Casting Complete for Yeston and Kopit's Phantom at Westchester Broadway Theatre

News   Casting Complete for Yeston and Kopit's Phantom at Westchester Broadway Theatre Casting is complete for the Westchester Broadway Theatre's upcoming production of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's musical Phantom.

As previously reported, Kate Rockwell, a finalist from television's "Grease: You're the One that I Want," will star as Christine Daae opposite Aaron Ramey (Thoroughly Modern Millie) in the masked role of the Phantom.

Sandy Rosenberg will play opera diva Carlotta with Michael Padgett as Count Philippe de Chandon, Steven Rich as Jean-Claude, Gary Marachek as Alaine Cholet, James Van Treuren as Gerard Carriere, Josh Fingerhut as Joseph Buquet, Duane McDevitt as the Minister of Culture and Dale Radunz as Inspector Ledoux. The ensemble features Julie Bell, Lauren Blackman, Chris Carter, Ellen Condon, Nicolas Davila, Tom Del Bello, Jacyn Fain, Michelle McConnell and Travis Nesbitt.

Original 1992 Westchester Phantom cast member Tom Polum, who also helmed the 1996 staging, returns to direct the forthcoming production. Patrick Kelly serves as musical director with musical staging by Jonathan Stahl.

Completing the creative team are George Puello (set design), Gail Baldoni (costume design), Andrew Gmoser (lighting design), John Hatton (sound design) and Gererd Kelly (wig/hair design).

Phantom will run Oct. 4, 2007–Feb. 9, 2008, with a hiatus from Nov. 26–Dec. 26 when Westchester Broadway Theatre will present the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. For tickets call (914) 592-2222 or visit www.broadwaytheatre.com. *

Following the world premiere at Houston's Theater Under the Stars in 1991 starring Richard White and Glory Crampton, Phantom made its New York premiere at Westchester Broadway Theatre in 1992, featuring Crampton and Robert Cuccioli as the Phantom, running for nine months and spawning the RCA cast recording.

The Kopit/Yeston Phantom — based on the Gaston Leroux novel, "The Phantom of the Opera" — predates the Andrew Lloyd Webber version, delving further into the characters' past as well as providing several plot twists not in the original novel. Preceding the musical's premiere, Kopit's original book was made into a 1990 NBC television miniseries starring Burt Lancaster.

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