Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA below!
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. Now the longest-running show in Broadway, it opened on January 26, 1988 starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Notable replacements include: Mark Jacoby, Davis Gaines, Hugh Panaro, Howard McGillin, Peter Jöback, Rebecca Luker and Jennifer Hope Wills.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, has music byAndrew 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 Phantom of the Opera has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound byMartin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
NORM LEWIS (The Phantom)
Norm was last seen as "Senator Edison Davis" on the ABC drama Scandal. He recently received Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as "Porgy" in the Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, LES MISERABLES, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon and The Who's Tommy. In London's West End he has appeared in LES MISERABLES and LES MISERABLES: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS. Off-Broadway, Mr. Lewis has appeared in The Tempest (Public Theater), Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous and A New Brain, as well as Ragtime with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. His regional credits include "Porgy" in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd and The Fantasticks. On film, he has appeared in Winter's Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences and Preaching to the Choir. His additional television credits include Blue Bloods, Winter's Tale, Mystery Woman, All My Children, As the World Turns, Cosby and Strong Medicine. He has released the solo recording Norm Lewis: This Is the Life! Learn more at normlewis.com.
SIERRA BOGGESS (Christine Daaé)
Sierra was hand-picked by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to play "Christine Daaé" in the 25th Anniversary productions of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and at Royal Albert Hall in London (available on DVD, CD). Other Broadway credits: Master Class (opposite Tyne Daly) and The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations). In the West End, Boggess was nominated for an Olivier Award for Love Never Dies and starred in LES MISERABLES. Other New York credits include Guys & Dolls at Carnegie Hall, the final cast of Off-Broadway's Love, Loss and What I Wore and Music in the Air (Encores!). Concert appearances include The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series: The Lyrics of David Zippel at Lincoln Center, New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and Broadway By the Year at Town Hall. After sold out engagements at 54 Below, Boggess released her first album Awakening: Live at 54 Below.
MARY MICHAEL PATTERSON (Chistine Daaé at certain performances)
Mary was most recently seen as Marianne Dashwood in the world premiere of Sense and Sensibility: The Musical at the Denver Center Theatre. Broadway: Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt u/s). Carnegie Hall: The Sound of Music (Liesl von Trapp). Regional: White Christmas (Judy Haynes), Singin' in the Rain (Kathy Selden), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Hairspray (Brenda), West Side Story (Pauline) and numerous other shows at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and St. Louis MUNY. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Much love and thanks to her wonderful parents, her sweet sister and Jo, Nicolosi and Co., Tara Rubin Casting, everyone at The Majestic, and all of her friends and teachers who keep her inspired. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Go Blue! www.marymichaelpatterson.com
JEREMY HAYS (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny)
Jeremy is proud to be joining the Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. He made his Broadway debut in the first revival of LES MISERABLES and went on to originate the role of Enjolras for the 25th Anniversary production at Paper Mill Playhouse and the subsequent national tour. He also toured the U.S. as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats. Regionally he has starred in Hair, Camelot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma! and West Side Story. Jeremy is proud to have represented LES MISERABLES on the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Jeremy also founded the non-profit, non-partisan organization Broadway Votes which promotes voter registration and political involvement in the Broadway community. Jeremy sends his love and thanks to his family, friends and beautiful wife for their constant support. jlandonhays.com @jlandonhays
TIM JEROME (Monsieur Firmin)
Broadway: Me and My Girl (Tony® and Drama Desk nominations), Beauty & the Beast, Grand Hotel, The Magic Show, Cats, The Rothschilds, Man of La Mancha, La Bohème, Tarzan, The Lyons. Off-Broadway and regional credits include original companies of A 1940's Radio Hour, Tintypes, Romance in Hard Times, Tomfoolery, Plenty and Joseph... Film: Thirteen Days, Cradle Will Rock, Billy Bathgate and Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Celebrity, Deconstructing Harry and Everyone Says I Love You. Tim is the Founding President of Mainstreet Musicals and National Music Theater Network/NYMF. Proud union member.
