First Stop is the Broward Center from November 19-30
Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group present the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which will make four stops in Florida in the coming months. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom, one of the most successful musicals of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will play to packed houses on its nationwide tour, making stops in Florida at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale (Wednesday, November 19 to Sunday, November 30), the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando (Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 14), the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa (Wednesday, December 17, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015), and the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers (Thursday, January 22 to Sunday, February 1, 2015).
Chris Mann will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Katie Travis as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Storm Lineberger as ‘Raoul,’ Jacquelynne Fontaine as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli,’ David Benoit as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Edward Staudenmayer as ‘Monsieur André,’ Anne Kanengeiser as ‘Madame Giry,’ Frank Viveros as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’ and Morgan Cowling as ‘Meg Giry.’
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “It’s wonderful to have a new production of Phantom touring America now that the show has celebrated over 26 years on Broadway. Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK.”
Cameron Mackintosh said, ”After a glorious celebration of 26 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this dazzling new production of Phantom has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics alike in the U.K. and now the U.S. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the Phantom in his new guise — for the first time or all over again.”
The new production of Phantom is an enormous hit with audiences and critics alike. The Chicago Sun-Times called it “extraordinarily opulent. This Phantom’s storytelling and relationships have an electrifying tension.” The British Sunday Express said it’s “an intense and spectacular new production with a stunning new design, fresh drama and added momentum.” The Scotsman told its readers, “Take a deep breath and prepare to be dazzled; this kind of gorgeous escapism is exactly what audiences need.”
There are currently eight productions of The Phantom of the Opera around the world. The flagship London production is approaching 28 years and counting and the New York production is at 26 ½ years and counting. The next international openings will be in Hong Kong in December 2014 and Istanbul (Turkey) in April 2015.
There have been three previous U.S. National Tours of The Phantom of the Opera that grossed over $1.5 billion in combined box office sales and played 216 engagements in 77 cities for an unprecedented total of 36 years and over 14,500 performances to 31 million people.
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.
Tickets are on sale now and prices start at $30 (Fort Lauderdale), $38.75 (Orlando), $25 (Tampa), and $58.30 (Fort Myers). There are matinee performances on weekends; consult your local performing arts center for times. In addition to the slated performances, there will be a New Year’s Eve party at the Straz Riverwalk after the December 31 show. Ring in the New Year with the Straz Center and the Phantom cast. Tickets are $60 if you saw the show earlier in the evening and you have your ticket. To attend just the party, admission is $75.
The Phantom of the Opera is just one in a series of Broadway shows that can be seen across Florida this season. It is part of the Broadway in Fort Lauderdale series, sponsored by Bank of America; the Broadway Across America Orlando series, sponsored by Fairwinds Credit Union; the Best of Broadway Tampa Bay series, sponsored by Bank of America and the Tampa Bay Times; and the Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series.
For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, visit ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/USTour. To buy tickets, visit ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/USTour/tickets-and-schedule.