The Phantom of the Opera will premiere for Australian audiences for the first time since 2007 later this year.
It’s been announced that a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical will open for a new season at the Sydney Opera House in September.
The show will be produced by Opera Australia and performed by a cast and orchestra of 65, making it one of the largest musical productions in Australian history.
Based on the classic novel, The Phantom of the Opera “tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.”
“He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.”
Audiences can expect to hear iconic songs including The Music of the Night, All I Ask of You and Masquerade.
Aussie musical theatre performer and classical crossover artist Josh Piterman will reprise his coveted role of The Phantom for the Sydney shows, after thrilling audiences in London before the pandemic shut down the UK production.
“Words cannot describe how I feel about being cast in this Sydney Opera House season of The Phantom of the Opera,” he said in a statement.
“The role of The Phantom has truly been a lifelong dream of mine and donning the mask on the West End stage in such a legendary production was magical in every way.
“Experiencing the global effects of the pandemic especially on the theatre industry over the past year has been difficult for so many, which makes it an even bigger honour to now be able to play The Phantom at home, helping to resurrect our industry and bring people back to our theatres” said Josh.
The NSW Government has supported the production with funding through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
The musical is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors to Sydney who will spend close to $6.14 million during their stay.
Tickets for The Phantom of the Opera go on sale in April, with fans encouraged to sign up to the waitlist.