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GREAT PERFORMANCES
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
FRIDAY, JUNE 1 AT 8PM
EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS

 The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, a fully-staged, lavish 25th anniversary mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway and West End extravaganza, comes to Great Performances. Great Performances’ ‘The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall’ airs Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. on Eight.

To mark the musical’s Silver Anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh presented “The Phantom of the Opera” in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London’s Royal Albert Hall. International audiences were invited to join the celebration when the evening was transmitted live to cinemas worldwide. This dazzling restaging of the original production recreates the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects of the original, set to Lloyd Webber’s haunting score.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine.  Both had triumphed in the London premiere of “Love Never Dies,” Lloyd Webber’s sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” both earning prestigious Olivier Award nominations for their roles.

Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. Set against the glamour and spectacle of the Paris Opera House, Leroux told of a horribly disfigured Phantom, once a promising musician, who now terrorizes the opera company.  Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the Phantom is drawn to the beautiful ingénue Christine Daaé and begins coaching her secretly, as a tragic romance unfolds between the unlikely pair.

Worldwide, “The Phantom of the Opera” has grossed more than $5.6 billion.  It has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people.  The show has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tony® and three Olivier® Awards in the West End.  It is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto.  In 2006, it became Broadway’s longest-running show ever.

Cast:

Ramin Karimloo          The Phantom
Sierra Boggess            Christine
Hadley Fraser             Raoul
Wendy Ferguson         Carlotta Guidicelli
Barry James                Monsieur Firmin
Gareth Snook             Monsieur André
Liz Robertson            Madame Giry
Wynne Evans             Ubaldo Piangi
Sergei Polunin            Slave Master - Hannibal / Shepherd - Il Muto
Daisy Maywood         Meg Giry
Nick Holder               Joseph Buquet
Earl Carpenter            Auctioneer
Philip Griffiths            Monsieur Reyer
Simon Green              Monsieur Lefevre
Stephen Davis            Don Attilio ("Il Muto")
Garðar Cortes             Passarino ("Don Juan Triumphant")
Heather Jackson          Madame Firmin
Ellen Jackson             Wardrobe Mistress
Rosemary Ashe           Confidante ("Il Muto")

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