|Phantom of the Opera is having comeback onstage to be set on February 2019 / Photo by Plopes via Shutterstock|
The mysterious phantom is set to make a comeback onstage to deliver another chilling performance. The production staff has recently announced the Phantom of the Opera’s World Tour, which I set on February 2019. This will be done under the direction of Harold Prince while the producers are Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group.
The play will also include more than 230 original costume designs made by the late Maria Bjornson, original sounds by Martin Levan, and the choreography and musical staging created by the late Gillian Lynne. Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen will oversee the orchestrations. Lyrics for the songs used in the musical are composed by Charles Hart, with some additional done by Richard Stilgoe. Andrew Bridge is the one in charge of the musical’s lighting and Mick Potter will handle the sound design. Some of the most notable songs that will be featured in the musical are “The Music of the Night, “Think of Me,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “All I Ask of You,” all of which were composed by Lloyd Webber.
The Phantom of the Opera is currently being performed in Budapest, New York, and London. It is also said to be on its tour today in the US.
A Record of Haunting and Bewitching Performances
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation originates from the classic novel Le Fantom de L’Opera written by Gaston Leroux. The musical production has won multiple accolades throughout the years, bagging more than 70 major theater awards, Playbill noted, including four Oliviers and seven Tonys. It is also recognized as the current longest-running production in Broadway, already having 13,000 shows, which have been presented in 172 cities in 37 countries. The Phantom of the Opera has surpassed Cats, which was the former record holder. The musical production has also been watched by more than 140 million people from across the globe.
The Phantom of the Opera involves the participation of 130 cast, crew, and orchestra members. Broadwayworld.com said it has been translated into 16 languages and over the span of 30 years. It is also the first Broadway show to earn a worldwide gross of US$6 million while its original cast recording has also been a blockbuster, with more than 40 million copies sold in most parts of the world.
First Encounter With the Phantom
The Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera was first performed on October 9, 1986 in Her Majesty’s Theater in London. The first to be cast as the Phantom was Michael Crawford while the first one to play as Christine was Sarah Brightman.
The Revelation of the Cast
For next year’s staging of the musical, the casting for the three main characters has also recently been revealed. Jonathan Roxmouth, who assumed the role of Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and who also starred as Che in Evita, will be the Phantom in next year’s Asian tour. He also acted as Buddy Holly in the Buddy Holly Story, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Lun Tha in The King and I, the Teen Angel in Grease, Tony in West Side Story, Joe Gills in Sunset Boulevard, and Munkustrap in Cats.
Christine, on the other hand, who is the Phantom’s protégé and the show’s lovely soprano, will be played by Meghan Picerno. Previously, she has been cast as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Maria in West Side Story, Marie in La Fille Du Regiment, La Fee in Cendrillon, Amalia in She Loves Me, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Matt Leisy will act as her love interest, Raoul. Leisy’s portfolio is no less impressive as his co-stars, having played as Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Scripps in The History Boys. He has also performed in other stage productions, such as Witness in Prosecution, Ragtime, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and The 39 Steps.
Phantom Shows in Asia
It has also been revealed that the dates and locations for upcoming performances in Asia are in the Philippines, to be played at Solaire from February 28 to April 7, 2019, and in Singapore at the Sands Theater from April 24 to May 12. In Manila, Philippines the show will be presented by Concertus Manila while in Singapore, it’s by Base Entertainment Asia. In both countries, the musical will be produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.
The Romantic Tragedy’s Story
In this tale of tragedy and romance, a disfigured musical genius who lives in the recesses of the Opera House, known as the phantom, becomes captivated by the alluring and talented soprano, Christine. In his obsession, he draws her into his lair to make her his musical apprentice and becomes even more enamored by her. Not knowing about her feelings for a man named Raoul, the phantom’s fixation on Christine leads to a complicated series of events that is filled with jealousy, passion, and madness.
|Phantom of the Opera is an adaptation from the classic novel Le Fantom de L'Opera / Photo by Plopes via Shutterstock|