Rehearsals are currently underway for the forthcoming Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which will begin performances at the famed Sydney Opera House August 19.
Watch the company prepare for their first performance in the video above.
Director Seth Sklar-Heyn says, “It is thrilling to be in Sydney working with this incredible Australian company, who are going above and beyond in our rehearsals to bring this theatrical masterpiece to the stage. I am excited for audiences to see them all breathe new life into this classic story and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent score, while inhabiting a truly unique physical production. The anticipation is building for all of us to finally move into one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Sydney Opera House, the Phantom is ready and on his way!”
Josh Piterman stars in the title role with Amy Manford as Christine Daaé and Blake Bowden as Raoul Vicomte de Chagny.
The cast also features David Whitney as Monsieur Firmin, Andy Morton as Monsieur Andrè, Giuseppina Grech as Carlotta Guidicelli, Jayde Westaby as Madame Giry, Paul Tabone as Ubaldo Piangi, and Mietta White as Meg Giry.
The ensemble includes 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, Lucy MacFarlane, 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.
The Phantom of the Opera has music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), a book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber, and orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Phantom also has direction by Laurence Connor with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Paule Constable, and sound design by Mick Potter.
The Phantom of the Opera in Australia is directed by Sklar-Heyn and produced by Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and Opera Australia. It is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Mackintosh.
Directed by the late Harold Prince, the original production of The Phantom of the Opera premiered in London's West End in 1986, transferring to Broadway in 1988. The Broadway production, currently playing the Majestic Theatre, is the longest-running production in Broadway history. Based on the Gaston Leroux novel, the work centers on a mysterious Phantom who lives beneath the Paris Opera House and the young singer who becomes his obsession. Lloyd Webber's score introduced such favorites as "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," and "Think of Me."
The Phantom of the Opera was also seen in Australia this past March at Sydney Harbor's Handa Opera. The outdoor production featured a floating stage, pyrotechnics, themed pop-up bars and restaurants, and fireworks. Take a look at that production here.