The Phantom Of The Opera Tickets Guide – 5 Stars Who Performed
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has entranced Broadway audiences for more than 25 years. The unforgettable show has seen many talented people play its starring roles, and they’re a central reason that Phantom of the Opera tickets continue to sell out in the box office. Subsequently, here are some prominent “Phantom” names that Broadway theatregoers might recognize.
Sarah Brightman was already well-established as a Broadway star before her iconic appearance in “The Phantom of the Opera.” In 1981 and 1982, she played Jemima in “Cats,” Kate in “The Pirates of Penzance,” Tara Treetops in “Masquerade,” and the title role in “Nightingale.”
Her voice so entranced then-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber that he wrote the role of Christine in his famous adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera” just for her. She performed the role in 1986 in Her Majesty’s Theatre London and in 1988 on Broadway. You can hear her famous soprano on any of her 11 studio albums and six albums with Lloyd Webber.
Michael Crawford made his Broadway debut in 1967 in “Black Comedy.” Gene Kelly noticed him onstage and subsequently called him to audition for the film adaptation of “Hello, Dolly!,” where he would play Corrnelius Hackl alongside Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau. Crawford shared a vocal coach with Sarah Brightman and Andrew Lloyd Webber noticed him through this connection as he was working on “The Phantom of the Opera.” Crawford starred as the Phantom opposite Brightman.
Norm Lewis will play the Phantom on Broadway in May 2014. This will make him the first black actor to play the role on Broadway, though not the first black man to play the Phantom on stage. Lewis’s most recent Broadway credits include the role of Porgy in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” King Triton in “The Little Mermaid,” and Javert in “Les Miserables.” Andrew Lloyd Webber described this casting as “wonderful news!” and proclaimed that audiences are “in for a treat” with the 2014 season.
Returning to the role of Christine, Sierra Boggess will play opposite of Norm Lewis in the 2014 Broadway production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” She is best-known for her role as Ariel in the 2008 Broadway production of “The Little Mermaid.” Her most recent role was Sharon in “Master Class” on Broadway.
Sierra is no stranger to her Phantom role, having played the character of Christine in the Phantom sequel, “Love Never Dies,” in the 25th anniversary production of “The Phantom of the Opera” at Royal Albert Hall, and in “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular.” Notable British theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh described Sierra as, “one of the finest Christines ever.”
Kevin Gray starred in the role of the Phantom in the 1990 Broadway production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” He also played the role on a national U.S. tour of the show. Gray went on to play Pontius Pilate in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the King of Siam in “The King and I,” and The Engineer in “Miss Saigon.”
Gray suffered from a fatal heart attack at just 55, shortly after Phantom’s 25th anniversary. His performance in the role of the Phantom, however, has set the standard for all actors who followed him.
With such a star-studded history, this classic show is sure to grace the stage for years to come. And if you’re looking to find the best deals on Broadway tickets with no fees or shipping, then you’ll want to get them at Scorebig.