By Kenneth Jones
29 Mar 2006
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Principal casting for the permanent Vegas sitdown company of the international hit musical was announced March 29. Broadway stars Brent Barrett (Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago) and Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman) will alternate performances as The Phantom due to the vocal demands of the score — and because 10 shows a week will be presented.
Previews are expected to begin June 4, with a grand opening slated for June 24.
The roles of Christine and Carlotta will also be double-cast. Suggestible ingénue Christine will be played by Sierra Boggess, who was recently seen regionally in Les Misérables, and Elizabeth Loyacano whose Broadway credits include Oklahoma! and The Woman in White.
Musical diva Carlotta will be played by Elena Jeanne Batman, who comes direct from the same role on Broadway, and Geena Jeffries, seen in the same role in the San Francisco company of Phantom.
Rebecca Spencer will be Madame Giry, John Leslie Wolfe (a Hal Prince Evita alum) will be Andre, Lawson Skala will be Firmin, Justin Lee Miller will be Don Attilio and Buquet, Brianne Kelly Morgan will be Meg Giry.
The 95-minute revised Vegas production, which will include every song from the original, reunites Lloyd Webber, director Harold Prince and others from the original creative team.
Tickets go on sale April 9. It is being tailor-fitted into a new, $40 million theatre at The Venetian.
"This is a rare chance to go back and re-visit a work of art some 20 years after it was created," said Prince, the show’s original director and winner of 20 Tony Awards. "To be able to incorporate today's special effects and technical capabilities into the timeless music and story of Phantom [is] a great thrill."
"We are excited to be well on our way to staging this truly unique production," David Ian, Global Chairman, Theatre for Live Nation, said in statement. "This production will exceed everyone's expectations and is a perfect fit with our continued desire to produce world class content in one of the greatest markets in the world."
The theatre is designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group. As previous reported, the venue "will harmonize with the show's original set design and serve to transport theatregoers to the famed Paris Opera House."
Phantom at The Venetian is produced by The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc., Live Nation and BASE Entertainment.
The acting company (which includes credited "stunt men") includes Eric Braun, Doug Carfrae, Courtney Combs, Steven Dietrich, Maureen Dodson, Amanda Edge, Bruce Ewing, Benjamin Hale, Marcia Cope Hart, Kristen Hertzenberg, Steven Hood, Amanda Huddleston, Ted Keegan, Michael Lackey, Luke Lazzaro, Patrick Leveque, Mabel Modrono, Erina Noda, Kevan Patriquin, Stephen Price, Nicole Pryor, Rebekah Raun, Marc Cedric Smith, Joan Sobel, Deana Villei, Jessica Walker, Danielle White and Donald Williams.
Tickets for Phantom at The Venetian go on sale to the public April 9, and will be available by calling the Venetian Box Office at (866) 641-7469 or (702) 414-7469, or online at www.Venetian.com.
For more information please visit the official website: www.phantomlasvegas.com.
The Phantom of the Opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber and orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc.