Cast in Concert).  His voice stuck with me.  That’s the beauty of our show.  So many people have seen the show in so many incarnations and in different companies.  The directors have looked at it from another angle.  It’s the same story but you can really push certain themes a bit more.  Even in the design.  Some of Victor Hugo’s paintings are now projected on stage. (NOTE:  Hugo wrote the novel “Les Misérables”).  


Javert (Preston Truman Boyd) confronts Jean Valjean (Nick Cartell) (photo by Johan Perrson)


MS:  What got you into musical theater?


PTB:  I grew up in the church singing and once I heard from people that weren’t my parents that I might have a gift I began to seek out other opportunities in the community.  I grew up in Fargo/Moorehead (North Dakota).  I got involved in school programs and did a lot of speech and debate.  A couple predecessors from my hometown ended up moving to the City and had some success so it didn’t seem like an absolute pipe dream.  I sought out scholarship programs and what schools to attend.  I did a program called The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.  They bring in (10) kids from each discipline every year and I went down to Miami for opera.  We spent a week studying voice with Placido Domingo, which was absolutely incredible.  After that I had a few people seek me out for different programs like voice and theater and I ended up at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where I did four years and a lot of great roles.  The show moves you out to New York where you put on  Senior Showcase for all of the casting directors and agents, who come each year to scout new talent.  I signed with an agent there and the rest is history!


MS:  Roger Maris left Fargo and went to New York.  He did well.


PTB: (laughs)  Exactly.


MS:  Was there a show you saw that kind of triggered the bug?


PTB:  Yeah.  I think the very first show I saw was a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  I had never seen production value like that.  Ever.  I was just in awe at how good the show looked.  And once I was over that, I realized how much fun it looked like the people were having.  One of my teachers added, “and their getting paid.”  I realized I could live in New York , which sounded fun.  I think it was just me realizing that I could have a good time in a show.  That my job would be a really good time.  I’ll get to tell stories and, hopefully, at the end of the day change some lives. 


MS:  What was your first professional gig


PTB:  It was at the Muni in St. Louis.  When I was in college I got my Equity card and I sang “Beautiful Girl” in “Singing in the Rain.”  I did “Peter Pan” there.  I did “Oklahoma there.  I think I’ve done thirteen different shows at the Muni, mostly when I was in college, but I’ve been back a couple times since then.  That’s where I got my start.  When I moved to the City I went out on the National Tour of “Young Frankenstein.”  A week after that contract was up I signed up for the National Tour of “Jersey Boys.”  When that contract ended I went back to New York and did seven shows on Broadway.  I haven’t been back on the road in quite some time so it’s been fun to get my tour legs again. 


MS:  Is there a role you’d like to play?  Too bad “Phantom” just closed.


PTB:  (laughing) Maybe in four years when it comes back.  I’d love to play Sweeney Todd actually.  It’s back and it’s on Broadway.  Josh Grobin is doing it.  Maybe when he’s out of there I can get seen for it.  That would be great.  I’d also love to play George Seurat in “Sunday in the Park with George.”  I guess ultimately, I just want to do a Sondheim show!  I’ve never done a Sondheim show and I’m really itching to do one. 


“Les Miserables” opens in Kansas City on Tuesday, May 2.  For tickets and information about this and futurte shows, please click HERE.

Tim Jacobus discusses his cover art work on the R. L. Stine Goosebumps series and its impact today

Tim Jacobus is responsible for well over 100 pieces of art. Best known for his cover art work on the R. L. Stine Goosebumps series, Tim is responsible for creating the iconic 62 original series covers, followed by the Goosebumps series 2000, special edition books, calendars and other GBs promotional art.

Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Tim about the legacy of his work creating covers for the Goosebumps series, his favorite covers and how it feels to give tons of kids nightmares from just covers alone!!!

Click below to purchase official signed art by Tim: https://jacobusstudios.com/

Broken Lizard discusses new film QUASI as well as SUPER TROOPERS 3 & BEERFEST 2

Broken Lizard comedy troupe consists, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. They are behind cult classics like SUPER TROOPERS and BEERFEST.

Media Mikes had a chance to discuss their new film QUASI as well as SUPER TROOPERS 3 & BEERFEST 2.

QUASI premise: Follow a hapless hunchback who yearns for love, but finds himself in the middle of a murderous feud between the Pope and the king of France when each orders the hunchback to kill the other.

Here is our first interview with Broken Lizard dating back to 2010: https://mediamikes.com/2010/05/interview-with-broken-lizard/

Andrew Scott Bell talks about scoring “Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey” & “Deathcember”

Andrew Scott Bell is the composer of the new film “Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey”, which follows Pooh and Piglet, who have now become feral and bloodthirsty murderers, as they terrorise a group of young university women and an adult Christopher Robin when he returns to the Hundred Acre Wood many years later after leaving for college. He also also co-composed the 2019 film “Deathcember”, which is a collection of 24 films that take a look at the dark side of the festive season.

Steven Wolsh talks about new film “Kill Her Goats” starring Kane Hodder and sequel plans!