LAIRD LACKINTOSH (Monsieur André)
Laird is thrilled to return to the role of "Monsieur André" after having served as interim "Phantom" at The Majestic. Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (John Utterson), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks). The Stratford Festival: My One and Only (Billy Buck Chandler), Fuente Ovejuna (Leonelo), To Kill a Mockingbird (Boo Radley), South Pacific (Lieutenant Cable), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), Into the Woods (Rapunzel's Prince), Anything Goes (Evelyn Oakleigh), My Fair Lady (Freddy). Other: Private Lives (Victor Prynne) at the Pittsburgh Public, The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul, also Phantom u/s) in Toronto, The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), White Christmas (Phil Davis), Arcadia (Septimus Hodge). www.lairdmackintosh.com and @lairdmackintosh
MICHELE MCCONNELL (Carlotta Giudicelli)
Broadway debut! Also: Camelot (tour with Robert Goulet), NYGASP at City Center (Mabel, Pirates; Josephine, Pinafore), Beauty and the Beast (Montreal/Las Vegas), DiCapo Opera, Mobile Opera, Missouri Symphony, Skyline Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Totem Pole Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Allenberry Playhouse, Peter Grey Terhune Presents. Original Broadway cast recording: Anna Karenina, and numerous recordings for Hal Leonard Publishing via Aireborn Recordings. Michele has traveled to over 115 countries performing on luxury cruise ships with her husband, baritone Duane McDevitt, and serves on the musical theatre faculty at NJCU. 2010 Bistro Award winner. Proud AEA member and Mary Kay Consultant. www.michele-mcconnell.com
CRISTIN J. HUBBARD (Madame Giry)
Broadway: The Pirate Queen, Chess: In Concert starring Josh Groban. Other NYC includes Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, numerous readings of new musicals, benefits and cabaret shows. Regional/Goodspeed Opera House: A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, The Boyfriend directed by Julie Andrews. Additional regional credits include Aida (Amneris), No Way to Treat a Lady (Sarah), Camelot (Guinevere), Company (Amy), Annie (Grace) and The Secret Garden (Rose). Cristin is also a director, voice teacher and proud mother of two girls, Lila and Ivy. Graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory. Proud AEA member.
CHRISTIAN ŠEBEK (Ubaldo Piangi)
Christian is proud to make his Broadway debut in his sons' favorite show. Opera credits include Cavaradossi/Tosca (Opera Idaho), Rodolfo/La Boheme (NY Grand Opera), Pinkerton/Madame Butterfly (Treasure Coast Opera), Alfredo/ La Traviata (Boheme Opera), Canio/Pagliacci (Opera Western Reserve), Turiddu/Cavalleria Rusticana (Chelsea Opera), Manrico/Il Trovatore (Opera in the Heights), Romeo/Romeo and Juliette (Weill Hall), Calaf/Turandot (New Rochelle Opera) and Michele/Saint of Bleecker Street (DiCapo Opera). Christian made his Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah and has soloed in concert throughout the world. Off-Broadway he created the role of Nathaneal/The Sandman and he's sung numerous TV and radio commercials.
POLLY BAIRD (Meg Giry/Dance Captain)
Polly, a native of Los Angeles, moved to New York City at age eight and began her training at the School of American Ballet. At seventeen, Polly made her Broadway debut with PHANTOM. She just recently returned from playing the role of "Meg Giry" in the National Tour. Thank you, Denny Berry! Much love to her two dogs, Lexie and Millie!
LYNNE ABELES (Spanish Lady)
Broadway debut! Favorite roles: Musetta in La Boheme, Nadina in The Chocolate Soldier (Bard Summerscape), Mary Warren in The Crucible (International Opera debut, Szeged, Hungary), Veronique (The Hotel Casablanca). Soloist: Carnegie Hall, Dicapo Opera, AshLawn Opera. Bachelor of Music: University of Miami. Love my family to pieces!
