The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running Broadway show in history, celebrates its 33rd anniversary January 26. Look back at the actors who have donned the famous mask over the years and those who have taken their turn as leading lady Christine Daaé.
Sixteen performers have been cast as the Phantom on Broadway, along with an additional five who have played limited engagements. Thirty-six thespians have played Christine, including alternates.
Flip through all of the Christine Daaes below:
Flip through all of the Phantoms below:
Since it's first show at the Majestic Theatre in 1988, The Phantom of the Opera has played 16 previews and 13,366 performances. The production earned 10 Tony Award nominations, winning seven including Best Musical.
The opening night cast starred Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé (with Patti Cohenour assuming the role at certain performances), Steven Barton as Raoul, Judy Kaye as Carlotta Guidicelli, Cris Groenendaal as Monsieur André, Nick Wyman as Monsieur Firmin, Leila Martin as Madame Giry, David Romano as Ubaldo Piangi, and Elisa Heinsohn as Meg Giry alongside George Lee Andrews, William Scott Brown, Irene Cho, Nicole Fosse, Jan Horvath, Jeff Keller, Peter Kevoian, Lisa Lockwood, Rebecca Luker, Lori MacPherson, Barry McNabb, Beth McVey, Luis Perez, Dodie Pettit, Richard Warren Pugh, Candace Rogers-Adlr, Charles Rule, Mary Leigh Stahl, Philip Steele, Olga Talyn Catherine Ulissey, and Kenneth H. Waller. Rounding out the company were Denny Berry, Frank Mastrone, and Alba Quezada as swings.
Directed by Harold Prince with choreography and musical staging by Gillian Lynne, The Phantom of the Opera features production design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Andrew Bridge, and sound design by Martin Levan. Visit the Playbill Vault for the complete cast and creative team.