Marc Kudisch Will Direct World Premiere of Neil Berg's The Phantoms of the Opera
By Andrew Gans
Broadway singer-actor Marc Kudisch will direct the world premiere of Neil Berg's The Phantoms of the Opera, which will close the 40th anniversary OPAS season at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
The three-time Tony nominee will collaborate with creator/producer Neil Berg and lead the show's creative process, including casting and working with the seven Broadway actors that will appear in the concert event. Casting will be announced in early 2013 with rehearsals set to start in New York City this spring.
Performances are scheduled for April 4-5, 2013, at 7:30 PM in Rudder Auditorium.
Neil Berg's The Phantoms of the Opera, according to press notes, "celebrates the extraordinary history of the four musical theater adaptations of Gaston Leroux's dramatic tale of obsession and desire, The Phantom of the Opera. Berg and his Broadway creative team masterfully weave the untold history of the major Phantom productions through the most dramatic moments in song beginning with the gorgeous original by Ken Hill, continuing with Kopit and Yeston's masterpiece (Phantom) and concluding with the theater-changing productions by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Expect lots of surprises on stage, including a full chorus, with this spellbinding theatrical concert you will never forget."
In a statement creator-producer Berg said, "I have worked with Marc for years on a variety of projects and have the upmost respect for him and his impressive talents. The minute Marc heard that we were producing The Phantoms project at Texas A&M, he made it clear to me that he was the guy to direct it and he would do whatever it took to make that happen. He has brought exciting ideas and tremendous energy to the process and we couldn't be happier than to be working on The Phantoms with him.”
Tickets to Neil Berg’s The Phantoms of the Opera range from $31-$89 with special discounts for students. They are available now at the MSC Box Office at (979) 845-1234 and online at www.MSCOPAS.org.
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