Steve Wolsh is the man behind the new horror movie KILL HER GOATS starring Playboy Playmates and also horror legend, Kane Hodder!

Official Premise: Audra’s graduation gift is her dream house, but it soon becomes a living nightmare when some uninvited guests come to her homecoming party who aren’t very subtle about the fact they don’t approve of the home’s new owner.

KILL HER GOATS is Steve’s second movie after MUCK (2015), which both live inside the same film universe. It was funded by one of the most successful Kickstarters of all time and features 100% practical creature and gore effects…did I mention that it stars Playboy Playmates and horror legend, Kane Hodder!!?? This is a must see for all horror fans for sure!

You can purchased KILL HER GOATS from the official website along with tons of other additional merchandise, including a soundtrack album and even a GoatFace mask from Trick or Treat Studios: https://killhergoats.com/

Craig David Dowsett talks about “Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey” and its planned sequel

Craig David Dowsett plays Pooh in the new horror film “Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey”. Media Mikes got to chat with him to discuss what it was like behind the mask and plans for the upcoming sequel due out February 2024!

The days of adventures and merriment have come to an end, as Christopher Robin, now a young man, has left Winnie-The-Pooh and Piglet to fend for themselves. As time passes, feeling angry and abandoned, the two become feral. After getting a taste for blood, Winnie-The-Pooh and Piglet set off to find a new source of food. It’s not long before their bloody rampage begins.

Ro Malaga talks about this year’s Tampa Bay Comic Convention

Ro Malaga is Head of Business Development for the Tampa Bay Comic Convention as well as part of the marketing team. We got a chance to chat with him to discuss the plans for this year’s show and the already impressive guest line-up so far!

The Tampa Bay Comic Convention takes place on July 28-30, 2023 at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. The first round of celebrity guest attendees include Giancarlo Esposito, Jim Cummings, Pauly Shore, Steve Downes and Jen Taylor.

Click here for the official website and to purchase tickets now while they are on-sale!

Kyra Elise Gardner talks about her documentary “Living with Chucky”

After growing up within the Child’s Play franchise, director Kyra Elise Gardner (daughter of special effects artist Tony Gardner) offers a unique perspective on Chucky’s reign of terror in Living with Chucky.

The feature documentary will stream exclusively on SCREAMBOX on April 4. It will also be available on VOD platforms the same day via Cinedigm and Bloody Disgusting before hitting Blu-ray on April 18.

Chucky creator Don Mancini and franchise alumni Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Christine Elise, Billy Boyd, John Waters, Tony Gardner, David Kirshner, and more spill their guts along with notable fans like Marlon Wayans, Abigail Breslin, Lin Shaye, and Dan Povenmire, among others.

Storming into pop culture in 1988, the killer doll known as Chucky proved that Child’s Play was anything but. It went on to spawn six sequels, a TV series, a reboot, comic books, a video game, and extensive merchandise. Living with Chucky recounts the dedication, creativity, and sacrifice that went into making the franchise and its long-lasting impact on the horror community.

C.J. Graham reflects on playing Jason Voorhees in “Friday the 13th Part VI – Jason Lives”

A 6’3″ former nightclub General Manager in the Los Angeles, CA market, C.J. Graham was spotted as a potential Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives when he was playing Jason in a night club act, impressing the casting people from Reel Effects who were in search of a new Jason since the stuntman wasn’t coming across as imposing or powerful as they had hoped for.

C.J. Graham even performed “all” of the character’s stunts, underwater and being set on fire, to name a few. He reprised this role for Alice Cooper’s video for “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask),” which was written for and featured in the film.

You can find C.J. at most horror conventions around the world, as he enjoys meeting his fans. Jason Voorhees has become a global icon brand known throughout the world. C.J. Graham respects all the actors/stuntmen who played Jason and their contribution to the iconic brand.


Fastest Land Animal’s Screamin’ Jack Novak talks about new album and touring with Tesla

Fastest Land Animal (FLA) is an energetic punk rock band consisting of native New Yorkers, John Cusimano, aka Screamin’ Jack Novak (vocals), Jonny Blaze, aka Alfonse Castillo (guitars and bass) and Andrew Meskin, aka Shark Samuels (drums). Formed during the worldwide shutdown, FLA took recording into their own hands, writing and laying down tracks from their respective homes before releasing their self-titled debut in 2021. Their fresh approach to punk rock and innovative music videos have gained them a strong social media following as well as multiple videos with over one million views and touring slots with bands such as Tesla. The band just released their sophomore album, East Coast, West Coast, In Between.

Nancy Travis talks about her new TV series on Hallmark Channel, “RIDE”

Nancy Travis talks about her new TV series on Hallmark Channel, RIDE!

Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing, The Kominsky Method), Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale, Nurses), Beau Mirchoff (Good Trouble, Hidden Gems), Sara Garcia (The Flash, Reign), Jake Foy (Designated Survivor, A Little Daytime Drama) and Tyler Jacob Moore (Barry, Shameless) star in the new, multigenerational family ensemble following the lives of the McMurrays, part of a rodeo dynasty going back a generation, as they struggle to keep their beloved ranch afloat. After a tragic loss, each character embarks on an empowering journey of transformation and self-discovery while also uncovering a twisted web of secrets, threatening to tear the family and their small Colorado town apart at the seams.

