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SHOW OF ALL TIME
OF THE OPERA
PRINCIPAL CAST CHANGE
FOR THE NEW YORK PRODUCTION
BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 20
Broadway’s Box Office Phenomenon
has played an
unprecedented 29 Years
and more than 12,000 Performances
Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today a principal cast change for the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince. Beginning Monday evening, March 20, Rodney Ingram will make his PHANTOM debut, assuming the role of Raoul, the dashing vicomte vying for the heart of the innocent soprano, Christine.
One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the New York production of PHANTOM recently celebrated 29 Years – an unprecedented feat achieved by no other Broadway show. The Broadway production has played over 12,000 performances to more than 17.5 million people at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been Broadway’s longest-running show for over a decade and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented.
Mr. Ingram joins the cast direct from the Broadway production of Disney’s Aladdin, where he understudied the title role. Regional credits include Little Women (Laurie, Theatre Aspen), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric, WPPAC) and Kiss, Me Kate (Gremio, Gretna Theatre).
Mr. Ingram is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. Born in Southern California, he was raised in Sayulita, Mexico and attended The American School of Puerto Vallarta. He spent his high school junior and senior years at The American School of Paris. Following graduation, he returned to the U.S., where he studied at Pace University, while simultaneously enrolled at Broadway Dance Center’s training program. He later transferred to, and graduated from, CAP21 Conservatory. He now assumes his first leading role Broadway contract in PHANTOM. Mr. Ingram is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Mr. Ingram succeeds Kyle Barisich as Raoul. Mr. Barisich has a long history with the musical, having played Raoul in several engagements with both the National Tour and Broadway companies, including as part of New York’s celebrated 25th Anniversary cast. His final performance with the show will be Saturday evening, March 18.
Leading man James Barbour continues his astonishing performance in the title role, alongside his acclaimed co-star Ali Ewoldt (Christine Daaé). Ms. Ewoldt made headlines when she became the first Asian-American actress to be cast in the role of Christine in the Broadway production. Continuing in their co-starring roles are Laird Mackintosh (Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (Monsieur Firmin),Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Linda Balgord (Madame Giry), John Easterlin (Piangi) and Kara Klein (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Kaley Ann Voorhees plays the role of Christine.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Monday evenings at 8, Tuesday evenings at 7, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8, with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2. Ticket prices range from $29 – $155 with Premium Tickets also available. To order tickets, visit www.Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. A daily digital lottery with $28 tickets for all performances is available by visiting www.PhantomBroadwayLottery.com .
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Since its debut on January 26, 1988, the Broadway production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has played an unprecedented 29 Years and grossed over $1 billion with total attendance of 17.5 million. In its third decade, it remains a box office champ and continues to play with no end in sight.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 with its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record-holder Cats, also by Andrew Lloyd Webber and also produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Incredibly, since breaking that record, PHANTOM has played both an additional 11 years and more than 4,500 performances – which by itself would be a smash hit run for a Broadway musical.
On January 26, 2013 the Broadway production celebrated a milestone 25 Years. On November 28, 2016, it celebrated another historic achievement: becoming the first and only Broadway show to reach 12,000 performances. (By way of comparison, PHANTOM is ahead of Broadway’s second longest-running show, Chicago, by over 9 years and 4,000 performances.) The Broadway production of PHANTOM is now on track to celebrate 30 Years in January 2018.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the first stage production in history to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion, which it did in 2014. Revenues far surpass the world’s highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.8 billion), as well as such other blockbusters as Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars.
Worldwide, a staggering 140 million people have seen THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 35 countries and 160 cities in 15 languages.
The flagship London production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA opened October 9, 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. In October 2016, it celebrated its 30th Anniversary and surpassed 12,500 performances. Previously, in October 2011, it reached 25 Years, a milestone that was celebrated with a special production at London’s Royal Albert Hall to tremendous acclaim. A live recording was released on CD by Decca and a DVD of the event was released by Universal Home Entertainment.
There are currently six productions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA around the world: London, New York, Sapporo (Japan, in repertory), Budapest (Hungary, in repertory), Stockholm (Sweden) and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production, now in its fourth year on North American Tour. The next confirmed international opening will be Gothenburg (Sweden) in August 2017.
The musical has won more than 70 major theater awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and three Olivier Awards plus the 2016 Olivier Audience Award in the West End. The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time. Since September 2010, thousands of high school and college student productions of PHANTOM have been licensed through R&H Theatricals.