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

The music of the night will croon its way into Arts Centre Melbourne from November.
By Sarah Ward
May 25, 2021
By Sarah Ward
May 25, 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 November at the Arts Centre Melbourne, 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 venue's State 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 after it first plays in Sydney. If you're fond of big anniversaries, the show arrives around the time 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 Melbourne 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. Obviously, all of the familiar songs are part of it, such as 'All I Ask of You', 'Masquerade' and the titular number. 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.

When the musical takes to the Arts Centre Melbourne's stage from Sunday, May 14, 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.

The Phantom of the Opera will hit the stage at Art Centre Melbourne's State Theatre from Sunday, November 14. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, July 6 — and to keep an eye out for further details, or to join the waitlist, head to the musical's website.

Top image: Earl Carpenter as The Phantom and Katie Hall as Christine. Photo by Alastair Muir.

Published on May 25, 2021 by Sarah Ward


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