Some new faces (and a familiar one, too) are arriving at the Paris Opera House! Argentinian actor Geronimo Rauch and Broadway alum Sean Palmer will play the Phantom and Raoul, respectively, in the London production of The Phantom of the Opera beginning September 2. Claire Moore, who played the Christine alternate in the show’s original cast, will return to the production as Carlotta, also on September 2. The Phantom of the Opera is currently playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.
In addition to Rauch, Palmer and Moore, additional cast members are set to join the production in September: Martin Ball (Mamma Mia!) as Monsieur Andre, Andy Hockley (Phantom on tour) as Monsier Firmin, Jacinta Mulcahy (Brigadoon) as Madame Giry, Cat Lane (Grease) as Meg Giry and Olivia Brereton (The Light in the Piazza) and Harriet Jones (Cabaret) as Christine alternates. The Phantom of the Opera currently stars Sofia Escobar (West Side Story) as Christine and Jeremy Secomb as Piangi.
Rauch starred in Les Miserables in the West End and in Barcelona, and appeared in the 25th anniversary celebration at the O2 in London. He was featured on the Buenos Aires TV talent show Popstars. His additional theater credits include Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago. Palmer’s Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, The Apple Tree, Saturday Night Fever, Fosse and Dream. His film and TV appearances include Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy, The Reagans and the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago. Moore served as Sarah Brightman’s alternate in the original London cast of Phantom before taking over the role full-time. Her additional West End credits include Miss Saigon, Camelot, The King and I, Les Miserables, London Road and Oliver.