Broadway's record breaking and global longest running smash hit The Phantom of the Opera is one of the many shows expecting to continue to have audiences SURRENDER TO THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT 8 times a week when Live Theater returns in 2021.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting Award winning musical has had an unforgettable legacy being performed in 28 countries on 6 continents and translated to every major language. One of it's notable productions was its sit-down company in Toronto, Canada at the newly renovated (at the time) Pantages Theatre (currently the Ed Mirvish Theatre) where it ran for 10 YEARS and 4,426 performances from 1989-1999. It was one of the first major sit-down English productions following its inaugural debut in London's West End, Broadway, and its sit-down company in Los Angeles. Many years later, PHANTOM's legendary US National Touring companies would go on to return to Canada including its Toronto sit-down home for strictly limited returning engagements.
Under the direction of the late Hal Prince and choreography by the late Gillian Lynne, the sit-down Toronto production was led by and reunited original Les Miserables London onstage stepfather and daughter….
Colm Wilkinson as the title role
Rebecca Caine (who was the first alternate replacement in London and moved up to being fulltime star) as "Christine Daae".
It also starred Byron Nease as "Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny".
The Toronto production also released a Canadian Cast Recording featuring majority of highlighted songs from the show. That album topped the charts going 2× Platinum in Canada.
At the time of the debut of the new Canadian sit-down company, a full 1 hour Behind the Scenes documentary was made about the making of this production. In the documentary entitled BEHIND THE MASK, you will be there watching the renovation of the Pantages Theatre, the cast in rehearsal, the crew loading in and creating the show's legendary Award winning sets and costumes, and heading into tech leading to its 1989 Opening Night. In addition, it also features a music video of the title song performed by Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine.
PHANTOM is expecting to continue to haunt audiences in London's West End at Her Majesty's Theatre, on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre, and many of its continued international companies worldwide.
How amazing is this?!!