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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-Winning Musical 'The Phantom of the Opera' Is Coming to Sydney

The music of the night will croon its way into the Sydney Opera House from September.
By Sarah Ward
March 18, 2021
By Sarah Ward
March 18, 2021

Before donning a face covering became a regular part of life for everyone during the pandemic, one of the most famous mask-wearing figures in popular culture was doing it first. And, the fictional character will be doing so again in September at the Sydney Opera House, with the venue set to play host to The Phantom of the Opera.

Yes, the music of the night will soon be crooning its way into the Joan Sutherland Theatre, thanks to a new season of the acclaimed Tony-winner. It's being staged by Opera Australia, who is bringing Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit to the city. If you're fond of big anniversaries, the show will kick off just a month before the popular musical will mark 35 years since it first opened in London's West End back in 1986.

The current production of The Phantom of the Opera comes to Sydney after breaking records in the UK and touring the US for seven years, with Australia becoming just the third country to witness its take on the tale. Yes, all of the familiar songs are part of it, such as 'All I Ask of You', 'Masquerade' and the titular number (obviously). You'll also be lapping up Maria Björnson's original costumes, too. But, if you've seen the show before, expect the chandelier to look a little different.

Exactly when in September the musical will premiere hasn't been revealed, but Australian musical theatre performer Josh Piterman will be playing the Phantom, after first wearing the character's mask in London pre-pandemic. He'll be joined by a cast and orchestra of 65 people, which'll make The Phantom of the Opera one of the largest musical productions in Australia.

If you need a refresher on the musical's story, it follows soprano Christine Daaé and the masked musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House — and the latter's obsession with the former. Although first turned into a stage musical in the 80s, it's based on Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel. And yes, you might've seen the 2004 movie, which starred Gerard Butler as the Phantom.

Earl Carpenter and Katie Hall in The Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Alastair Muir

The Phantom of the Opera will hit the stage at the Sydney Opera House's Joan Sutherland Theatre in September 2021, with exact dates yet to be announced. Tickets will go on sale in April — to keep an eye out for further details, or to join the waitlist, head to the musical's website.

Top image: John Owen-Jones as the Phantom and Katie Hall as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera — UK Tour. Photo: Michael Le Poer Trench.

Published on March 18, 2021 by Sarah Ward
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