Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group announced today that Chris Mann, Katie Travis, Storm Lineberger and Anne Kanengeiser will join the cast of the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA currently on national tour. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, one of the most successful musicals of all-time, is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.
Beginning November 25 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Chris Mann will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Katie Travis as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Storm Lineberger as ‘Raoul’ and Anne Kanengeiser as ‘Madame Giry.’ David Benoit will also return to the role of ‘Monsieur Firmin’ and Morgan Cowling will assume the role of ‘Meg Giry.’ Click here for a video roundup of the new stars in action!
They join current cast members Jacquelynne Fontaine as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli,’ Edward Staudenmayer as ‘Monsieur André’ and Frank Viveros as ‘Ubaldo Piangi.’
Recording artist Chris Mann had his breakout turn on NBC’s “The Voice.” In 2012, he released his debut solo album “Roads” and followed with his PBS Concert “Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons.” Katie Travis has performed principal roles at The MUNY (LES MISERABLES, Cosette), Fireside Theater, Liederkranz Opera Theater and was a 2014 winner of the Lys Symonette Award (Lotte Lenya Competition). Storm Lineberger makes his touring debut in Phantom. He has performed at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, New London Barn Playhouse and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Jacquelynne Fontaine’s stage and opera credits include The Student Prince (Kathie, Pittsburgh CLO), A Little Night Music (Charlotte, Indiana Rep), La Traviata (Violetta) and was Miss California 2006. David Benoit’s Broadway and National Tour credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Avenue Q, LES MISERABLES, Dance of the Vampires, Young Frankenstein and All Shook Up. Edward Staudenmayer’s Broadway credits include Wonderland, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Beauty and the Beast (1st National Tour). Anne Kanengeiser’s Broadway and National Tour credits include the original companies of Ragtime and Little Women, Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera. Frank Viveros originated the roles of Bloat The Blowfish in Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Musical and Iron Chef in Yellow Brick Road. Morgan Cowling appeared in Once We Lived Here (Off-Broadway), Disney’s Wishes (Original Cast) and Australian productions of Guys and Dolls and Seussical.
The current company begins performances at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA tonight through November 2 with Cooper Grodin as ‘The Phantom,’ Julia Udine as ‘Christine Daaé’ (who will be joining the Broadway company as ‘Christine Daaé’ on December 15), Ben Jacoby as ‘Raoul,’ Linda Balgord as ‘Madame Giry’ (who will be joining the Broadway company as ‘Madame Giry’ on December 15) and Hannah Florence as ‘Meg Giry.’
The Ensemble includes Adam Bashian, Krista Buccellato (beginning Nov 25), Nick Cartell, Dan Debenport, Amy Decker, Mark Emerson, David Foley, Jr., Celia Hottenstein, Christopher M. Howard, Merritt David Janes, Edward Juvier, Ted Keener, Luke Lazzaro, Jay Lusteck, Katie McCreary, Grace Morgan, Christy Morton, Lindsay O’Neil,Quinto Ott, Eric Ruiz, Allan Snyder and Marguerite Willbanks. The Corps de Ballet includes Christina Dooling (beginning Nov 25), Sarah DeBiase (beginning Dec 8), Anjelica Bette Fellini, Ramona Kelley, Abigail Mentzer, Lily Rose Peck, Alexandra Pernice, Tara Sweeney and Micki Weiner.
For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/USTour
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.”
This new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is directed by Laurence Connor (the 25th Anniversary production of LES MISERABLES now on Broadway) with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen byMatthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
There are currently eight productions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA around the world: the flagship London production (approaching 28 Years and counting), New York (26½ Years and counting), Sapporo (Japan, 25 Years and counting, in repertory), Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), the Asian Pacific Tour (now in Taipei, Taiwan), Moscow (Russia, which has its official opening on October 4) and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production now on North American Tour. Following Moscow, the next international openings will be in Hong Kong in December 2014 and Istanbul (Turkey) in April 2015.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion, which it did this summer. Revenues far surpass the world’s highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.8 billion), as well as such other blockbusters as Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars.
Worldwide, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has played over 65,000 performances that have been seen by 140 million people in 30 countries and 151 cities in 14 languages. The show has won more than 70 major theater awards.
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.