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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ breaks box office records

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ has become the highest-selling show at Arts Centre Melbourne.

After its record-breaking season at the Sydney Opera House last year and an extended season in Melbourne, this production has audiences flocking to experience one of the most successful and much-loved musicals of all time. The season has been a critical contributor to the ongoing challenge of sector recovery from COVID-19 impacts.

One of Arts Centre Melbourne’s (ACM) premiere Resident Companies, Opera Australia (OA) has, for the first time, partnered with the world’s leading musical theatre producer, Cameron Mackintosh to present this new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, which has clearly resonated with audiences from around Australia.

Opera Australia CEO Fiona Allan congratulated everyone at OA and ACM on reaching such a significant milestone.

“Truly a remarkable achievement by all involved with this spectacular production. It certainly has proven to be a very successful partnership with Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, and we look forward to many more collaborations in the future,” said Ms Allan.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the long-standing relationship between OA and ACM , where together we have once again made a significant contribution to Melbourne’s vibrant arts and cultural calendar.”

Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Officer Karen Quinlan also shared in the celebrations over the partnership.

It has been wonderful working closely with Opera Australia to ensure that such an iconic show was able to be presented in Melbourne for Victorians to enjoy,” said Ms Quinland.

“The live performance sector continues on a road to recovery and seeing large numbers of people back in the theatres for the season is wonderful.’’

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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ has smashed box office records at Arts Centre Melbourne. Photo Credit: Daniel Boud

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ must close on 18 February 2023 with no further extension possible.

The talented Australian cast is led by Josh Piterman in the coveted lead role of the Phantom while Amy Manford takes on the role of the ingénue Christine Daaé and Blake Bowden plays Raoul Vicomte de Chagny.

Australian musical theatre stalwart David Whitney plays Monsieur Firmin, Andy Morton returns to the stage as Monsieur Andrè and soprano Giuseppina Grech plays Carlotta Guidicelli. Madame Giry is played by Jayde Westaby, while classical crossover artist Paul Tabone plays  Ubaldo Piangi, and newcomer Mietta White plays young ballerina Meg Giry.

Joining them is the talented ensemble cast including 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, Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 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.

Directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson®, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable and sound design by Mick Potter, The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This new production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ is directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn and is presented by Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group.

To purchase tickets, visit the official ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ website

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