Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera can now welcome Hugh Panaro, Jeremy Hays, and Mary Michael Patterson to its cast. Panaro will play the title role of the Phantom, Hays will play the character Raoul, and Patterson will play Christine. Panaro’s addition was previously announced whereas other cast changes have been recently released.
Panaro is not new to the Phantom of the Opera production. In 1989, he played the role of Raoul for almost 1,000 performances. He was then given the opportunity to take the lead role which he has successfully done in three separate engagements adding up to over 2,000 performances. Panaro will be replacing Peter Joback whose last Broadway performance will be August 24, 2013.
Patterson debuted in the show last month as Christine’s alternate, but now moves into the principal role as the character. Marni Raab, the current Principal Christine will trade positions with Patterson and become the Christine Alternate.
Hays on the other hand will be debuting in his role as Raoul in the musical. He made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Les Miserables and has also starred in productions such as Camelot, Hair, and West Side Story.
Cast members Tim Jerome (Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Ellen Harvey (Madame Giry), Christian Sêbek (Piangi) and Kara Klein (Meg) will all continue their roles in the show.
This year, the show celebrated 25 years in New York where it currently plays at The Majestic Theatre. This makes Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera the longest running show in Broadway history. The tale of romance and despair under the veil of mystery is a classic that audiences cannot seem to stay away from.
Phantom of the Opera is directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Macintosh/Really Useful Group Inc. Show changes are expected to go into effect the week of August 26, 2013.