There’s a new Phantom in town

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Major cast changes took place at The Phantom of the Opera musical at Her Majesty’s theatre in London last month and the surge in ticket sales have proved that the public appetite for this hugely long-running musical has not dimmed at all after 25 years.

The new cast in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical at Her Majesty’s theatre include Marcus Lovett as ‘The Phantom’, Simon Thomas as ‘Raoul’, Lara Martins as ‘Carlotta’ and Anna O’Byrne as ‘Christine’ at certain performances.

Marcus Lovett made his Broadway debut in the original Broadway production of “Les Misérables” and he has a long pedigree of theatre credits to his name on Broadway including ‘The Phantom’ in “The Phantom of the Opera”. Marcus is not new to the West End or indeed to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals as he has starred in both “Aspects of Love” at the Broadhurst Theatre and as the starring role of ‘The Man’ in “Whistle Down the Wind” at the Aldwych Theatre.

Raoul actor Simon Thomas recently starred as ‘Warner Huntington III’ in “Legally Blonde” at the Savoy Theatre.

Lara Martins as Carlotta is an internationally renowned soprano who has enjoyed a worldwide singing career.

Anna O’Byrne is no stranger to the role of Christine having just recently starred as ‘Christine Daaé’ in the Australian Premiere production of “Love Never Dies”, Andrew Lloyd-Webbers sequel to ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. Anna made her theatre debut in the Australian production of “The Phantom of the Opera”, where she performed the role of ‘Christine Daaé’. So Anna brings with her a wealth of experience to this most challenging of roles.

The Phantom of the Opera continues to set historic milestones. In 2006 the show became the longest running show in Broadway history, surpassing the previous record holder, another Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical “Cats”. In October 2010 the show in London celebrated its 10,000th performance, and in October the following year it reached the milestone of celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a spectacular staging of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Phantom of the Opera has won over 60 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. Worldwide, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over £3.2 billion. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including “Titanic”, “ET” and “Star Wars”. It has been seen in 147 cities in 27 countries and played to over 130 million people. The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, and Tokyo.

Here’s to the next 25 years!