DARA ALDER (Ballet Swing)
Phantom national tour; Paul Taylor Dance Company; Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Pennsylvania Ballet; Lincoln Center Festival; Juilliard Opera; Carnegie Hall; Katherine Dunham Documentary Project, Library of Congress. Dara would like to acknowledge Joe Rubin and Monica Landry for their unyielding support in her professional career and personal evolution.
JESSICA BISHOP (Ballet Chorus)
Broadway: West Side Story revival (Velma, Anybodys cover). National Tour: Evita, PHANTOM (Meg). Off-Broadway/Regional: Freckleface Strawberry (Carmen, dir. Rob Ashford), Carousel (Goodspeed), Our Town with Hal Holbrook. TV: Sondheim: The 80th Birthday Concert (PBS). American Ballet Theatre and Coca-Cola Scholar. 1 Thes. 5:16-18. wwwJessica-Bishop.com
NICHOLAS CUNNINGHAM (Solo Dancer)
Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, La Cage aux Folles (2010). National tour: La Cage aux Folles. West End: La Cage aux Folles, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Movin' Out. Associate Choreographer: Pet Shop Boys, Pandémonium World Tour. European Tour: "Paris," Romeo and Juliet. Film: Nine. Theatre: Moulin Rouge, Féerie.
DEANNA DOYLE (Ballet Chorus)
Broadway debut! Fourth generation performer, starting with her vaudevillian great-great-aunts. Former dancer of Kansas City Ballet. New York: On Your Toes (City Center Encores!). Favorite Regional: On Your Toes ("Vera") and most recently Barrington Stage's On the Town ("Ivy Smith"). Thanks to CESD and Jeff, Mom, Matty, Chris and Bryan.
ANDREW DROST (Porter/Fireman)
Former professional ballet dancer turned opera singer. Viaggio a Reims (Pesaro, Italy). "1984" (Valencia, Spain). Principal tenor for 7 seasons with New York City Opera. World Premiere of The Golden Ticket (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). Bernstein on Broadway concert with Lisa Vroman & Judy Kaye (Caramoor International Music Festival).
EMILY HARVEY (Page)
Emily is thrilled to join the Broadway cast of PHANTOM. Broadway: Mary Poppins (Miss Lark). National Tour: Mary Poppins (Katie Nanna). London: The Phantom of the Opera (Madame Firmin). UK Tour: Kiss Me, Kate (u/s Kate). European tour: Footloose (Ethel). Film/TV: 1408, Dolly Parton's Better Get to Livin'.
JESSY HENRICKSON (Ballet Swing)
Jessy is excited to be making her Broadway debut after having performed on the Phantom tour for six years. A Pennsylvania native, she trained at the School of American Ballet (Mae L. Wein Award). New York City Ballet: featured roles for Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon. TV: "David Letterman," "CNN Presents."
ARLO HILL (Swing)
Broadway debut! Encores!: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Maître d'), Where's Charley?. Other: Jacques Brel Returns! at The Triad. Resident artist with Sightline: Hold Music (Ars Nova, Culture Project), One Arm and a Leg (HERE). Harvard '08. Thanks to my parents and Calla for love and support!
HEATHER HILL (Innkeeper's Wife)
Broadway: Porgy and Bess. Regional: Firebrand of Florence, L'Elisir D'Amore, Moby Dick, The Magic Flute. Carnegie Hall: Carmina Burana, Lord Nelson Mass. Australian/European Tours of Porgy and Bess. NYCO, Dallas Opera, Opera Colorado. Thanks to my loving, supportive family, God and Mozart. www.heatherhillsoprano.com
SATOMI HOFMANN (Wardrobe Mistress/Confidante)
Satomi starred in EFX opposite Phantom originator Michael Crawford and, later, David Cassidy. Recent credits include: Mme Giry (Phantom Broadway), Spanish Lady (Phantom, third national tour), Titania (Midsummer...). TV: "Earth to America" (TBS), "Family Guy Live." Love to my husband, my family and friends. Proud member of AEA.
