Phantom of the Opera Plays London's Royal Albert Hall

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01 Oct 2011

Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess in <i>Love Never Dies</i>.
Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess in Love Never Dies.
Catherine Ashmore

The 25th anniversary staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera plays three performances only at London's Royal Albert Hall Oct. 1-2. 

Ramin Karmiloo and Sierra Boggess reunite to play the Phantom and Christine, respectively, after originating the same roles in Love Never Dies. They are joined by Hadley Fraser as Raoul, with Keira Duffy as Carlotta, Daisy Maywood as Meg Giry, Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur Andre, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry, Wynn Evans as Piangi and Sergei Polunin as Slave Master.

In a previous press statement, producer Cameron Mackintosh commented, "It is amazing to think that the extraordinary success of The Phantom of the Opera is about to celebrate 25 years. From the very first performance, audiences have fallen in love with the unique alchemy of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gorgeous score and Maria Björnson’s fabulously beautiful design, so brilliantly staged by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne. The success of the show has become the stuff of theatrical legend so Andrew and I felt we needed to create a really special performance to celebrate the 25th anniversary."

He continues, “One of the great strengths of The Phantom of the Opera is that being set in an opera house, its production is totally theatrical. So we felt that there could be no better 19th century theatrical auditorium in London for this occasion than the Royal Albert Hall. With its Victorian red plush and celebrated magnificent organ it is the perfect place for The Phantom to haunt. Though this special staging will naturally be drawn from the brilliant original, it will be both a spectacular and unique production with a cast and orchestra of over 200 headed by Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess. Both artists have been an outstanding Phantom and Christine in recent productions and have also enjoyed huge success together as the stars of Love Never Dies. I have no doubt that these three performances at the Royal Albert Hall will be a thrilling celebration of the Music of the Night.”

The Phantom of the Opera originally opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End on Oct. 9, 1986, where it has been running ever since. In October 2010 it celebrated its 10,000th performance there. The show became the longest-running show in Broadway history on Jan. 9, 2006, when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder Cats. Worldwide, the show has grossed over £3.2 billion. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including "Titanic," "ET" and "Star Wars." It has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to over 100 million people. There are currently productions running in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto.



The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall features direction by Laurence Connor, with musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, who also fulfilled the same duties on the original production. The production is designed by Matt Kinley, inspired by Maria Bjornson's original design. Lighting is by Patrick Woodroffe and Andrew Bridge, and sound is by Mick Potter. The original London production was directed by Hal Prince. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Company Ltd.

In addition to previously appearing in the London production of The Phantom of the Opera as both Raoul and the Phantom and creating the role of the Phantom in Love Never Dies, Karimloo has also appeared in the West End in Les Misérables, and starred as Enjolras both in Les Misérables – A Special Concert at Windsor Castle to celebrate the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, in front of Her Majesty The Queen and reprised the role for the 25th Anniversary celebration of Les Misérables at The 02. He has recently signed with a major label and is currently recording his first solo album.

Boggess recently starred opposite Tyne Daly in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's Master Class. Prior to that, she starred as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies in the West End. She has also played the same role in Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Hotel. Other New York appearances include starring in the title role of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and in the City Center Encores! production of Music in the Air.

Fraser is currently playing Javert in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre, and played Grantaire in the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert last year at the 02 Arena. Other credits include The Pirate Queen on Broadway.

Duffy, an American soprano who made her London Symphony Orchestra debut as Cunegonde in a concert performance of Candide, has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.

Maywood has played Eponine at the Queen's Theatre, and she will next play Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at Leicester Curve Theatre.

James, Snook and Robertson have all previously starred in the London production of The Phantom of the Opera, and Robertson originated the role of Madame Giry in Love Never Dies as well. Welsh tenor Wynne Evans has sung as a principal at the Royal Opera House and with both Welsh National Opera and English National Opera. His debut album "A Song In My Heart" went straight to number one in the classical charts. Ukrainian-born dancer Polunin joined the Royal Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Principal in 2010.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0845 401 5045, or visit www.phantom25th.com.

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The special 25th anniversary staging of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall will be broadcast live in a host of theatres across the globe Oct. 2, including New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre.

New York City cinemas presenting the live 2 PM ET screening include the Ziegfeld, as well as Empire 25 with IMAX, Bay Plaza 13, Kips Bay 15 with IMAX, Union Square Stadium 14, First and 62nd Cinemas and Chelsea Cinema.

Fathom Events and Omniverse Vision partner to present the live global broadcast. Additional encore screenings are scheduled for Oct. 5, 6 and 11 at 7:30 PM.

Visit FathomEvents for a complete U.S. listing for Phantom.