Davis Gaines, best known for playing the title role in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera, will be performing a collection of Broadway classics along with some new songs at Fort Worth's Casa Manana Theatre, Saturday, July 12 at 8 PM.
Gaines played the Phantom 1937 times, giving him the distinction of playing the Phantom more times than any other actor worldwide.
Gaines' Broadway debut came in 1980 in Camelot with Richard Burton
. Gaines starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Whistle Down the Wind, which closed in what was to have been a pre-Broadway engagement at Washington's National Theatre. He went on to star in a concert performance of The Boys From Syracuse in the acclaimed Off-Broadway "Encores!" series.
Gaines' big break came when director Hal Prince cast the relatively unknown actor as the Phantom in Los Angeles, replacing original Phantom, Michael Crawford. In a Los Angeles Times interview, Prince said, "When I heard him (sing), I said 'My God, this is the Phantom; not just a Phantom, but an extraordinary Phantom.' I want everyone to go into the theater ready to discover a star - and that's what I think he is." Gaines' first performed a concert of Christmas music at Casa two years ago. For his second Casa concert, Gaines will be accompanied by pianist David Lai, who produced Gaines' recent album, "Against the Tide." Lai is music director and conductor for the Broadway Phantom of the Opera.
Tickets are $30 and are available by calling (817) 332-CASA.
--By Sean McGrath