KENNETH KANTOR (Monsieur Lefèvre/Firechief)
Twelve Broadway productions including Baron Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and revivals of Guys & Dolls, Mame, Brigadoon and ...Forum as standby for Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg! Four seasons Principal Artist NYC Opera. National appearances: Oklahoma! (Jud), Peter Pan (Captain Hook), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), Shenandoah (Charlie Anderson).
TED KEEGAN (Swing)
Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Camelot, Cyrano - The Musical, PHANTOM. National Tours: Camelot, PHANTOM. Orchestral soloist: Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston WV, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Fort Worth Symphonies, Dayton Philharmonic, National Symphony. Ted's solo CD available on iTunes. Proud member of Actors Equity Association for 20 years. www.tedkeegan.com
GINA LAMPARELLA (Swing)
Broadway: A Little Night Music, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, Imaginary Friends, Jane Eyre ("Blanche Ingram"), LES MISERABLES 10th Anniversary company. TV: Guiding Light, As The World Turns, All My Children. Gina has also worked as a director in the U.S. and Italy.
GIANNA LOUNGWAY (Ballet Chorus)
Gianna studied ballet at the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts. At American Repertory Ballet, she danced in ballets by director Septime Webre, Balanchine and Petipa. As a guest artist, her repertory has included Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and Swan Lake. Phantom is Gianna's Broadway debut.
SCOTT MIKITA (Swing)
Scott played Raoul and The Phantom in three other versions of Phantom. Tours: Hal Prince's Show Boat, Into the Woods, Martin Guerre. Regional: She Loves Me, Company, Christmas Carol (Goodman), Midsummer Night's Dream (Steppenwolf), Great White Hope, Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You. Northwestern graduate. Love to Hannah and Lily.
GREG MILLS (Swing)
Broadway: The Woman in White. Off-Broadway: After the Ball (Irish Rep). National tours: Phantom (Raoul), Big (Josh). Vegas: Phantom. Regional: Evita (Che), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Miss Saigon (Chris), Aida (Radames), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Chess (Freddie). Love and thanks to his family, beautiful wife Bridget and baby boy Connor.
MABEL MODRONO (Ballet Chorus)
Mabel Modrono comes direct from the Vegas production. Broadway: Judy in Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out. She was a principal ballerina with both Miami City Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Favorite roles include Balanchine's Square Dance, Donizetti Variations and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to Mom, Dad, twin Maribel and husband Tyler.
NATHAN PATRICK MORGAN (Jeweler)
Nathan is ecstatic to make his Broadway debut while fulfilling his childhood dream in Phantom. Over the past five years, he toured with Cats playing Old Deuteronomy and Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones. Nathan graduated from Manhattan School of Music in classical voice. Thank you, Mom & Dad, KB, family, AC, KV, JL. www.nathan-morgan.com
BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY (Swing)
Bronson is absolutely thrilled to be performing in his Broadway debut! National Tour: Cats ("Gus/Growltiger" and "Bustopher Jones"). Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre. NYU Grad. Endless thanks to KB, SSH and DS. For my family.
ERIC OTTO (Slave Master)
Eric was born in Westchester, NY and trained at the School of American Ballet. Broadway: Movin' Out (u/s James, Swing), Come Fly Away (u/s Sid, Ensemble). First National Tour: Movin' Out (James). Ballet companies: American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Love to family, Laura and Quinn.
SUSAN OWEN (Madame Firmin)
National Tours: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Phantom of the Opera (Christine Alternate). Regional: Williamstown, Goodspeed, McCarter, North Shore Music Theatre. Favorite roles: Rona, Spelling Bee; Abigail, The Crucible; Kathy, Singin' in the Rain. BFA: University of Michigan. Much love and thanks to her amazing friends and family. www.susanowenonline.com
MARIA PHEGAN (Ballet Chorus)
Broadway debut. Training: School of American Ballet. International career: San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Houston Ballet, Metropolitan Opera. Works by Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon and Richard Eyre. Columbia University graduate. Many thanks to family, friends and especially my lil sweets, Lucie and Violet.
