Bravi, bravi, bravissimi! Cooper Grodin will don the mask in the new national touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, replacing previously announced title star Mark Campbell. Grodin will begin performances January 9 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, IL. Campbell, who began performances November 27, has departed the production for personal reasons. Grodin will appear alongside Julia Udine as Christine Daae and Ben Jacoby as Raoul.
Grodin appeared in the national tour of Les Miserables. His additional credits include Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater and The Golden Land. He released his debut album “It’s the Little Things” in 2012.
Following a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production features a new set and staging. Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera originally premiered in 1986 in the West End. The musical has been playing at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre since 1988.
In addition to Grodin, Udine and Jacoby, Phantom stars Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta, Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin, Edward Staudenmayer as Monsieur Andre, Linda Balgord as Madame Giry, Frank Viveros as Piangi and Hannah Florence as Meg Giry.