By Michael Gioia
26 Jan 2013
|Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench|
Jöback will assume the title role in the Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc., through Aug. 24. He will succeed current star Hugh Panaro, who will return Aug. 26.
Jöback took part in the Jan. 26 festivities, when Phantom became the first Broadway show to celebrate 25 years. The milestone was marked by a gala performance at The Majestic Theatre, the musical's home for its entire run, and featured an elaborate curtain call with remarks from producer Mackintosh and director Prince; a specially-taped video greeting from composer Lloyd Webber (in London and unable to attend due to a back procedure) and original West End and Broadway star Sarah Brightman (their first joint interview in 30 years); as well as onstage post-show performances from current stars Panaro and Sierra Boggess, who were joined by international Phantoms John Owen Jones, Ramin Karimloo and Jöback.
The evening also featured a Mayor's Proclamation that named Jan. 26 "The Phantom of the Opera Day," as presented by Katherine Oliver, commissioner of New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. The festivities at the theatre were followed by an exclusive and lavish gala at The New York Public Library.
Boggess will conclude her limited engagement as Christine March 2. Current Christine alternate Samantha Hill will assume the role as Christine beginning the week of March 4. Marni Raab will return as the Christine alternate.
The current cast also includes Kyle Barisich as Raoul, Jim Weitzer (Monsieur André), Tim Jerome (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Ellen Harvey (Madame Giry), Christian Šebek (Piangi) and Kara Klein (Meg Giry).