Published on December 6th, 2022 | by Adrian Gunning
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA MELBOURNE SEASON EXTENDED
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is currently wowing audiences and critics alike at Arts Centre Melbourne. Due to incredible demand the Melbourne season will be extended until February 18th with tickets for the new performances on sale today.
After its record breaking season at the Sydney Opera House earlier in the year this production has soared in Melbourne with audiences flocking to experience one of the most successful and much loved musicals of all time.
The talented Australian cast is led by Josh Piterman in the coveted lead role of the Phantom while Amy Manford takes on the role of the ingénue Christine Daaé and Blake Bowden plays Raoul Vicomte de Chagny.
Australian musical theatre stalwart David Whitney plays Monsieur Firmin, Andy Morton returns to the stage as Monsieur Andrè and soprano Giuseppina Grech plays Carlotta Guidicelli. Madame Giry is played by Jayde Westaby, while classical crossover artist Paul Tabone plays Ubaldo Piangi, and newcomer Mietta White plays young ballerina Meg Giry.
Joining them is the talented ensemble cast including Elliot Baker, Anton Berezin, Laura Bianchi-Bishop, Eleanor Blythman, Gavin Brown, Ben Clark, Bridget Costello, Andrew Dunne, Lewis Francis, Christina Gibbs, Claudia Hastings, Olivia Jenkins, Daniel Koek, Naomi Livingston, Josephine Lonergan, Aaron Lynch, Imogen-Faith Malfitano, Kayleigh Marven, Emma McFarlane, Lachlan O’Brien, Brittany Page, Edward Smith, Anna Stephens, Tod Strike, Troy Sussman, Raphael Wong, Jack Wunsch and Elisha Zion Lee.
Directed by Laurence Connor 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 and sound design by Mick Potter, The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This new production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera is directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn and is presented by Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group.
PHANTOM IS AN ENORMOUS HIT ALL OVER AGAIN!
‘Big, bold and stunningly beautiful…A production that leaves you wanting more, much more.’
‘Classics are classic for a reason…cannot fail to impress.’
Time Out Sydney
“It’s marvellous…this slick and spectacular revival has everything it needs to let the music of the night carry you along.”
‘The show that transformed our expectations of what music theatre can do remains as visually ravishing as ever…a triumph of traditional stagecraft.’
Sydney Morning Herald
“Delight at the opera, this new Phantom soars to incredible heights.”
Manchester Evening News
“Take a deep breath and prepare to be dazzled; this kind of gorgeous escapism is exactly what audiences need.”
–The Scotsman (U.K.)
“This Phantom is for a new generation.”
-Roy Leonard, Chicago Now
State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne until 18 February 2023
For more information on the production please visit phantomoftheopera.com.au