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Hugh Panaro

Birth Place: Pennsylvania, USA

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Hugh Panaro is perhaps best known for having played the coveted role of the Phantom in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, including the 25th Anniversary production. In fact, Hugh is one of the few actors to be cast by Harold Prince as both The Phantom and Raoul in the show's Broadway production and is currently starring as the titular role in the immersive Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd.
Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérables as Marius, the role he originated in the First National Company. He also created the roles of Buddy in the original Side Show (Sony cast recording); Julian Craster in Jule Styne's last musical, The Red Shoes; and the title role in the American premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's Martin Guerre. Hugh was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the title role of Elton John's Lestat, based on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
He made his West End debut in the original London company of Harold Prince's Show Boat as Gaylord Ravenal, the role he previously played in the Broadway and Toronto productions.

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[Arlington, VA (Regional)]
Signature Theatre World Premiere, 2020
Auguste Rodin

Off-Broadway Transfer from London Production, 2016
Sweeney Todd [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2006

Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003


[Regional (US)]
Sondheim Festival Production, 2002
Anthony Hope

Closed on the road, 1999
Martin Guerre

[West End]
London Production, 1998
Gaylord Ravenal

Original Broadway Production, 1997

Buddy Foster

Encores! Concert, 1997
Tom Martin

Broadway Revival, 1994
Gaylord Ravenal [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1993
Julian Craster


[New York]
Reading, 1988

Original Broadway Production, 1988
The Phantom [Replacement]

The Phantom [Replacement]

Raoul [Replacement]

The Phantom [Replacement]

The Phantom [Replacement]

The Phantom [Replacement]

The Phantom [Replacement]

[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1987

Original Broadway Production, 1987
Marius [Replacement]

Actors' Playhouse Production, 1985

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Photos: Hugh Panaro Makes His Barrington Stage Co. Debut at Mr. Finn's Cabaret

It was an absolute thrill to see Hugh Panaro make his Barrington Stage Company Cabaret Series debut at Mr. Finn’s.  The accomplished actor has one of the finest voices in the current landscape of performers you will find on Broadway or anywhere else in the world.  

Video: Watch Highlights from BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Sony Hall

On May 21 of this year, BroadwayWorld threw a big party at Sony Hall in the heart of the theatre district, celebrating our 20th anniversary year online and in the community. It's an evening that I won't soon forget, and it all benefitted our longtime friends and collaborators at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. And the venue itself, Sony Hall, couldn't have been nicer to us or more cooperative. 

Lillias White & Hugh Panaro Join MR. FINN'S CABARET August Lineup at Barrington Stage

Barrington Stage Company has revealed additions to the Summer Series of Mr. Finn’s Cabaret on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center for August. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Broadway's John McDaniel And Jessica Grové: One-Night-Only Cabaret At The Encore, Juno 30

The Encore Musical Theatre Company has announced that renowned Broadway artists John McDaniel and Jessica Grové will take the stage for a one-night-only cabaret performance on June 30th. Audiences can expect a personable evening of music and conversation, showcasing the immense talent and artistry of these two extraordinary performers.

Video: Watch Tributes from BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday night was a very special occasion here at BroadwayWorld. The best of Broadway gathered at Sony Hall to celebrate a huge milestone- our 20th Anniversary. Check out a series of video tributes from Marc Shaiman, Randy Rainbow, Michael Crawford and theatres all around the world!

Photos: On the Red Carpet for BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday night was a very special occasion here at BroadwayWorld. The best of Broadway gathered at Sony Hall to celebrate a huge milestone- our 20th Anniversary! The concert event benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Check out photos from the red carpet!

Review: BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Concert Thrills And Satisfies at Sony Hall

For two decades of excellence, a concert like this was an embarrasment of riches and a right proper production.

Photos: Go Inside BroadwayWorld's Star-Studded 20th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday night was a very special occasion here at BroadwayWorld. The best of Broadway gathered at Sony Hall to celebrate a huge milestone- our 20th Anniversary! The concert event benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Reflecting on 20 Years of BroadwayWorld and Last Night's Celebration at Sony Hall

As I woke this morning in a hotel room in the heart of Manhattan, I somehow felt that I was waking up in a land of another time and space. The one single word that I can form in my head and heart is 'gratitude.'

Industry Pro Newsletter: BroadwayWorld Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Awards Season Officially Underway

The nominations for the 12th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards are announced, recognizing outstanding productions such as 'FAT HAM,' 'TITANIQUE,' and 'MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.' The winners of the 2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Drama League Awards are revealed, honoring exceptional performances on and off Broadway.

Photos: BroadwayWorld Celebrates 20 Years with Star-Studded Benefit Concert at Sony Hall

Last night will go down in the books as a night to remember, especially if you happened to be at Sony Hall and witnessed the firestorm of talent that celebrated BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary under the musical direction of Kevin Stites and the direction of Richard Jay-Alexander.

BroadwayWorld Turns 20 With Starry Concert

Last night, BroadwayWorld celebrated its 20th anniversary with a concert at Sony Hall. The show, which benefited Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, took over a year to plan.

Final Block Of Tickets On Sale For BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert Benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

A final block of tickets is now available for BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Concert Celebration benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids!

Broadway's Jenn Colella Performs Live With John McDaniel At Legacy Theatre On May 7

Broadway's Jenn Colella performs live with John McDaniel at Legacy Theatre on May 7 at 2pm.

The Encore Musical Theatre Company Presents John McDaniel and Hugh Panaro in Intimate Cabaret Performance

The Encore Musical Theatre Company has announced the next event in their highly anticipated cabaret series, featuring John McDaniel and Hugh Panaro on May 13, 2023 at 7:30pm. This event promises to be an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment that is not to be missed.

Video: Go Inside the Epic Final Performance of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Broadway's longest-running show ever, The Phantom of the Opera, took its final Broadway bow on April 16, 2023, after a 35-year run and BroadwayWorld was there for the red carpet. Check out highlights from the red carpet and curtain call in this video!

Broadway's Eden Espinosa Comes To Legacy Theatre, April 2

Broadway's Eden Espinosa comes to the Legacy Theatre in Branford, CT on Sunday, April 2 at 2pm.

Gulf Coast Symphony To Pay Tribute To Andrew Lloyd Webber And More With MUSIC OF THE NIGHT

Join the Gulf Coast Symphony on Sunday, April 2, 2023 for 'Music of the Night' at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. In this one-night-only event, Tony Award-nominated Christiane Noll, Hugh Panaro and Dee Roscioli present Music of the Night.

These Iconic Performers Have Taken on the Lead Roles in SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney Todd is back on Broadway! Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford are the latest stars to portray these coveted roles, but did you know about all of these others? Check out our list of just a few of the iconic actors to star in Sweeney Todd over the years!

Long Beach Symphony Celebrates the Eclectic Music, Stories, and Power Of Broadway This Month

On Saturday, March 25, the secret power of storytelling through music comes to the Long Beach Arena as Long Beach Symphony presents Bravo! Broadway.  


Hugh Panaro has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Hugh Panaro has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Hugh Panaro's first West End show was Show Boat which opened in 1998

Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lestat .

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