On Tuesday, May 26, Tim Martin Gleason will return to the U.S. National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and, for the first time, slip behind the mask as the elusive Phantom who lurks beneath the stage of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all its occupants. The international award-winning musical, directed by Harold Prince, is currently at the Music Hall in Kansas City through April 19.
Also featured in the cast areas the young soprano, Christine Daaé; as Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny; as Carlotta Giudicelli; as Monsieur André; as Monsieur Firmin; as Ubaldo Piangi and as Meg. At certain performances, plays the role of Christine.
Chosen by the Creative Team to be Raoul for the record-breaking Broadway performance,has a long history with the show, having first joined the National Tour in 2001. He quickly moved from the Ensemble to Raoul, which he played on tour for three years from March 2002 to May 2005. He joined the Broadway production as Raoul on May 27, 2005, taking a year-long leave (beginning April 2006) to open the new Vegas production as Raoul in the original cast. Following his time in Vegas, he returned to the Broadway Company on September 21, 2007 as Raoul, also covering the role of The Phantom and will play his final performance in New York on April 23, 2009.
With his time in the three Companies, Gleason holds the honor of the longest-running Raoul in North America for a combined total of 7 years and more than 2,600 performances.
Mr. Gleason succeedsin the role of The Phantom. John leaves the coveted role to celebrate the birth of his newborn child with wife and actress, Kathy Voytko.
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