The first of the ten-episode season premieres on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, March 26th and can be watched on demand the next day on all platforms where Hallmark is available.

Lilah Fitzgerald talks “Monster High: The Movie”, her new TV series “Lucky Hank” and her debut novel!

Lilah Fitzgerald talks about her role of Ghoulia in “Monster High: The Movie”, its upcoming sequel on Paramount+, her new TV series “Lucky Hank” with Bob Odenkirk and her new debut novel, “Stars & Swashbucklers”!

MONSTER HIGH : THE MOVIE, and based on the popular fashion toy line, was such a staggering success on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon it’s spawned a sequel. The Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada native reprises her role as Ghoulia in the upcoming film. 

In addition to resurrecting ‘Ghoulia’ in 2023 and her role in “LUCKY HANK”, starring “BETTER CALL SAUL” fave Bob Odenkirk, which premieres this month on AMC, Lilah is also known for her role in The CW’s “HELLCATS”, her Leo Award winning performance in “MY NEW BEST FRIEND”, “SEVENTH SON” opposite Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, “EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE” co-starring alongside Rachel McAdams and James Franco, and 2021’s “HONEY GIRLS” for Sony Pictures. 

‘Stars & Swashbucklers’ is Lilah’s debut novel, and the first installment in ‘The Last Montmorency Saga’. The April 4 release goes like this : Far in the future, earth has split apart into thousands of islands dangling between the stars. Privateers search for relics, artifacts, and manuscripts that were lost when the earth split, ships sail the stars like they once sailed oceans, and banished Olde Beings lurk in the Mysts between the islands. 

Welcome to the broken world. 

Stuck in steerage on the maiden voyage of the luxury airship the Halthow, sixteen-year-old Anya Marcox is determined to make her brother happy by accepting the fate their dead father used to recite to her like a prayer: average lives for average girls.But when an encounter with a dashing stranger lands Anya in the middle of a cutthroat race to find a relic that could change the fate of the islands, average is no longer an option. 

Compelled by the whispering of the stars that have always promised her something more, Anya finds herself secretly working as a privateer—and falling for her partner in crime. But her treasure hunt through the stars soon turns deadly: the nightmares are getting worse . . . and Anya is beginning to wonder if they’re more than just dreams.

Sadie Laflamme-Snow talks about Hallmark’s The Way Home & Plans for Season 2

Sadie Laflamme-Snow plays the role of Alice Dhawan in Hallmark Channel’s The Way Home opposite Andie MacDowell and Chyler Leigh. The new hit show, which was already greenlit for a second season. Media Mikes had a chance to chat about the first season, plans for season 2 and even Sadie’s upcoming projects including Shudder’s “Slasher: Ripper” & Netflix’s “Unicorn Academy”.

The Way Home tells the story of three generations of women – Kat Landry (Chyler Leigh), her teen Alice (Sadie Laflamme-Snow) and Kat’s mother Del (Andie MacDowell) – who are all strong, willful and independent. More than 20 years prior, life-changing events prompted Kat to move away from her small, Canadian farm town and she remains estranged from Del to this day. At a crossroads in her life, Kat moves back with Alice to her family’s farm though the reunion isn’t what Kat envisioned. When Alice and Kat unwittingly discover the ability to travel between the past and present, mother and daughter are determined to unearth the truth around the earlier tragedies as they try to change the course of events. Kat’s childhood friend Elliot (Evan Williams) is there for them in both eras as they navigate their journeys across time, helping the three women find their way back to each other.

William Mark McCullough talks about filming in a real haunted house for “A Savannah Haunting”

William Mark McCullough talks about not only directing the recent film A Savannah Haunting but also writing and co-starring. Mark also talks about his love of acting and what he has planned next!!

Official Premise: A family loses their young daughter in a tragic drowning and moves to Savannah, only to be haunted by her presence in their new home.

Available to stream on all platforms: https://www.asavannahhaunting.com/

Bo Bice talks hitting the stage in Rock of Ages at Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, FL

Bo Bice is one of America’s most popular modern day southern rock singers. Bo’s epic run on American Idol as runner-up to Carrie Underwood in 2005 is still one of the most watched seasons in the shows history. Bo currently is playing the lead role in “Rock of Ages” at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, FL. The show opened on January 25. 2023 and recently got extended to March 12, 2023. Be sure to catch a performance if you can.

Click here to purchase tickets: https://www.gardentheatre.org/play/rock-of-ages/

Bo has received many awards over his 25 year career. As a Native of Alabama being inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and having Governor Bob Riley declare May, 24th Bo Bice day were among the greatest honors of his career. He has a string of 3 Gold Albums from his contribution to the Idols 2005 compilation CD, his single “Vehicle” and for his Debut CD “The Real Thing” recorded with Clive Davis/RCA Records. Bo has recorded and performed with such greats as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phish, Marshall Tucker just to name a few. He has recorded a duet with Carlos Santana “Brown Skin Girl” 2005.

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