|PHANTOM announces full casting and box office opens today|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:43 pm EDT 09/14/21|
|ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH ANNOUNCE COMPLETE CASTING FOR
THE NEW YORK RETURN OF
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
THE LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN BROADWAY HISTORY
BEN CRAWFORD, MEGHAN PICERNO & JOHN RIDDLE
TO RETURN AS ‘THE PHANTOM,’ ‘CHRISTINE’ & ‘RAOUL’
WITH EMILIE KOUATCHOU SET TO MAKE HER
BROADWAY DEBUT AS THE ‘CHRISTINE’ ALTERNATE
BOX OFFICE OPENS TODAY, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
PERFORMANCES RESUME FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
AT THE MAJESTIC THEATRE
New York, NY (September 14, 2021) – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh today announced complete casting for the New York return of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the longest-running show in Broadway history. Directed by the late theater legend Harold Prince, PHANTOM is set to resume performances on Friday, October 22 at 7PM at The Majestic Theatre (245 West 44th Street) – the musical’s New York home for all 33 record-breaking years.
As much a part of the city landscape as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains an iconic New York City landmark. Tickets are currently on sale via Telecharge.com. The theater’s box office re-opens for in-person ticket sales today, Tuesday, September 14 at 10AM.
Cameron Mackintosh said today, “Never in a million years could we have imagined that all of Broadway would be shuttered for nearly a year and a half, but I am thrilled that at last PHANTOM will be back where it belongs at the Majestic Theater from October 22nd in all its gorgeous splendor. It has been an extraordinarily difficult time for all the 125 people who bring PHANTOM to life every performance, so we are all overjoyed to be back rehearsing Broadway’s longest-running musical and eagerly looking forward to the chandelier rising again. In front of a full house in 5 week’s time. So let the audiences in and let the opera begin.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber added, “I am a proud Brit, but Broadway has always been my spiritual home. To have PHANTOM lead the effort to bring our beloved community back to the stage is a moment of immense pride for me. The only heartache is that Hal will not be with us, but when we all return for our first performance on October 22, I know his spirit will be there, cheering our cast, crew and orchestra on and welcoming audiences back to The Majestic Theatre.”
The cast from March 2020 will return, with the addition of two new principals. Returning to lead the cast are Ben Crawford as ‘The Phantom,’ Meghan Picerno as ‘Christine Daaé’ and John Riddle as ‘Raoul.’ Also returning in principal roles are Bradley Dean as ‘Monsieur André,’ Craig Bennett as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Raquel Suarez Groen as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli,’ Maree Johnson as ‘Madame Giry’ and Carlton Moe as ‘Ubaldo Piangi.’
Joining the production in her Broadway debut is Emilie Kouatchou, who will play the role of ‘Christine Daaé’ at certain performances. Ms. Kouatchou is the first Black actor to play the role of ‘Christine’ in the Broadway production. She follows Lucy St. Louis, who became the very first Black actor to play the role, when she reopened the London production as ‘Christine’ last month.
Also joining the cast is Sara Esty as ‘Meg Giry.’ Having previously performed in the Broadway and national touring productions of An American in Paris, Ms. Etsy had been slated to take over the role in April 2020, prior to the industry shutdown.
They are joined by returning Ensemble members Giselle Alvarez, Polly Baird, Janinah Burnett, Xiaoxiao Cao, David Michael Garry, Chris Georgetti, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Katharine Heaton, Satomi Hofmann, Ted Keegan, Kfir, Kelly Loughran, Scott Mikita, Greg Mills, Justin Peck, Patricia Phillips, Richard Poole, Jessica Radetsky, Janet Saia, Paul A. Schaefer , Carly Blake Sebouhian, Jeremy Stolle, Carrington Vilmont, Jim Weitzer, Elizabeth Welch and Erica Wong.
As previously announced, the complete PHANTOM Orchestra – Broadway’s largest – also returns, under the continued musical supervision of David Caddick with the musical’s original, lush orchestrations.
