Meghan Picerno debuts in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

Picerno assumes the leading role of Christine Daaé in the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Meghan Picerno

The Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history, welcomes a new leading lady to its company at the Majestic Theatre tonight. As previously reportedMeghan Picerno assumes the role of Christine Daaé tonight, succeeding Kaley Ann Voorhees, who played her final performance on October 13.

Ms. Picerno, who makes her Broadway debut tonight, has previously starred in the celebrated world tour of the musical, and also originated the role of Christine Daaé in the North American premiere of Phantom’s sequel, Love Never Dies.

The principal cast of The Phantom of the Opera currently includes Ben Crawford (as The Phantom), Meghan Picerno (as Christine Daaé), John Riddle (as Raoul), Bradley Dean (as Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (as Monsieur Firmin), Raquel Suarez Groen (as Carlotta), Maree Johnson (as Madme Giry), Carlton Moe (as Piangi), Kelsey Connolly (as Meg Giry), and Eryn LeCroy (as alternate Christine Daaé).

Directed by the late Harold PrinceThe 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 the late Gillian Lynne and orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Phantom of the Opera Tickets are available now for performances through to April 18, 2020.

(Photos courtesy of The Publicity Office)