The music of the night has been sung once more in New York City. Stars of the upcoming Italian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera Ramin Karimloo and Amelia Milo stopped by the Jane Bergére for an exclusive sneak-peek event to sing three highlights from the musical: "Think of Me," "Music of the Night," and "Point of No Return." See Karimloo perform "Music of the Night" above.
Karimloo and Milo will step into the roles of the Phantom and Christine beginning July 4 at the Teatro Stabile del Friuli Venezia Giulia in Trieste, Italy. Presented in English and directed by Federico Bellone, the production will be the first time The Phantom of the Opera has been staged in Italy.
Karimloo has previously played the title role on London's West End and in the British 25th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He also continued in the role through its sequel, Love Never Dies, written by Lloyd Webber specifically for Karimloo.
Milo, making her professional musical debut, is a recent graduate of Brown University, where she studied musical theatre. She previously appeared onstage as a backup singer on Kristin Chenoweth's tour in 2016, and recently has sung alongside Andrea Bocelli.
See Milo perform "Think of Me" in the video below.
The Phantom of the Opera has music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and a book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber. The Italian production, presented by Broadway Italia, will restage and redesign some aspects of the show. The production will feature new direction by Frederick Bellone, new choreography by Gillian Bruce, costumes and makeup by Clare Donato, lighting design by Valerio Tiberi, and sound design by Roc Mateu. Julio Awad will serve as music director, with music supervision by John Mary Lori.
This new Italian production comes at the heels of the closure of the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. That production closed on April 16 after a historic 35 year-long run. It won seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history January 9, 2006, when it surpassed the nearly 18-year run of Cats. The production’s nearly 14,000 performances have been seen by 20 million people and grossed $1.3 billion.
See Karimoo and Milo perform "Point of No Return" in the video below.