After a summer stint in the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera, John Cudia will return to play the title role in the show's national tour, beginning November 14 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. The hit musical will play Tampa until November 22 and begin a six-week holiday engagement at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco on November 26. The tour then continues to Los Angeles, Denver and Kansas City.
Also on November 14, ensemble member Anne Kanengeiser will assume the role of Madame Giry. Featured in the touring company cast are Trista Moldovan as Christine, Greg Mills as Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, Kim Stengel as Carlotta Giudicelli, D.C. Anderson as Monsieur André, Bruce Winant as Monsieur Firmin, John Whitney as Ubaldo Piangi and Jessi Ehrlich as Meg. At certain performances, Kelly Jeanne Grant plays the role of Christine.
Cudia holds the distinction of being the first and only actor to have performed as both The Phantom and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway. He recently played Valjean in the highly successful production of Les Miz at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, where his performance earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination.