Top 100 Greatest Musicals Poll – Number 3 – The Phantom Of The Opera – Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon and The Phantom Of The Opera ties for 3rd place in the Top 100 Greatest musicals poll

It was perhaps inevitable when you open up a public vote like this one that there is a chance of a tie somewhere along the line and such was the case with our Number 3 position when The Phantom Of The Opera and Miss Saigon recieved exactly the same number of votes. The Phantom Of The Opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Phantom is based on Le Fantome del l’Opera by Gaston Leroux. Opening in London’s West End in 1986, on Broadway in 1988 and in Melbourne in 1990, The Phantom Of The Opera won the 1986 Olivier Award and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical. In London and on Broadway the show featured Michael Crawford in the title role with Sarah Brightman playing Christine Daae. Phantom’s incredible direction and design brilliance were down to Harold Prince … Read more

Phantom Celebrates 30 Years in Style

The Phantom Of The Opera London 30th Birthday celebration

Last night, The Phantom Of The Opera London celebrated its 30th Anniversary at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. At the end of the performance held in aid of The Music In Secondary Schools Trust, a special finale took place that included the current Phantom Ben Forster,  Celinde Schoenmaker (Christine Daae and Raoul (Nadim Naaman). Joining them on stage were producer Cameron Mackintosh, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographer Gillian Lynne and members of the original company including original Phantom Michael Crawford, alongside Michael Ball, Sierra Boggess and John Owen Jones. Sierra’s bilingual rendition of Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again proved a highlight of the proceedings. The special finale was streamed last night via Facebook with over 530,000 people watching. You can still watch the event on Facebook until the end of today. We hope that you enjoy these wonderful images from photographer Dan Wooller. BOOK TICKETS FOR PHANTOM LONDON BOOK TICKETS … Read more

Celebrate Phantom’s 30th Anniversary Tonight Live On Facebook

The Phantom Of The Opera London's 30th Anniversary

To celebrate our 30th Anniversary, The Phantom of the Opera will make West End history as the first ever musical to broadcast live from the stage directly to Facebook. This landmark musical continues to wow audiences around the world. Not only is Phantom celebrating its 30th Anniversary in London, it continues to be Broadway’s longest running musical. Meet the audience on the red carpet before the show, then watch out for some very familiar faces and special guest performances in our extended anniversary finale! CLICK HERE FOR COVERAGE OF PHANTOM’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK TICKETS FOR THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IN LONDON BOOK TICKETS FOR THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IN NEW YORK

New Faces Join Phantom Cast – August 2016

Book now for The Phantom Of the Opera

The Phantom Of The Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s unstoppable worldwide mega-hit is heading towards its 30th birthday in London’s West End and a few new faces are joining the cast. Continuing in their current roles are Ben Forster as The Phantom, Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae, Nadim Naaman as Raoul, Megan Llewellyn as Carlotta and Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry. From Monday 5 September 2016, new cast members will include Siôn Lloyd (Titanic, The Bodyguard) as Monsieur Firmin; Mark Oxtoby ( Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Oh What A Lovely War!) as Monsieur Andre; Paul Ettore Tabone (Love Never Dies) as Piangi and Daisy Hulbert (National Moravian-Silesian Ballet) as Meg. The Phantom Of The Opera has won over 70 major theatre swards including seven Tony awards on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It is the first stage production to reach world-wide grosses of USD$6 billion, surpassing … Read more

Five Reasons To See: The Phantom Of the Opera

Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae in The Phantom Of The Opera

This week, we headed down to the West End to check out The Phantom of the Opera, which is still pulling in huge crowds 30 years since it opened. Here’s our top five reasons to join the millions who have seen it. 1. Set and staging The show is a visual feast, with Maria Björnson’s set design still inspiring awe after all these years. Whether it’s the smoke filled gondolas or majestic staircases, it makes for a spectacular and surprising experience. Combined with Harold Prince’s direction and Gillian Lynne’s choreography, Phantom still wows 30 years later. 2. Costumes The show is also resplendent with some wonderful costumes, particularly during the Masquerade sequence at the start of the second half. Set in 1881, Phantom takes advantage of the colour and elaborateness of the period’s outfits. You may leave lamenting that we do not still wear gowns and top hats! 3. Music … Read more

Two New Phantoms Announced

John Owen-Jones and Ben Forster to star as The Phantom Of The Opera

Major cast changes are afoot at The Phantom Of The Opera with the announcement today that John Owen-Jones will return to the role of The Phantom from 7 September 2015, with Ben Forster taking on the role from 1 February 2016. John Owen-Jones has now played the role of The Phantom  more than any other actor in the West End production’s history.  John’s last performance will be on Saturday 30 January 2016 when Ben Forster will take over fresh from the season of Elf at London’s Dominion Theatre where he will play Buddy. Joining both Owen-Jones and Forster will be Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daaé; Nadim Naaman as Raoul, Michael Matus as Monsieur Firmin and Christopher Dickins as Monsieur André. It is estimated that The Phantom Of The Opera has been seen by more than 140 million people worldwide and the total gross is now in excess of $6 billion. … Read more

REVIEW: The Phantom Of The Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera continues at Her Majesty's Theatre, London.

Although there are a few moments when the old girl creaks slightly, for the most part the staging feels contemporary and interest is snapped to attention right from the very start, when the slightly menacing words of the auctioneer herald the commencement of proceedings. The sequences in the Phantom’s lair, complete with boat, candles and ornate organ are almost hypnotic; tendrils of smoke wrap around the imagination, infusing the action and music with intrigue. Harriet Jones is beautiful, petite and alluring, exactly as Christine Daaé should be. Vocally, as the Phantom, Kieran Brown’s fine, high-baritone is silky, seductive, and powerful.