Westchester Phantom Returns Dec. 27 with Cuccioli in the Title Role

News   Westchester Phantom Returns Dec. 27 with Cuccioli in the Title Role The Westchester Broadway Theatre production of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Phantom reopens with Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli in the title role.
Robert Cuccioli in Phantom
Robert Cuccioli in Phantom Photo by John Vecchiolla

Following holiday programming, Phantom returns from hiatus with Cuccioli making his own Westchester return, having played the role of the Phantom for the show's New York premiere at Westchester Broadway Theatre in 1992. That staging ran for nine months and was revived in 1996 for WBT audiences.

Cuccioli succeeds Aaron Ramey (who opened the current Westchester Broadway Theatre production) in the role of the Phantom, starring opposite Kate Rockwell (NYMF's Tully, "Sex and the City" film) as Christine Daae.

The cast also includes Sandy Rosenberg as opera diva Carlotta with Michael Padgett as Count Philippe de Chandon, Steven Rich as Jean-Claude, Gary Marachek as Alaine Cholet, James Van Treuren as Gerard Carriere, Josh Fingerhut as Joseph Buquet, Duane McDevitt as the Minister of Culture and Dale Radunz as Inspector Ledoux. The ensemble features Julie Bell, Lauren Blackman, Chris Carter, Ellen Condon, Nicolas Davila, Tom Del Bello, Jacyn Fain, Michelle McConnell and Travis Nesbitt.

Robert Cuccioli was recently seen as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha for the White Plains Performing Arts Center. He appeared Off-Broadway in the revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. A Tony nominee for Jekyll & Hyde, Cuccioli's Broadway credits also include Les Misérables.

Phantom began performances Oct. 4, and went on hiatus Nov. 26 so that Westchester Broadway Theatre could offer its patrons holiday programming. Tom Polum directs the Westchester Phantom revival with Leo Carusone as musical director and musical staging by Jonathan Stahl. Completing the creative team are George Puello (set design), Gail Baldoni (costume design), Andrew Gmoser (lighting design), John Hatton (sound design) and Gererd Kelly (wig/hair design).

For tickets call (914) 592-2222 or visit www.broadwaytheatre.com.

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The Kopit/Yeston Phantom — based on the Gaston Leroux novel, "The Phantom of the Opera" — delves into the characters' pasts and provides several plot twists not in the original novel. Preceding the musical's premiere, Kopit's original book was made into a 1990 NBC television miniseries starring Burt Lancaster.

Robert Cuccioli in Westchester Broadway Theatre's <i>Phantom</i>
Robert Cuccioli in Westchester Broadway Theatre's Phantom Photo by John Vecchiolla
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