Cudia Will Be Broadway's New Phantom May 22-July 26

News   Cudia Will Be Broadway's New Phantom May 22-July 26 John Cudia, a masked man on the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, takes over the title role in the Broadway production on May 22.
John Cudia as The Phantom of the Opera
John Cudia as The Phantom of the Opera Photo by Joan Marcus

Cudia takes over for longtime Phantom Howard McGillin, who will return to the role in late July 2008 after filming a movie.

Cudia previously played the romantic leading role of Raoul in the Harold Prince-directed Broadway production, and covered the role of The Phantom for two-and-a-half years.

Cudia first joined the national tour in November 1999 as a swing and cover for the leading role of Raoul. After eight months he took over as Raoul, which he played from July 2000 through March 2002, earning a National Broadway Touring Award nomination. It was on this tour that he performed opposite his future wife, Broadway actress Kathy Voytko.

In October 2002 he joined the Broadway company as Raoul, a role that he would play in New York for over 750 performances, through May 2005.

He next took over as The Phantom on the national tour in April 2006, playing it for nearly 700 performances, through November 2007. With a record-breaking tally of over 2,000 performances, McGillin has played the title role more than any other performer on Broadway. McGillin's last performance (prior to Cudia's first performance on May 22) will be Saturday evening, May 17. (Understudies will cover the role May 19-21.)

During his time away from the show, McGillin's projects will include shooting the film "All Good Things" starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. He will return as The Phantom on July 28, after Cudia's final performance on Saturday evening, July 26.

Having also performed in the Broadway cast of Les Misérables (during its original run), Cudia holds the distinction of being the only actor to have played both major leading roles of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Cameron Mackintosh produced both shows.

Cudia most recently played Jean Valjean in the Les Miz at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, one of only five regional theatres in the United States to win the rights to perform the show. His resume includes such leading roles as tenor Tony Candolino in Master Class (Portland Stage), the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar (Carousel Theater), Freddy in My Fair Lady (Westchester Broadway Theater) and Lt. Cable in South Pacific opposite Cathy Rigby (Casa Manana), as well as in productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theater, Pioneer Theater and St. Louis Repertory. His concert appearances include The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Liz Callaway and Alice Ripley and performing as a featured tenor soloist with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in his home state of New Jersey. Cudia earned his BA from Fordham University.

Phantom — the longest-running show in Broadway history — continues at the Majestic Theatre. For ticket information visit telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200, or visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com.

Jennifer Hope Willis and John Cudia in <i>The Phantom of the Opera.</i>
Jennifer Hope Willis and John Cudia in The Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Joan Marcus
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