Phantom of the Opera Broadway Cast Update
Phantom – James Barbour
JAMES BARBOUR (The Phantom of the Opera) has starred on Broadway as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle awards nominations), Czolgosz in Assassins, The Beast in Beauty & the Beast, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre (Drama League nomination). James also appeared on Broadway in Cyrano, opposite Jeremy Irons in Camelot and in the national tour of The Secret Garden. Other recent credits: Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (LA Ovation Award, Best Actor), Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick (U.S. premiere), Daddy Hogan in Anna Nicole (BAM). TV: “The District,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Flashpoint,” “Sex and the City,” “Ed,” “That’s Life,” “Beauty & the Beast in Concert” (CBS), “Great Performances,” “An American Experience,” “A Tale of Two Cities” (PBS). Film: Alchemy, Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, Waiting for Lefty, Twinkle Toes with Sally Kirkland. Recordings: Broadway in Concert, The Gift, Dracula, Tears from Heaven, The Count of Monte Critso, Excalibur, his many cast recordings and two solo CDs, A Gift of Christmas and Bring Me Giants. He hosts TV’s “James Barbour Now” on WITNation.com. His production company, Laughing Dog Media, creates and controls original content for VoiceAmerica.tv’s new Internet TV network.
Christine – Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt made her Broadway debut in 2006 in Mr. Mackintosh’s first Broadway revival of Les Misérables as Cosette. She joins direct from playing Tuptim in the Chicago Lyric Opera production of The King & I. She also appeared in the original cast of the current Lincoln Center Theater production. Other credits include Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway), Maria in West Side Story (first national tour), Lili in Carnival! (Musicals Tonight) and the national tour of Les Misérables. Born outside of Chicago and raised in Pleasantville, NY, she has a BA in Psychology from Yale University.
Christine – Kaley Ann Voorhees
ALEY ANN VOORHEES Christine Daaé at certain performances is thrilled to be back in Phantom, where she made her Broadway debut as the youngest person to play Christine in the New York production. She comes directly from the original cast of Hal Prince’s Prince of Broadway, after being part of the original Japanese tour. She made her opera debut this winter in New York City Opera’s Candide. Special thanks to Tara Rubin Casting and Harden-Curtis Associates. To my family and the amazing Hal Prince!
Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny – Rodney Ingram
Rodney Ingram is elated to join the Phantom cast! He was last seen understudying the title role in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Regional credits include Little Women (Laurie, Theatre Aspen), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric, WPPAC), Kiss Me Kate (Gremio, Gretna Theatre). Huge thanks to Tara Rubin Casting, CAP21 and the entire Phantom team! For Mom and Dad. Prov. 19:21.
Monsieur Firmin – Craig Bennett
Broadway: The Last Ship (Billy Thompson), A Tale of Two Cities (Jerry Cruncher), South Pacific (Thomas Hassinger), Miss Saigon (Sgt. Schultz). Off-Broadway: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!), Citizen Ruth (NY Fringe Festival). National tour: The Phantom of the Opera (Monsieur Firmin), The Light in the Piazza (Signor Naccarelli), Billy Elliot (Big Davey), Mamma Mia! (Bill Austin), Ragtime (Willie Conklin), Les Misérables (Combeferre). Regional: A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Randy Newman’s Faust (Michael), House of Martin Guerre (Jehannot), all at The Goodman Theater, Chicago. Thanks to Steve and Dale. Love to Sala and Mako.
