Phantom's Gussied Up Website Has Video Blogs by Broadway's Cudia

The official website for the worldwide productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera was recently redesigned and relaunched.

John Cudia via his blog.
John Cudia via his blog.

Redesigned by London entertainment marketing company Dewynters on behalf of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, the site was relaunched on June 10, and is maintained by The Really Useful Group in London. The site includes information about international productions of the Harold Prince-directed smash musical, including the Broadway and the U.S. national tour productions.

Prior to the relaunch, on Aug. 29, 2007, the Phantom website debuted the first in a series of blogs by then-new London Phantom Ramin Karimloo. Initially made up of written entries, the blog section evolved to include video blogs.

The Broadway production now also includes video blogs, with new Phantom John Cudia contributing a series of backstage video diaries. His video blogs take " Phantom fans and website visitors on his journey from first rehearsal through everything that goes into playing the masked man," according to an announcement.

Cudia will continue blogging through his ten-week engagement with the Broadway company, through July 26.

All blogs by Cudia and Karimloo live in the website's new section "Phantom's Lair."

Here are links to Cudia's first two video postings:

Phantom Broadway Blog No. 1.

Phantom Broadway Blog No. 2.

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A screen capture of John Cudia's video blog on <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i> site.
A screen capture of John Cudia's video blog on The Phantom of the Opera site.