Ben Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera) assumed the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in April 2018. He previously appeared on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt), Shrek The Musical (title role), Big Fish (Edward Bloom u/s, Don Price), Les Misérables (Javert/Valjean u/s) and On the Twentieth Century (Bruce Granit u/s). He’s starred in over twenty regional productions, including such leading roles as Che in Evita (Studio Tenn), Starbuck in 110 in the Shade (Ford’s Theatre), Luther Billis in South Pacific (Ogunquit Playhouse), Frederick Barrett in Titanic (MUNY) and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (Fox Theatre). Ben performs with symphonies and orchestras across the U.S. and Canada, and just released Electronic Pandemic, an EP of Broadway classics reimagined, now available across all music platforms. He was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and received a BFA in Music Theatre from The University of Arizona.
Meghan Picerno (Christine Daaé) has delighted audiences on theater, opera and concert stages around the world. She joined the Broadway production in October 2019, direct from the new World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Prior to the tour, she originated the role of Christine in the North American premiere of the musical’s sequel, Love Never Dies. She also previously worked with Phantom director Harold Prince as Cunegonde in his new production of Candide at New York City Opera, reprising her acclaimed performance in venues from San Francisco to Barcelona. Her opera credits include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and across the country as Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Meghan has a Master of Music degree in Voice from Manhattan School of Music, hails from Chicago, and resides in New York City.
John Riddle (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny) originated the role of Hans in Disney’s Frozen and previously made his Broadway debut as Young Anton in The Visit . He joined the Broadway production of Phantom as Raoul in September 2019. Other credits include Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods at Town Hall, The Secret Garden in Concert at Lincoln Center and the National Tour of Evita. John is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, hails from Ohio and resides in New York City.
Emilie Kouatchou (Christine Daaé at certain performances) is making her Broadway debut in Phantom. She appeared Off-Broadway in Unknown Soldier at Playwrights Horizons. Other recent credits include Oklahoma! (Broadway at Music Circus, Sacramento, CA); Merrily We Roll Along, Passing Strange , Me and My Girl, Violet, A Man of No Importance (The University of Michigan); and Sweeney Todd (Connecticut Repertory Theater). Born and raised in Chicago, Emilie is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program. All Black Lives Matter.
Sara Esty (Meg Giry). A previous soloist with the Miami City Ballet, Sara is a Princess Grace Fellowship Award recipient for excellence in dance. She made her Broadway debut in the Ensemble of An American in Paris, later assuming the role of Lise Dassin, a role she recreated for the First National tour. Other credits include Brigadoon (Jean, Encores!), A Chorus Line (Maggie, Encores!; Cassie, The Cape Playhouse) and Marie Dancing Still (Fifth Avenue Theatre). TV/Film work includes “Fosse/Verdon,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story. Sara is a native of Gorham, Maine.
Ticket prices range from $29–$169, with Premium tickets also available. To order tickets and for complete performance and holiday schedules, visit www.Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. Patrons can visit The Majestic Theatre Box Office (245 West 44th Street), Monday through Saturday, 10AM-6PM.
BUY WITH CONFIDENCE
Buy tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA now for any performance through January 17, 2022 and you can either refund or exchange your tickets into any other date up until 48 hours before the performance.
Broadway is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, performers and staff. The Broadway League recently announced that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances through October 2021. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theatre, except while eating or drinking in designated locations Under the policy, guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
ABOUT THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Broadway’s blockbuster phenomenon, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by the late Harold Prince, is one of the world’s all-time most successful entertainment properties. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been the longest-running show in Broadway history for well over a decade, and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented. On Broadway alone, the musical has played an unheard of more than 13,000 performances to 19 million people at The Majestic Theatre (245 West 44th Street).
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is directed by the late Harold Prince. Musical staging and choreography is by the late Gillian Lynne. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson®, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical supervision and direction is by David Caddick and orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting and soaring score includes “The Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” “Masquerade” and the iconic title song. It tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of The Paris Opera House. Mesmerized by the talents and beauty of the young soprano Christine, The Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has played to over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages. It has won more than 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards. PHANTOM has celebrated over 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic, and before the recent lockdown, the London production was in its 34th year and the Broadway production was in its 32nd.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been the largest single generator of income and jobs in Broadway and U.S. theatrical history. In the New York production alone, an estimated 6,500 people (including 400 actors) have been employed during its more than three decades run.
The musical’s flagship London production recently reopened at its home and birthplace, Her Majesty’s Theatre, on August 8 to rave reviews.
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