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December 5, 2023

The Phantom of the Opera continues to experience success in Manila


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera continues to experience great success since its opening last week as theatergoers flock to the Theatre at Solaire night after night to experience Broadway’s biggest hit on the Manila stage.

Presented in Manila by PLDT and Smart as part of their thrust to bring world-class entertainment to Filipinos, the musical now playing at the Theatre at Solaire and tickets to the final week of shows are now on sale through ticketworld.com.ph. As an exclusive treat, PLDT and Smart subscribers als have a chance to win tickets through exciting promos.

Following his successful stints as “Che” in Evita and “Pharaoh” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, theatre star Jonathan Roxmouth returns to play the title role of “The Phantom”. Joining the tour as the beautiful young soprano “Christine” is Meghan Picerno and rounding up the principal cast is Matt Leisy, who will be playing the role of “Raoul”.

The Phantom of the Opera will also be starring Clara Verdier (Alternate Christine Daaé,) James Borthwick (Monsieur Firmin), Curt Olds (Monsieur André), Beverly Chiat (Carlotta Giudicelli), Melina Kalomas (Madame Giry), Thabiso Masemene (Ubaldo Piangi), Kiruna-Lind Devar (Meg Giry), Sebastian Zokoza (Don Attilio), Mike Huff (Auctioneer), Joseph DePietro (Monsieur Reyer/Jeweler), Rouel Beukes (Joseph Buquet), Jennifer West (Wardrobe Mistress), Robin Botha (Madame Firmin/Ensemble) and Severio Pescucci (Slave Master/Ensemble).  Part of the Ensembles are Eric Anthony Lopez, Luke Grooms, Ian Jon Bourg (Passarino), Michael Gillis (Hairdresser), Janelle Visagie, Jana Ellsworth, Deborah Caddy and Jesse Klick (Dance Captain). Ballet Choruses are performed by Ayaka Kamei, Rachel Thalman, Claire Van Bever, Skye Weiss, Järvi Raudsepp, Hillary Reiter, and Jee Hyun Noh (Ballet Swing/Resident Choreographer). For cast members who will not be able to perform, Swings  Lungelwa Mdekazi, Megan Ort, Oliver Druce, and Alexander Mendoza are called to on stage.

The cast and crew are billeted at the Diamond Hotel Philippines.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder “Cats”. On January 1, 2018 it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on January 24, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years in Broadway.

The Phantom of the Opera became the first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion. Revenues that 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, over 140 million people have seen The Phantom of the Opera in 37 countries and 172 cities in 16 languages. It is now currently  showing in London, New York, Budapest, and on tour in the US.


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