Phantom: Christian Sebek plays 'Piangi'

Christian Sebek will make his Broadway debut on 2 Sep 2011 in the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, assuming the role of 'Piangi.'

Sebek’s Opera and Classical credits range from New York Grand Opera to Carnegie Hall, including such starring roles as 'Rodolfo' in 'La Boheme', 'Pinkerton' in 'Madame Butterfly,' 'Alfredo' in 'La Traviata' and 'Romeo' in 'Romeo and Juliette.'

Sebek succeeds Evan Harrington who played his final performance on 20 Aug 2011. The role of 'Piangi' was played by Phantom of the Opera Broadway and National Tour alum David Gaschen.

The Broadway company now stars Hugh Panaro (The Phantom), Sara Jean Ford (Christine Daae - played by Marni Raab at some performances), Kyle Barisich (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagn), *George Lee Andrews (Monsieur Andre), **David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta Giudicelli), Marilyn CaskeyChristian Sebek (Ubaldo Piangi) and Jessica Bishop (Meg Gir).
*Aaron Galligan-Stierle assumes the role of Monsieur Andre from 5 Sep 2011.
**Kevin Ligon assumes the role of Monsieur Firmin from 5 Sep 2011.

The most successful stage musical of all time, the Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, celebrated its 23rd anniversary on the Great White Way on 26 Jan 2011.

In addition to its longevity records, The Phantom of the Opera is also the most successful stage musical of all time, with worldwide grosses to date estimated in excess of $5 billion. The winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the New York production has played over 9,700 performances, been seen by nearly 14.3 million people and grossed over $812 million.

Worldwide, over 65,000 performances of The Phantom of the Opera have been seen by 100 million people in 27 countries and 144 cities. There are currently five productions around the world: London, New York, Budapest (Hungary), Kyoto (Japan) and a revised production in Las Vegas at The Venetian. The original cast-recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time.

The Phantom of the Opera opened at the Majestic on 26 Jan 1988, following previews from 9 Jan, and went on to sweep the 1988 Tony Awards, winning seven, including Best Musical.

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 Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The show's production design is by the late Maria Björnson, with lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Christian Sebek as Piangi