PHANTOM OF THE OPERA To Bring 'The Music Of The Night' To Ottawa
The North American tour of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will land at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from October 17 through the 29. This iconic show opened on Broadway in 1988, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. The show was nominated for ten Tony Awards in 1988 and won seven, including Best Musical.
The North American tour cast stars Derrick Davis as The Phantom, Eva Tavares as Christine Daaé, Jordan Craig as Raoul, Victome De Chagny, Trista Moldovan as Carlotta Giudicelli, David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin, Edward Staudenmayer as Monsieur André, Kristie Dale Sanders as Madame Giry, Phumzile Sojola as Ubaldo Piangi, Emily Ramirez as Meg Giry and Kaitlyn Davis as Christine Daaé at certain performances.
Mark Emerson, Constantine Pappas, Jay Lusteck, Robert Anthony Jones, Victor Wallace, Marguerite Willbanks, Jordan Ensign, Sarah Mossman, Ted Keener, Adam Rodgers, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Carmen Vass, Travis Taylor, Adam Bashian, Jim Hogan, McKenna Birmingham, Julie Eicher, Daniella Filippone, Abigail Mentzer, Lily Rose Peck, Ally Taylor Sacks, Daniella Dalli, Dan Debenport, Sarah DeBiase, Edward Juvier, AdRyan Moorefield, Tara Sweeney, and Jessica Wagner round out the rest of the cast.
The role of The Phantom is no small undertaking, and Derrick Davis spoke about the challenges of portraying the iconic character to the Las Vegas Review Journal: "The emotional content of the character is full. To perform this role convincingly and effectively, you have to invest 100 percent of the emotion required in order for the audience to go on the true journey of pain and love and unrequited love and mastery and music. You have to invest it all and leave it all on the stage every single show and deal with the physical exhaustion at the end." Find the full interview here!
New staging by director Laurence Connor, along with new choreography by Scott Ambler, make this an exciting new production of a beloved classic. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is produced by Cameron Mackintosh, with music, book, and co-orchestrations by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, book and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, set design by Paul Brown, costume design by Maria Bjornson, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Porter, costume coordination for the late Maria Bjornson by Christine Rowland and orchestrations by David Cullen.
More information on this production can be found here!
Photo: Matthew Murphy