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Broadway favourite joins Phantom cast  
Anne Runolfsson joins the New York production on 16th November
Anne Runolfsson as Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera c. Joan Marcus

Beginning Tuesday evening, 16th November, Broadway favorite Anne Runolfsson will take over the role of the outrageous opera diva Carlotta Giudicelli in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). Ms. Runolfsson will be the 11th actress to assume the role, succeeding Julie Schmidt, who will play her final performance on Saturday evening, 13th November.

On Broadway, Ms. Runolfsson is best known for having performed the title role in the musical Victor/Victoria over 120 times as the standby for Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli and Raquel Welch. She recreated this role in the national tour, which began in Houston and Seattle. Also on Broadway, she created the role of Roxanne in Cyrano – the Musical (1993 Drama League Honoree), performed the role of Gretta Conroy in James Joyce’s The Dead, played the Factory Girl and understudied the role of Fantine in Les Misérables and appeared in the original cast of Aspects of Love.

National Touring credits include starring in Victor/Victoria and as Fantine in Les Misérables, as well as creating the role of Lily in the first national tour of The Secret Garden. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Listen to My Heart, Rags, Jack’s Holiday, Cather County, A Little Night Music, Showboat and Funny Girl.

She was the featured soloist for The Lord of The Rings Symphonic Suite, and has performed her show So Many Stars: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Anne has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (with Jose Carreras), The Kennedy Center, Town Hall, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The National Theater in Iceland, Rainbow and Stars, The Russian Tea Room, Bay Street Theater, Chicago’s Pump Room, Hollywood’s Cinegrill and The 92nd St. Y.

She’s also performed with The National Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, National Symphony of Canada, Cincinnati Pops, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Utah, Detroit and St. Louis.

In 1998 she was awarded the MAC Award for Best Female Vocalist, and her many recordings include her acclaimed debut solo CD, “At Sea”.

Posted on: 1st October 2004

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