Warlow Is Phantom in Australia This Summer; Cast Announced

News   Warlow Is Phantom in Australia This Summer; Cast Announced
 
Casting has been announced for the Melbourne, Australia, return of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, starring Anthony Warlow.

The staging launches July 19 at the Princess Theatre. The Phantom last played in Australia between 1990-1998, selling over 1,510,100 tickets in Melbourne.

"We auditioned hundreds of this country's best artists," stated producer Tim McFarlane of The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific. "And we now have a stellar cast who will bring their own magic to the much awaited return of Phantom."

In addition to Warlow, "reclaiming the role which made him a star," and (as Christine) Ana Marina, the troupe will feature John Bowles as Raoul; John O'May as Monsieur Firmin; Derek Taylor as Monsieur Andre; Andrea Creighton as Carlotta; Jackie Rees as Madame Giry; David Rogers-Smith as Piangi; Julie Goodwin as the alternate Christine; and Nadia Komazec as Meg Giry.

Producer John Frost of Gordon/ Frost stated, "When associate director Arthur Masella was in Australia for the auditions, he enthused about the wealth of talent we have and is thrilled with the final casting. He has steered 15 productions of The Phantom under director Harold Prince, yet he still treats each new opening with the reverence it deserves and the auditions were pain-staking and meticulous. And that has all paid off. It is a great cast."

The musical supervisor for The Phantom is Guy Noble. The Phantom orchestra will be conducted by Vanessa Scammell. For more information, visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com.au.

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