Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:36 am EST 01/26/22



New York, NY - The Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group blockbuster phenomenon, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will celebrate its unprecedented 34th Anniversary on Broadway tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 26 at 7PM at The Majestic Theatre (245 West 44th Street). Directed by the late theater legend Harold Prince, PHANTOM is the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Following the industry-wide shut down due to the Covid pandemic, the New York production reopened on October 22, with an outdoor block party that made headlines around the world. 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. The 34th Anniversary will be the musical's staggering 13,471st performance, seen by more than 19 million people.

As previously announced, Emilie Kouatchou takes over as the Principal Christine the night of the Anniversary. Ms. Kouatchou made history in October as the first Black actor to play the role of 'Christine' on Broadway, when she was cast as the 'Christine' Alternate as part of the Reopening Broadway cast. This week, Julia Udine assumed the role of the 'Christine' Alternate.

Continuing in their roles are Ben Crawford as 'The Phantom,' John Riddle as 'Raoul,' Bradley Dean as 'Monsieur André,' Craig Bennett as 'Monsieur Firmin,' Raquel Suarez Groen as 'Carlotta Giudicelli,' Maree Johnson as 'Madame Giry,' Carlton Moe as 'Ubaldo Piangi' and Sara Esty as 'Meg Giry.'

The Ensemble features 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, Lindsay Roberts, Janet Saia, Paul A. Schaefer, Carly Blake Sebouhian, Jeremy Stolle, Carrington Vilmont, Jim Weitzer, Elizabeth Welch and Erica Wong.

The PHANTOM Orchestra - Broadway's largest, with 27 members - performs under the musical supervision of David Caddick.


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.


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.


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. Be sure to check out Ben's EP Electronic Pandemic and A Crawdaddy Christmas on all music streaming platforms. @crawdady21

Emilie Kouatchou (Christine Daaé) 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.

Ms. Kouatchou is the first Black actor to play the role of 'Christine' in the Broadway production. She follows current London leading lady Lucy St. Louis, who became the very first Black actor to play the role, when she reopened the London production as 'Christine' last summer. In New York, Ms. Kouatchou is also preceded by Ali Ewoldt , who became the first Asian-American and person of color to play the role on Broadway in 2016.

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.

Julia Udine (Christine Daaé at certain performances ) is thrilled to return to Phantom, where she made her Broadway debut as Christine. She previously toured the country as 'Christine' with the original cast of the restaged North American National Tour. She has been fortunate to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, celebrating Leonard Bernstein, and has also performed with Josh Groban in the opening of his 'Stages' tour in Atlanta. Other Theater credits include City Center's Pirates of Penzance ('Mabel'), Jack's Back ('Jenny'), Tell Me on a Sunday and Shrek ('Fiona'). TV includes "Law & Order: SVU" and "All My Children." A native of New Jersey, Ms. Udine was born in Camden and raised in Voorhees Township.


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 for more than 70,000 performances. It has won more than 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.

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 reopened at its home and birthplace, Her Majesty's Theatre, on August 8 to rave reviews.

The next confirmed international productions set to open will be in Australia. First, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents a unique outdoor production in March 2022. Under the stars, on a floating stage in front of the Sydney Opera House, the production is being directed by Simon Phillips and designed by Gabriela Tylesova. This will be followed by Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular, new production, directed by Laurence Connor. In its Australian premiere, the non-replica production will play the Sydney Opera House in August 2022 and Arts Centre Melbourne in October 2022.

Link http://www.PhantomBroadway.com

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