Meghan Picerno and Ben Crawford in “The Phantom of the Opera”
(Photo: Matthieu Murphy)
Let your fantasies unfold because The Phantom of the Opera is officially back on Broadway. The longtime musical resumes performances at the Majestic Theater on October 22, marking its first show since the theater closed in March 2020.
The cast is led by Ben Crawford as the Phantom, Meghan Picerno as Christine and John Riddle as Raoul. Emilie Kouatchou made her Broadway debut as a replacement for the role of Christine, making her the first black performer to play the role on Broadway. The cast also includes Bradley Dean as Monsieur AndrÃ©, Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin, Raquel Suarez Groen as Carlotta Giudicelli, Maree Johnson as Madame Giry and Carlton Moe as Ubaldo Piangi. Sara Esty plays Meg Giry.
Set includes Giselle Alvarez, Polly Baird, Janinah Burnett, Xiaoxiao Cao, David Michael Garry, Chris Georgetti, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Katharine Heaton, Satomi Hofmann, Ted Keegan, Kfir, Kelly Loughran, Scott Mikita, Greg Mills, Justin Peck, Patricia Phillips, Richard Poole, Jessica Radetsky, Janet Saia, Paul A. Schaefer, Carly Blake Sebouhian, Jeremy Stolle, Carrington Vilmont, Jim Weitzer, Elizabeth Welch and Erica Wong.
With a book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, The Phantom of the Opera is based on the novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. We follow a misshapen composer who haunts the grand Opera of Paris. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cave, the solitary and romantic man gives lessons and composes operas for Christine, a magnificent young soprano in the making. As Christine’s star rises and a handsome suitor from her past takes the stage, the ghost goes mad, terrorizing the owners of the opera house and the company with his murderous ways. However, Christine finds herself attracted to the mystery man.
The Phantom of the Opera was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 1988 and won seven, including Best Musical.