RICHARD POOLE (Joseph Buquet)
Broadway and national touring credits include Cats (Gus/Growltiger), Les Miz (Valjean), Evita (Che), Joseph... (Joseph standby), Mame (with Angela Lansbury) and Dreamgirls (original production). Other productions include the European tours of Ken Hill's The Phantom of the Opera (Phantom) and Hair (Claude). Winner, Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Award for Assassins (Booth).
MATTHEW PRESCOTT (Slave Master/Solo Dancer)
Matthew graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. He's danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, BalletX, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Morphoses the Wheeldon Company and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He served as Resident Choreographer for the Billy Elliot tour.
JESSICA RADETSKY (Ballet Chorus)
Jessica studied ballet in northern California at the School of American Ballet and the Kirov Academy. She has danced with the Kirov Ballet, Kirov Opera Ballet and guested with S.F. and L.A. operas and ballet companies throughout the U.S. Her repertory includes works by Folkine, Petipa, Vaganova, Diaghilev, Bournonville and Balanchine.
REBECCA ROBBINS (Swing)
Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities (Lucie, Madame Defarge u/s). Off-Broadway: The Music Teacher (The New Group). Encores: Fanny, Music in the Air, New Moon, Pajama Game. Other: NY Philharmonic, Walnut Street Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Pittsburgh CLO, Maine State MT, Asolo Repertory. Proud cancer survivor! Love to MFK. www.rebeccarobbins.com
JANET SAIA (Swing)
Janet most recently performed in Leonard Bernstein's Mass at Carnegie Hall and as Maxine Faulk in The Night of the Iguana. Touring credits include The Royal National Theatre's production of Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), Cats (Grizabella), 42nd Street (Lorraine) and Martin Guerre (Catherine). Janet holds a B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory of Music.
PAUL A. SCHAEFER (Marksman)
Paul is happy performing his Broadway debut. Other shows: My Life with Albertine (u/s lead). Off-Broadway, Thoroughly Modern Millie (u/s both leads) tour, La Chiusa's Giant (u/s Bick) in D.C. and the Beast in Beauty & the Beast in Virginia. TV: Law & Order, Guiding Light. To M&D.
CARLY BLAKE SEBOUHIAN (Ballet Chorus)
Broadway debut! Other credits: World Premiere of The Nutty Professor at TPAC directed by Jerry Lewis, Fiorello! at City Center Encores!. Carly trained at School of American Ballet and has danced with many noteworthy companies in New York.
JEREMY STOLLE (Passarino)
Theater: Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy), Carousel (Billy), Camelot (Lionel), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll). TV: As The World Turns (Patrick), Guiding Light (Marco), All My Children, Rescue Me. Thanks to The Mine. Love to my beautiful wife and family. www.jeremystolle.com
CARRINGTON VILMONT (Auctioneer/Don Attilio)
Phantom national tour. Hello! My Baby, Half a Sixpence (Goodspeed); Colette Collage (York Theatre); Cabaret (Pittsburgh Public); The Second Tosca (Off-Off-Broadway); The Telephone & The Medium (Hawaii Opera Theater). Film/TV: Breaking Bad, Run, Death in Love, The Tell-Tale Hart, Flight of the Conchords, Bill Is My Dog. Graduate of Northwestern University.
JIM WEITZER (Monsieur Reyer/Hairdresser)
Jim played "André" (25th Anniversary) and "Raoul" (Broadway and national tour). New York: Little Women (Mr. Brooke), Jerry Springer-The Opera, Showboat (both at Carnegie Hall). Regional: Cabaret (Cliff), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Once...in New Jersey (Vinnie). Graduate: Northwestern. Agents: Harden Curtis Associates. For Dad-It's a beautiful day!
ELIZABETH WELCH (Princess)
Elizabeth is honored to make her Broadway debut with Phantom, coming directly from the national tour (Christine u/s). Regional: LES MISERABLES (Cosette), Beauty & the Beast (Belle), West Side Story (Maria). Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Olympia), L'Elisir d'Amore (Adina). Endless love to Tim and Vivian. www.elizabethwelch.net