Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter Jöback returns to the Broadway company of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera January 16 (instead of the previously announced January 15) to lead the 30th anniversary celebration of the hit musical.
While January 26 is the anniversary date for Broadway's longest-running show, the 30th anniversary will be celebrated two days earlier on January 24.
Jöback’s limited engagement will continue through March 31. He succeeds James Barbour, who played the role since February 2015 and gave his final performance December 23, 2017. (During the three weeks between Barbour and Jöback, the role of The Phantom was played by Laird Mackintosh, who usually plays the role of Monsieur André.) A successor to Jöback will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jöback joins previously announced 30th anniversary principal cast members Ali Ewoldt as Christine, Rodney Ingram as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur André, Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin, Raquel Suarez Groen as Carlotta, Carlton Moe as Piangi, Maree Johnson as Madame Giry, and Kara Klein as Meg Giry. At certain performances, Kayley Ann Voorhees plays the role of Christine.
Jöback earned raves for his performance as The Phantom in London (2012), New York (2013, becoming the first European to play the role on Broadway since the original cast), and two sold-out engagements in his native Stockholm (2016).
He has also appeared in the West End for producer Cameron Mackintosh, playing Chris in the original production of Miss Saigon and creating the role of Michael in The Witches of Eastwick. The actor has been awarded two Swedish Tony Awards: for creating the role of Robert in Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s original musical Kristina and for playing the Emcee in Cabaret. He also starred in a sold-out Stockholm production of Sweeney Todd in 2013.
The Phantom of the Opera will enter its fourth decade having played 12,500 performances to 18 million people at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street) and having grossed more than $1.1 billion.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, features music by Lloyd Webber, direction by Harold Prince, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and a book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber. The musical also features design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge, and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography are by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber.
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(Updated January 16, 2018)