Sierra Boggess Joins Broadway Cast of Phantom the Opera Jan. 21 for Limited Engagement
By Kenneth Jones
Sierra Boggess, who originated the role of Christine in London's Love Never Dies, the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, joins the Broadway company of Phantom Jan. 21 for a limited engagement. Her leading men are Hugh Panaro as The Phantom and Kyle Barisich as Raoul.
Boggess' appearance coincides with the musical's 25th anniversary on Broadway on Jan. 26, the date the show officially opened back in 1988. Boggess' history with Phantom — written by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart and directed by Harold Prince — began when she originated the role of Christine in the revised Las Vegas production in 2006. She also played Christine for the London production's 25th anniversary, which was marked by a special staging at The Royal Albert Hall in October 2011.
The actress recently starred in Cameron Mackintosh's record-breaking London production of Les Misérables as Fantine. She starred as Broadway's The Little Mermaid and appeared in the Broadway revival of Master Class.
Phantom's 25th anniversary will be marked by a Special Gala Performance the night of Jan. 26. While many of the evening’s details are being kept under wraps, the special night will begin with an early 6:30 PM performance at The Majestic Theatre.
Panaro has a history of playing the Tony Award-winning show's rivals — both The Phantom and Raoul. He was first cast in December 1990 as Raoul, a role he played for more than two years and over 900 performances. In February 1999 he took over the title role, becoming the 10th of 12 men to be cast as The Phantom on Broadway.
To date, Panaro has played The Phantom with the New York Company over 1,800 times in three different engagements, including his most recent return that began in September 2010. Combined, he has performed (as both The Phantom and Raoul) in over 2,800 performances of the Broadway production.
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