THE PHANTOMS.UNMASKED! Set for Union County Performing Arts Center, 10/18

The Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ, presents the World Premiere of the National Touring Concert Attraction, THE PHANTOMS.UNMASKED!, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 PM, a Gala Benefit evening celebrating the performing arts center's 86th Anniversary.

Enter into a shadowy realm of mystery as three of Broadway's greatest Phantoms share untold

stories of their experiences behind the mask and face their darkest fears-while performing classics of passion and seduction from such Broadway hits as Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha, Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Addams Family, and The Phantom of the Opera!

THE PHANTOMS.UNMASKED! stars Broadway "Phantoms" Richard Todd Adams, Ted Keegan and Gary Mauer, with Musical Direction by Peter Candela (Disney's The Lion King).

THE PHANTOMS.UNMASKED! is conceived, produced, and directed by Stephen Kantrowitz and Jodi Chekofsky.

Tickets prices are $45, $55 and $65, with an "Angel of Music" Package also available for $100 which includes Playbill Listing, Priority Seating, and a post-show "Meet-the-Phantoms" Reception.

Richard Todd Adams has spent much of the last decade performing across the country in many of the most sought-after roles in musical theatre.

He is one of a handful of American actors to have portrayed the Phantom, Jean Valjean, and Javert. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he began his career starring as Raoul with both the Los Angeles and national touring companies of The Phantom of the Opera. He made his Broadway debut in 2005 in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White, and shortly thereafter, appeared on Broadway again in Boublil and Schoenberg's The Pirate Queen.

He won the 2008 Joseph Jefferson Award for his portrayal of Javert in the Chicago production of LES MISERABLES at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. He then returned to the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, this time to play The Phantom. For the last three years, he has toured the country, appearing as both Jean Valjean and Javert in the 25th Anniversary National Tour of LES MISERABLES. Regionally, he has starred in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde, 1776, Show Boat, Ragtime, Man of La Mancha and 2 Pianos, 4 Hands. He resides in South Orange, NJ, with his wife, Maria Eberline, and their 5-year-old son, Nathaniel.

Ted Keegan is proud to be Broadway's Number 12 Phantom! Ted is a native of Watertown, New York, with an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a graduate degree from UNC-Greensboro. He was last seen as The Phantom in Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. He starred in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera following a very successful run in the Broadway Company. Ted has performed the role in over 24 states across the country. He has had the great pleasure of appearing as The Phantom on television, performing live from Rockefeller Center for the "Today Show" on NBC. He also has the distinction of being the actor who has sung the role in front of the largest audience ever, when he made a spectacular flying entrance from the dome of Madison Square Garden singing "The Phantom of the Opera" during the half-time show of the NBA All-Star Game.

Ted was deeply involved in the George Gershwin Centennial Celebration and has sung Gershwin with Audra McDonald in New York and with Marin Mazzie at the opening of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He appeared in the Frank Loesser Celebration at Symphony Space in New York City and was a soloist at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, singing Unheard Bernstein. Ted hosted the Yuletide Celebration in Indianapolis, singing with the 90-piece Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A few of the orchestras Ted has performed with as a soloist include the Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston WV, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Omaha, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, Edmonton Symphonies and the Dayton Philharmonic, as well as the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He made his Broadway debut in the highly acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd, where he was seen as Anthony. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Cyrano: The Musical, Mordred in Camelot with Robert Goulet, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Herman in The Most Happy Fella, Constantine in Hollywood/Ukraine, and another Phantom too-in the European Tour of the Kopit/Yeston version.

Gary Mauer most-recently starred in the Broadway production and National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, playing The Phantom. Broadway and National Tour credits also include Les Miserables and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. He was cast opposite his wife, Elizabeth Southard, in the National Tour of Harold Prince's Show Boat. Other favorite roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ, Superstar, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Gary has sung "All I Ask of You" on ABC's LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee and The View as well as NBC's The Today Show. As part of the popular "BRAVO BROADWAY!" concert series, he has sung with numerous symphonies across the country including Cleveland, Utah, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero. He has traveled extensively with Marvin Hamlisch and has joined Mr. Hamlisch with the Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphonies. He has had return engagements with the National Symphony, Harrisburg, South Bend, New Mexico and the Florida Sunshine Pops. He can be heard on his solo CD, This Is The Moment, and is featured on the CD's Bravo Broadway! and Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms.

Photo by Joan Marcus

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