(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Javier D. Souto recognizes talent when he sees it and that is the reason he is honoring Andrew Varela, who grew up in Miami, and is now one of the lead characters in the new 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables. Commissioner Souto, as Chairman of the Recreation and Cultural Arts Committee, and Michael Spring, Director of the Cultural Affairs department, will acknowledge Varela’s professional success with a Miami-Dade County Proclamation. The presentation will take place today, January 27, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the lobby of the Adrienne Arsht Center Ziff Ballet Opera House located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Florida.
“Varela’s outstanding passion and conviction for acting began when he was a youth living in Kendall,” said Commissioner Souto. “I went to see the musical and was very impressed with his onstage performance as I felt he brought to life the character of Inspector Javert. All Miami-Dade County residents should feel very proud of his accomplishments.”
Andrew Varela has starred in several productions including King David, Little Women, Sunday in the Park with George and nationally he has played in Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Cats. In the future Mr. Varela plans on continuing his acting career, with the desire to one day have the lead role of Sweeney in the play Sweeney Todd, the Butcher of Fleet Street.