30th Anniversary Cast of The Phantom of the Opera revealed
Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter Jöback assumes the role of The Phantom from January 15, 2018 on Broadway.
Broadway's longest-running show of all time The Phantom of the Opera is set to reach a monumental milestone in January and will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on the Great White Way. The New York production will have grossed over $1.1 billion at the box office and will have played 12,500 performances to 18 million people at the Majestic Theatre when the musical enters its fourth decade on Broadway. The 30th Anniversary celebration will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group have now revealed the 30th Anniversary cast which will see Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter Jöback return to the role of The Phantom for a limited engagement from Janurary 15 to March 31, 2018. Mr. Jöback has previously played the role on Broadway in 2013, in the West End in 2012, and two sold-out engagements in Stockholm in 2016. His other West End credits include the role of Chris in the original production of Miss Saigon and the role of Michael in The Witches of Eastwick.
Mr. Jöback will join fellow 30th Anniversary cast members Ali Ewoldt (as Christine Daaé), Rodney Ingram (as Raoul), Laird Mackintosh (as Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (as Monsieur Firmin), Raquel Suarez Groen (as Carlotta), Carlton Moe (as Piangi), Maree Johnson (as Madame Giry), and Kara Klein (as Meg Giry). Kayley Ann Voorhees will continue as the production's alternate Christine Daaé.
Current cast member James Barbour plays his final performance as The Phantom on December 23, 2017. Laird Mackintosh will cover the role from December 25 until January 13, 2018.
Directed by Harold Prince, The Phantom of the Opera officially opened at the Majestic Theatre on January 26, 1988, following previews from January 9, 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 Tickets are available now for performances through to May 5, 2018.
(Header Photo by Lyn Hughes)