Derrick Davis, who has played Mufasa and Scar in The Lion King on Broadway and on tour, will take over the title role in the touring production of The Phantom of the Opera beginning October 20 in Fort Worth, TX.
In addition to Davis as The Phantom, it has been announced that cast member Jordan Craig will take on the role of Raoul, with Trista Moldovan as Carlotta Giudicelli and Emily Ramirez as Meg Giry.
They join current principal members Katie Travis as Christine Daaé, David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin, Price Waldman as Monsieur André, Anne Kanengeiser as Madame Giry and Phumzile Sojola as Ubaldo Piangi.
Laurence Connor, who also directed the returns of Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, staged this new production of Phantom that began its U.S. tour in November 2013 after a 2012 U.K. premiere. The tour retains the late Maria Björnson's original, Tony Award-winning costume design.
The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber, based on the Gaston Leroux novel about a deformed musical genius who lives in the bowels of the Paris Opera House and tutors a young soprano.
Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber.
For the tour itinerary, visit thephantomoftheopera.com.