One of the things I’m looking forward to this 2019 is the return of The Phantom of the Opera in Manila, which captivated audiences in 2012. I’m sad that I missed it during its first run but the musical will be back in two months and I will definitely not miss it this time. Tickets are now on sale so go buy if you haven’t yet!
I’m also excited because Concertus Manila announced the cast bringing the timeless story to life.
Theater star Jonathan Roxmouth returns to play the title role of The Phantom, and he will be joined by Meghan Picerno as the beautiful young soprano Christine. Rounding up the principal cast is Matt Leisy, who will be playing the role of Raoul.
Roxmouth is known for roles in Chicago, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, and more. Meanwhile, Picerno has appeared in Love Never Dies, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, among others.
The Phantom of the Opera in Manila will also be starring Rouel Beukes, James Borthwick, Robin Botha, Ian Jon Bourg, Deborah Caddy, Beverley Chiat, Joseph DePietro, Kiruna-Lind Devar, Oliver Druce, Jana Ellsworth, Michael Gillis, Luke Grooms, Mike Huff, Melina Kalomas, Ayaka Kamei, Jesse Klick, Eric Anthony Lopez, Thabiso Masemene, Lungelwa Mdekazi, Alexander Mendoza, JeeHyun Noh, Curt Olds, Megan Ort, Saverio Pescucci, Järvi Raudsepp, Hillary Reiter, Rachel Thalman, Claire Van Bever, Clara Verdier, Janelle Visagie, Skye Weiss, Jennifer West, and Sebastian Zokoza.
The musical is based on the 1909 French novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. It tells the story of a disfigured musical genius, who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House and falls in love with a young soprano named Christine. He becomes obsessed with her and it sets the stage for a drama filled with passion, jealousy, and madness.
The novel was adapted to the stage by Andrew Lloyd Weber in 1986, starring Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine. It became a blockbuster, winning over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards. It is now the longest-running show in Broadway history, performing its 13,000th show earlier this year.
The Phantom of the Opera will be returning to Manila on February 20, 2019 and will be produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Concertus Manila, which also produced Cats, Wicked, Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Sound of Music and The Lion King.
This story is in partnership with Concertus Manila. The Phantom of the Opera will be staged at The Theatre at Solaire. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketworld.com.ph. The show is a collaboration between Concertus Manila, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, and Ticketworld. The show is presented by PLDT Smart. For more information, follow Concertus Manila’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions’ Facebook and Twitter pages.