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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

 

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Record-Breaking Hit

 

Airs Sunday, March 4 at 6p.m. and encores Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. on WTVP-HD.

 

25th anniversary year of The Phantom of the Opera

- Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess star in a spectacular presentation from the ornate London concert venue with a host of special guest stars at the conclusion -

 

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 on WTVP Sunday, March 4 from 6-10:00 p.m. The program encores Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

Karimloo and Boggess are joined by Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur André, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Wynne Evans as Piangi, together with a cast and orchestra of more than 200 including special guest appearances by the original Phantom and Christine, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Illustrious past Phantoms Peter Jöback, John Owen-Jones, Anthony Warlow and Colm Wilkinson join forces for a powerful “Music of the Night,” all introduced by a beaming Lloyd Webber. Besides that hit tune, the show contains such favorites as “All I Ask of You,” “Think of Me,” “Prima Donna,” “Masquerade” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.”

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 Reyerd

  • 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")

 

 

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall was directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, based on the original London Production Directed by Hal Prince with Musical Staging and Choreography by Gillian Lynne. The Royal Albert Hall was transformed with a spectacular and unique design by Matt Kinley inspired by Maria Björnson’s original design. Lighting was by Patrick Woodroffe and Andrew Bridge and Sound by Mick Potter. The production was produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall was directed for television by Nick Morris.

Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.

 

 

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For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org

 


 

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