Monsieur Andre – Laird Mackintosh
Laird Mackintosh returns to Phantom after having played James Wilson in the City Centre Encores revival of 1776. Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (John Utterson), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks). The Stratford Festival: My One and Only (Billy Buck Chandler), Fuente Ovejuna (Leonelo), To Kill a Mockingbird (Boo Radley), South Pacific (Lieutenant Cable), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), Anything Goes (Evelyn Oakleigh), My Fair Lady (Freddy). Other: Private Lives (Victor Prynne), The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul, also Phantom u/s) in Toronto, The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), White Christmas (Phil Davis), Arcadia (Septimus Hodge). www.lairdmackintosh.com and @lairdmackintosh
Carlotta Giudicelli – Raquel Suarez Groen
RAQUEL SUAREZ GROEN (Carlotta Giudicelli) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with Phantom! Off-Broadway: Roxanne Conti, iFigaro (90210)! (Duke Theater); Grand Dame in Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera. Opera: Marzelline, Fidelio (Opera Carolina); Frasquita, Carmen (Opera San Antonio, Venture Opera); Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (Opera on the James); Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi (Opera on the James, DiCapo Opera); Opera Lyra Ottawa; Syracuse Opera. Awards: Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Prize Winner; Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition, Prize Winner. Special thanks to my loving mom and dad, Tara Rubin Casting, Renée Fleming, Joan Lader, Diana and Bernard Uzan and my team at UIA!
Maree Johnson – Madame Giry
MAREE JOHNSON (Madame Giry) is thrilled to be returning to The Phantom of the Opera and making her Broadway debut! Born in Sydney and now living in Manhattan, Maree played Christine Daaé in Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian production. Other Australian credits include Cats (Grizabella), Les Misérables, West Side Story (Maria), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Scrooge (Isabel/Helen), two concert productions of Follies (Young Heidi, Young Sally) and the lead in Sondheim’s You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow at Sydney Opera House. Maree’s U.S. credits include Zorba (The Widow), Passion (Fosca, Barrymore Award nomination) and Myths & Hymns (Emily). As always, love and thanks to Jason, Audra and Helena.
Ubaldo Piangi – Carlton Moe
CARLTON MOE (Ubaldo Piangi). Heralded by The New York Times as an “ardent tenor,” Carlton Moe debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2013. A native of Portland, Oregon, he has performed with such organizations as the Oregon Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Napa Music Festival, Savannah Voice Festival, Opera in Williamsburg, Charlottesville Symphony Society, and the Martina Arroyo Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Portland State University and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he attended on a full scholarship.
Meg Giry – Kara Klein
Kara Klein is thrilled to return to PHANTOM. She also previously spent two and a half years with the national tour. Other Broadway: Billy Elliot (Swing). Encores!: Bye, Bye Birdie. NSMT: Beauty & the Beast. She’s performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for multiple seasons. Film: Mona Lisa Smile. TV: Food Network’s Sweet Genius, CMAs. Graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts. Love and thanks to my family and the loves of my life, Michael and Hannah, for your endless love and support.
Spanish Lady – Lynne Abeles
Ballet Chorus – Dara Adler
Ballet Chorus – Giselle O Alvarez
Swing – Kyle Barisich
Ballet Chorus – Jessica Bishop
Innkeeper’s Wife – Janinah Burnett
Slave Master/Solo Dancer – Nicholas Cunningham
Swing – Andrew Drost
Ballet Chorus – Anjelica Bette Fellini
Swing – David Michael Garry
Ballet Swing – Joelle Gates
Madame Firmin – Kelly Jeanne Grant
Page – Katharine Heaton
Wardrobe Mistress/Confidante – Satomi Hofman
Swing – Amy Justman
Monsieur Lefevre/Fire Chief – Kenneth Kantor
Jeweler – Ted Keegan
Slave Master/Solo Dancer – Kfir
Swing – Gina Lamperella
Ballet Chorus – Courtney Kristen Liu
Swing – Scott Mikita
Swing – Greg Mills
Ballet Chorus – Aubrey Morgan
Dance Cpt/Slave Master/Solo Dancer – Justin Peck
Slave Master/Solo Dancer – Saverio Pescucci
Swing – Patricia Phillips
Joseph Buquet – Richard Poole
Ballet Chorus – Jessica Radetsky
Porter/Fireman – Victor Ryan Robertson
Swing – Janet Saia
Marksman – Paul A Schafer
Ballet Chorus – Carly Blake Sebouhian
Passarino – Jeremy Stolle
Auctioneer/Don Attlilio – Carrington Vilmont
Monsieur Reyer/Hairdresser – Jim Weitzer
Princess – Elizabeth Welch