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Phantom of the Opera welcomes Rodney Ingram tonight

Rodney IngramThe Phantom of the Opera
Rodney Ingram

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's longest-running show of all time, welcomes a new principal cast member tonight, as Rodney Ingram assumes the role of Raoul. Kyle Barisich played his final performance in the role on March 18.

Rodney Ingram previously understudied the title role in Disney’s Aladdin. His regional stage credits include 'Little Women,' 'The Little Mermaid,' and 'Kiss, Me Kate.'

The principal cast of The Phantom of the Opera currently includes James Barbour (The Phantom), Ali Ewoldt (Christine Daaé), Rodney Ingram (Raoul), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Kara Klein (Meg Giry), Linda Balgord (Madame Giry), Laird Mackintosh (Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (Monsieur Firmin), and John Easterlin (Piangi). (Kaley Ann Voorhees plays Christine at some performances).

Directed by Harold Prince, The Phantom of the Opera opened at the Majestic Theatre on 26 January 1988, following previews from 9 January, and went on to sweep the 1988 Tony Awards, winning seven categories including "Best Musical."

The Phantom of the Opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and a book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the classic novel 'Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux', The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of "a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command."

The musical features scenic design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting design by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Phantom of the Opera is produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is currently enjoying the rare distinction of having four musicals playing simulatenously on Broadway, with the Glenn Close-led revival of Sunset Boulevard, Cats, School of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera.

Recently The Phantom of the Opera reached yet another milestone as it celebrated 29 years on the Great White Way. The New York production has grossed over $1 billion at the box office, having played over 12,000 performances to 17.5 million people so far.

- by Tom Millward

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