Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess will star as the Phantom and Christine in a forthcoming live broadcast of The Phantom of the Opera from Royal Albert Hall. The fully staged production, featuring more than 200 original and current cast members, is being presented to mark the show’s 25th anniversary in London. A four-night run at select U.S. movie theaters begins with the live performance on October 2 at 2:00 PM ET, followed by re-broadcasts on October 5, 6 and 11.
Karimloo and Boggess, who co-starred on the London stage in the Phantom sequel Love Never Dies, will be joined by Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur André, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Wynne Evans as Piangi, together with a cast and orchestra including special guest appearances. No casting for the central role of Raoul has been announced.
Presented by NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision, the Phantom broadcast follows the success of a similar 25th anniversary event for Les Miserables in November 2010. In addition to the U.S., the concert will be broadcast at movie theaters throughout the UK and Europe, as well as Japan and Australia.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s megahit musical opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. Since then, the show has grossed more than $5.6 billion and is currently running in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto. In 2006, it became Broadway’s longest running show.