Great Performances “The Phantom of the Opera”
June 1, 2012
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, a fully-staged, lavish 25th anniversary mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway and West End extravaganza, comes to Great Performances. Great Performances’ ‘The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall’ airs Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. on Eight.
To mark the musical’s Silver Anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh presented “The Phantom of the Opera” in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London’s Royal Albert Hall. International audiences were invited to join the celebration when the evening was transmitted live to cinemas worldwide. This dazzling restaging of the original production recreates the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects of the original, set to Lloyd Webber’s haunting score.
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. Both had triumphed in the London premiere of “Love Never Dies,” Lloyd Webber’s sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” both earning prestigious Olivier Award nominations for their roles.
Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. Set against the glamour and spectacle of the Paris Opera House, Leroux told of a horribly disfigured Phantom, once a promising musician, who now terrorizes the opera company. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the Phantom is drawn to the beautiful ingénue Christine Daaé and begins coaching her secretly, as a tragic romance unfolds between the unlikely pair.
Worldwide, “The Phantom of the Opera” has grossed more than $5.6 billion. It has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people. The show has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tony® and three Olivier® Awards in the West End. It is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto. In 2006, it became Broadway’s longest-running show ever.
Ramin Karimloo The Phantom
Sierra Boggess Christine
Hadley Fraser Raoul
Wendy Ferguson Carlotta Guidicelli
Barry James Monsieur Firmin
Gareth Snook Monsieur André
Liz Robertson Madame Giry
Wynne Evans Ubaldo Piangi
Sergei Polunin Slave Master – Hannibal / Shepherd – Il Muto
Daisy Maywood Meg Giry
Nick Holder Joseph Buquet
Earl Carpenter Auctioneer
Philip Griffiths Monsieur Reyer
Simon Green Monsieur Lefevre
Stephen Davis Don Attilio ("Il Muto")
Garðar Cortes Passarino ("Don Juan Triumphant")
Heather Jackson Madame Firmin
Ellen Jackson Wardrobe Mistress
Rosemary Ashe Confidante ("Il Muto")