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The Phantom of the Opera returns to Australia.
The Phantom of the Opera

The world’s longest-running musical on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera, will return to Australia this year, starring Anthony Warlow who will reclaim the role which thrilled audiences when it first premiered in Melbourne in 1990.

“We are proud to announce that The Phantom of the Opera will be at The Princess Theatre from 19th July and are confident it will continue its incredible worldwide success,” said Producer Tim McFarlane of The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific. “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece has been seen by more than 80 million people.   Audiences have taken it to their hearts and the production is still a truly magnificent spectacle,” he said.

Anthony Warlow has been widely acclaimed for his defining role as the Phantom. “To have Anthony back in Melbourne reclaiming the role he made his own will be one of theatre’s magic events,” said Producer John Frost of The Gordon/Frost Organisation. “Anthony has been honoured by this country and elected a Living National Treasure. It is fitting that he introduces a new audience to this wonderful love story,” he said.

Joining Anthony Warlow in The Phantom of the Opera will be Ana Marina. Ana is thrilled to be sharing the stage with Anthony as part of the production’s long awaited return to Melbourne.

The Phantom of the Opera has won over 50 major theatre awards including seven Tony Awards and is now the longest running musical on Broadway. It has played in 25 countries in 124 cities around the world and recently celebrated its 20th Birthday in London’s West End. The Phantom last played in Australia between 1990 and 1998, selling over 1.5 million tickets in Melbourne alone.

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano – Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealously, madness and passions collide.

With spectacular sets and more than 230 costumes by international designer, the late Maria Björnson, The Phantom of the Opera contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous music, including “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Music of the Night”.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is based upon the novel Le Fantome De L’Opera by Gaston Leroux. Original London production by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group.

Tickets will go on sale on 26th February through Ticketek Phone 132 849 (or alternatively the dedicated Theatre & Arts line 1300 795 012).

The Phantom of the Opera is presented in Australia by The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific and The Gordon/Frost Organisation.

Posted on: 22nd February 2007

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