Marcus Lovett, Simon Thomas and More Will Join Cast of West End's The Phantom of the Opera
By Mark Shenton
New principals have been announced to take over in the West End's The Phantom of the Opera, including Broadway's Marcus Lovett, who takes over the title role, with Simon Thomas, Lara Martins and Anna O'Byrne as Raoul, Carlotta and the alternate Christine, respectively. They begin performances Sept. 3 at Her Majesty's Theatre.
They join the existing principals Sofia Escobar as Christine, Cheryl McAvoy as Madame Giry, Jeremy Secomb as Piangi, Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur André and Anna Forbes as Meg Giry, who all continue in their roles.
Lovett made his Broadway debut in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables. Other Broadway credits include the title role in King David at the New Amsterdam Theatre, The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre, Billy Bigelow in Carousel at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and Alex Dillingham in Aspects of Love at the Broadhurst Theatre. In the West End he originated the role of The Man in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind at the Aldwych Theatre. His debut solo album "Marcus Lovett, The Give Moment" was released in 2008. He is also currently the voice of the promotions for "Good Morning America" on ABC and "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Thomas recently starred as Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. Other London credits include Rapunzel's Prince in Into The Woods at the Open Air Theatre, and Lucien in Marguerite at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Martins has appeared internationally in opera, including productions at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opera de Marseille and Teatro da Trindade in Lisbon. She has been awarded several prizes, including the English Song Prize and the Anne Wyburd Award at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and first prize at the Concurso de Interpretação de Música do Estoril in Portugal.
O'Byrne most recently starred as Christine Daaé in the Australian premiere production of Love Never Dies, and reprised the role in the filmed version of the production, which was released on DVD and Blu-Ray and screened in cinemas all over the world. She made her professional debut in the Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera, where she covered and performed the role of Christine Daaé. She has also been a Principal Artist at Victorian Opera, and has appeared for the Lyric Opera of Melbourne.
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