The Phantom Of The Opera

Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman & Andrew Lloyd Webber (Photo: Mario Ruiz/Getty Images)

Sydmonton Festival

Phantom’s first act was initially performed at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival in 1985, with Colm Wilkinson in the title role. He was already committed to playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables so didn’t open the show in the West End. Wilkinson later headlined the Toronto production of Phantom.


Worldwide Hit

Phantom has played in 15 different languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Castilian, Hungarian, Dutch, Korean, Portuguese, Mexican Spanish, Estonian and Russian.


James Barbour, Broadway’s current Phantom (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Dressing Room Rituals

The Phantom’s make-up takes 2 hours to put on and 30 minutes to remove.


Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera in 2014 (Photo: Matthew Murphy)


Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice, along with 10 fog and smoke machines.

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