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Karimloo and Boggess confirmed for Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall

July 1, 2011 

Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed the leads for the 25th anniversary celebration of The Phantom of the Opera, to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 and 2 of October 2011.

Stars of the Phantom 25th anniversary show, Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (pictured in Love Never Dies)

Stars of the Phantom 25th anniversary show, Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (pictured in Love Never Dies)

Ramin Karimloo, who is currently playing the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, which runs at the Adelphi Theatre until 27 August, will star in the title role, joined by Sierra Boggess as Christine. Both stars have enjoyed extensive periods playing the roles in both the original show and Love Never Dies.

Tickets will go on sale for the Royal Albert Hall show on Monday 4 July at 10am.

A cast and orchestra of over 200 will feature in the three special performances, which promises to be a lavishly staged new interpretation of the musical, directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging and choreography by the show’s original choreographer Gillian Lynne. A brand new set will feature in the Royal Albert Hall production by Matt Kinley inspired by Maria Björnson’s original designs.

Other cast will include Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur André, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Wynne Evans as Piangi.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who produces the original show, said “From the very first performance, audiences have fallen in love with the unique alchemy of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gorgeous score and Maria Björnson’s fabulously beautiful design, so brilliantly staged by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne. The success of the show has become the stuff of theatrical legend so Andrew and I felt we needed to create a really special performance to celebrate the 25th anniversary.”

The last celebration for The Phantom of the Opera took place on 23 October last year, to mark the 10,000th performance of the show.

Speculation over a concert or special performance of Phantom had been fuelled by Ramin Karimloo posting on Twitter in March that he would be appearing in the 25th anniversary celebrations, and by an Ebay auction held in aid of Comic Relief, to win “two great tickets to the Celebration of Phantom’s 25th Birthday in October 2011 – when he [Karimloo] will don the mask as the original Phantom one more time”.

Michael Crawford, currently playing the Wizard in Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, originated the role of the Phantom, alongside Sarah Brightman as Christine. It is still unconfirmed whether Crawford and Brightman will play any part in the celebrations for the show.

The Phantom of the Opera originally opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 directed by Harold Prince and has won over 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End, and has grossed over £3.2 billion worldwide.

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Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary celebrations to be staged at the Royal Albert Hall

May 26, 2011 

Plans have been announced for the 25th anniversary celebrations of The Phantom of the Opera this October.

A gala celebration of the long-running show will be staged at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The show’s original choreographer, Gillian Lynne, will stage the spectacle, which will be produced by Phantom’s producer Cameron Mackintosh and the musical’s composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Unconfirmed sources suggest that the show will be a fully staged, brand new production of the show which will run for more than just one evening.

The role of the Phantom will be played by Ramin Karimloo, who is currently starring as the Phantom in Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre and has also spent long periods playing in the original show.

The Stage newspaper is also reporting today that Karimloo will be joined by Sierra Boggess, who will reprise the role of Christine after playing the role in Phantom in Las Vegas and in Love Never Dies in London. The actress is currently in rehearsals for a new production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class on Broadway featuring Tyne Daly.

Stars of the Phantom 25th anniversary show, Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (pictured in Love Never Dies)

Stars of the Phantom 25th anniversary show, Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (pictured in Love Never Dies)

As previously covered on westendtheatre.com, Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful group and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd will team up to produce the large-scale show, following Mackintosh’s dazzling production last October celebrating the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables at the O2.

The last celebration for The Phantom of the Opera took place on 23 October last year, to mark the 10,000th performance of the show. Patrick Woodroffe will design the lighting for the show, advised by original Phantom lighting designer Andy Bridge.

Speculation over a concert or special performance of Phantom had been fuelled by Ramin Karimloo posting on Twitter in March that he would be appearing in the 25th anniversary celebrations, and by an Ebay auction held in aid of Comic Relief, to win “two great tickets to the Celebration of Phantom’s 25th Birthday in October 2011 – when he [Karimloo] will don the mask as the original Phantom one more time”.

Michael Crawford, currently playing the Wizard in Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, originated the role of the Phantom, alongside Sarah Brightman as Christine. It is unconfirmed whether Crawford and Brightman will play any part in the celebrations for the show.

The show originally opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 directed by Harold Prince. Over 80 million people have seen the show worldwide, ranking it the most popular entertainment of all time.

LINKS

Book tickets to the Phantom 25th Anniversary at The Royal Albert Hall 

Book tickets to The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London

Book tickets to Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre in London

Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary celebrations

April 20, 2011 

We’ve got the celebration poster, now we are waiting for news of the celebrations.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year: Phantom first previewed on 27 September 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, with its official opening night on 9th October, and it has played at the venue ever since.

New-look poster for The Phantom of the Opera's 25th anniversary

New-look poster for The Phantom of the Opera's 25th anniversary

Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful group and the show’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, are rumoured to be planning a 25th anniversary concert for the musical, following Mackintosh’s large-scale concert celebrations at the O2 last year for the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables.

The last celebration for The Phantom of the Opera took place on 23 October last year, to mark the 10,000th performance of the show.

Further speculation over a concert or special performance of the show has been fuelled by current star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom follow-up Love Never Dies, Ramin Karimloo. He posted on Twitter last month that he would be appearing in the 25th anniversary celebrations, and an Ebay auction has been held in aid of Comic Relief, to win “two great tickets to the Celebration of Phantom’s 25th Birthday in October 2011 – when he [Karimloo] will don the mask as the original Phantom one more time”.

Michael Crawford, currently playing the Wizard in Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, originated the role of the Phantom, alongside Sarah Brightman as Christine. Crawford and Brightman would be expected to take part in any celebrations for the show.

Over 80 million people have seen the show worldwide, ranking it the most popular entertainment of all time.

LINKS

Book tickets to The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London

Book tickets to Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre in London

Book tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

 

When Piers Met Andrew Lloyd Webber: TMI

April 5, 2011 

Producers of the Michael Ball Show, Spun Gold Productions, have kept the theatrical theme going by bringing us the forthcoming ALW scoop When Piers Met… Andrew Lloyd Webber (this Sunday 9 April 2011, 9.10pm on ITV1).

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Piers Morgan

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Piers Morgan

We are slightly scared that it’s going to all be TOO MUCH INFORMATION. We love Lord Lloyd-Webber, and we know that he’s had a tough time of late what with Love Never Dies troubles and his battle with prostate cancer, but do we need to know that he is impotent and toyed with using a penis pump? NO WE DON’T!

That said there is much to commend Morgan’s spotlight on Lloyd Webber, asking the billion-dollar question of why he is not a national treasure given his extraordinary track-record in British entertainment and his literal reshaping of world theatre.

Morgan interviews Lloyd Webber along with his wife, daughter, brother, ex-wife Sarah Brightman and friends Graham Norton, Arlene Phillips and Michael Ball, to dig deeper and try to find out why.

It’s hard to see how Andrew Lloyd Webber could be more successful in his field, but a tough year has clearly led to some introspection and a desire to open up. Sounds like it will a fascinating show.

When Piers Met… Andrew Lloyd Webber: Sunday 9 April 2011, 9.10pm on ITV1

Phantom celebrates anniversary

October 9, 2010 

Today, Saturday 9 October 2010, marks the 24th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

The Phantom of the OperaAndrew Lloyd Webber’s show, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, has been seen by over 100 million people worldwide and is Broadway’s longest running show.

The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 directed by Hal Prince, choreographed by Gillian Lynne and designed by Maria Björnson. Stars of the show included Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Sarah Brightman as Christine and Steve Barton as Raoul.

Michael Crawford is soon to return to the London stage in another Lloyd Webber project, this time playing the Wizard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi million pound new production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

It’s a busy weekend for Cameron Mackintosh as the Phantom anniversary comes the day after the world’s longest-running show, Les Miserables, celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Earlier this year Andrew Lloyd Webber opened his sequel to the Phantom, Love Never Dies, at the Adelphi Theatre.

Book tickets to The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London

PHANTOM FACTS

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of The Phantom of the Opera  is the most successful piece of entertainment of all time, produced in any media, and its success is continuing all over the world.
  • The Phantom started previews at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London on 27th September 1986, and opened on 9th October 1986. It opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York on 9th January 1988.
  • The Phantom of the Opera became Broadway’s longest running show ever when it overtook the record set by Cats with its 7,486th performance on January 6th 2006. It is the only Broadway show ever to reach 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st birthdays with the 22nd fast approaching in January 2010.
  • The Broadway production played its 9000th performance on 17 September 2009.
  • It is estimated that Phantom has been seen by more than 100 million people worldwide having been played in no fewer than 14 languages.
  • The show has won over 50 major theatre awards including three Olivier Awards, the most recent being the 2002 Oliver Audience Award for Most Popular Show, an Evening Standard Award, seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critic Circle Awards.
  • The Phantom of the Opera has been produced in 149 cities, in more than 25 countries around the world, including UK, US, New Zealand, Japan, Austria, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Korea, Denmark, Spain and Russia.
  • The original cast album of The Phantom of the Opera was the first in British musical history to enter the music charts at number one. Album sales now exceed forty million worldwide and it is the biggest selling cast album of all time.
  • The cast album has gone six times platinum in the US, twice platinum in the UK, nine times platinum in German, four times platinum in the Netherlands, 21 times platinum in Korea and 17 times platinum in Taiwan.
  • Joel Schumacher directed a big screen version of the show which was released worldwide at the end of 2004. It starred Gerard Butler as The Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine, Patrick Wilson as Raoul and Minnie Driver as Carlotta.
  • ‘Learn to Be Lonely’, a new song written for the movie, was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2005 Oscars. Beyonce performed the song at the ceremony.
  • Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular opened in a purpose built theatre at the Venetian Resort Hotel in 2006.

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