Desert Bloom: Las Vegas Phantom Plays 1,000 Performances

By Kenneth Jones
26 Aug 2008

Phantom star Anthony Crivello
Phantom star Anthony Crivello
Photo by Joan Marcus

Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular played its 1,000th performance Aug. 25 at The Venetian Resort.

The Nevada production, which is 90 minutes long and more "environmental" — the venue is decorated to be the Paris Opera House — than any other production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit, has run more than two years.

Harold Prince directs, as he did all other worldwide productions.

This lavish production plays eight times a week at The Venetian. Anthony Crivello stars in the title role. According to the producers, "From the moment you enter the magnificent custom-built theatre you are immersed in the storied Paris Opera House and become part of The Phantom's world. Featuring every beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber song from the original, spectacular sets, new effects, and a breathtaking chandelier experience, Phantom is an only-in-Vegas experience."

Phantom at The Venetian is produced by The Really Useful Theatre Company Inc. and BASE Entertainment. Book and music are by Lloyd Webber, lyrics are by Charles Hart, with additional book and lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, drawing on the Gaston Leroux novel.



The company includes Anthony Crivello (The Phantom of the Opera), Kristi Holden (Christine Daaé), Amanda Huddleston (Christine Daaè Alternate), Andrew Ragone (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny), Lawson Skala (Monsieur Firmin), John Leslie Wolfe (Monsieur André), Geena Jeffries Mattox (Carlotta Giudicelli), Tina Walsh (Madame Giry), Larry Wayne Morbitt (Ubaldo Piangi), Brianne Kelly Morgan (Meg Giry), Amelia Firon Abrahams (Dancer), Jordan Ashley (Ballet Chorus), Bradley Benjamin (Ballet Chorus), Jan Jon Bourg (Flunky/Stagehand), Eric D Braun (Swing/Stuntman/Fight Captain/Stunt Captain), Doug Carfrae (Ensemble/Lefevre /Firmin Understudy), Courtney Combs (Dance Swing/ Dance Captain), Maureen Dodson (Female Swing/ Madame Giry Understudy), Bruce Ewing (Monsieur Reyer/Jeweller), Jason Forbach (Hairdresser/Marksman/Understudy Raoul and Reyer), Bonnie Fraser (Princess "Hannibal"/ Christine Understudy), Benjamin Hale (Male Swing/ Raoul Understudy), Marcia Cope Hart (Ensemble/Madame Giry Understudy), Steven Hood (Male Swing), Michael Lackey (Ensemble/Auctioneer /Phantom Understudy /Andre Understudy), Luke Lazzaro (Slave Master), Jacob Moody (Stagehand), Erina Noda (Dancer), Kevan Patriquin (Stunt Man), Justin Peck (Ballet Swing), Stephen Perry Price (Ensemble/Piangi Understudy), Nicole Pryor (Ensemble/ Confidante/ Wardrobe Mistress), Rebekah Raun (Dancer/Meg Giry Understudy), Marc Cedric Smith (Don Attilio, Passarino), Joan Sobel (Ensemble/Madame Firmin/Carolotta Understudy), Arsenia Soto (Wild Woman), Deana Villei (Dancer), Scott Watanabe (Joseph Buquet/ Stagehand/Fireman), Danielle White (Ensemble/Carlotta Understudy), Donald Williams (Dancer).

Phantom performs at The Venetian Resort – Hotel – Casino on Monday and Saturday at 7 & 9:30 PM and Tuesday-Friday at 7 PM (dark Sunday). Tickets are available by calling the Venetian box office at (866) 641-7469 or (702) 414-9000, or online at www.Venetian.com.

For groups of ten or more, call (702) 785-5394. For more information visit www.phantomlasvegas.com.