Broadway's Phantom Troupe Welcomes New Masked Man May 22

By Kenneth Jones
May 22, 2008

John Cudia, a veteran of the Broadway and touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera, dons the mask of the title character in the Broadway production at the Majestic Theatre starting May 22.

He's in the house through July 26 while longtime Phantom Howard McGillin focuses on a film job. McGillin will be back July 28.

Phantom is the longest-running show in Broadway history. Its current principals include Jennifer Hope Wills as Christine Daaé, Elizabeth Loyacano as Christine Daaé (at certain performances), Tim Martin Gleason as Raoul, Patricia Phillips as Carlotta, George Lee Andrews as Monsieur Andre, David Cryer as Monsieur Firmin, Rebecca Judd as Madame Giry, Evan Harrington as Piangi and Heather McFadden as Meg Giry.

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Cudia, the masked man on the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, previously played the romantic leading role of Raoul in the Harold Prince-directed Broadway production, and covered the role of The Phantom for two-and-a-half years.

Cudia first joined the national tour in November 1999 as a swing and cover for the leading role of Raoul. After eight months he took over as Raoul, which he played from July 2000 through March 2002, earning a National Broadway Touring Award nomination. It was on this tour that he performed opposite his future wife, Broadway actress Kathy Voytko.

In October 2002 he joined the Broadway company as Raoul, a role that he would play in New York for over 750 performances, through May 2005.

He next took over as The Phantom on the national tour in April 2006, playing it for nearly 700 performances, through November 2007.

Having also performed in the Broadway cast of Les Misérables (during its original run), Cudia holds the distinction of being the only actor to have played both major leading roles of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Cameron Mackintosh produced both shows.

Cudia most recently played Jean Valjean in the Les Miz at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, one of only five regional theatres in the United States to win the rights to perform the show. His resume includes such leading roles as tenor Tony Candolino in Master Class (Portland Stage), the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar (Carousel Theater), Freddy in My Fair Lady (Westchester Broadway Theater) and Lt. Cable in South Pacific opposite Cathy Rigby (Casa Manana), as well as in productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theater, Pioneer Theater and St. Louis Repertory. His concert appearances include The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Liz Callaway and Alice Ripley and performing as a featured tenor soloist with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in his home state of New Jersey. Cudia earned his BA from Fordham University.

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