By Michael Gioia
29 Jun 2012
Davis Gaines, who performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera more than 2,000 times during his runs on Broadway, in Los Angeles and in San Francisco, plays the role of King Arthur in the production, which continues through July 15 in California.
Directed by MTW artistic director Steven Glaudini with musical direction by John Glaudini and choreography by Billy Sprague, the cast also features Larry Raben (The Producers) as Sir Robin, Jamie Torcellini (Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast) as Patsy, Dan Callaway (Phantom of the Opera national tour) as Sir Galahad, Danny Stiles (Leap of Faith, Sister Act) as Sir Bedevere, Zachary Ford (Spamalot in Las Vegas) as Sir Lancelot, Richard Israel as Historian/Fred/Herbert and Tami Tappan Damiano (Miss Saigon, Cyrano) as the Lady of the Lake.
Rounding out the ensemble are Jebbel Arce, John Paul Bautista, Kathryn Burns, Nikki Della Penta, Brad Fitzgerald, Ashley Matthews, Madison Mitchell, Daniel May, Neil Starkenberg, Clay Stefanki, Matthew J. Vargo and Carly Wielstein.
The musical features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Idle and John du Prez.
Musical Theatre West performs at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA. For tickets visit Musical.org or call (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.