After four weeks of remote auditions, the cast of the first ever Mandarin-language production of The Phantom of the Opera has been selected!
This production is adapted from the 1986 musical with an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, itself based on the 1910 French novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux.
This will not be the first time that Phantom has come to China. In 2004, the original English version of the show premiered at Shanghai Grand Theater. However, this is the first time that the show has ever been performed in the Mandarin language, and the excitement around it is palpable!
The creative team in China, along with partners SMG Live, has chosen the most top-class talent to bring the magic of Phantom to life on stage in, not one, but ten cities across China!
Ayunga (Romeo and Juliet, The Count of Monte Cristo), Liu Lingfei (CATs, Dracula) and highly-accoladed baritone, He Liangchen will each don the mask to play the titular role.
Further cast updates will follow over the next weeks and months before rehearsals begin in Shanghai in March ahead of the show’s grand opening at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in May 2023!
The production will be directed by Rainer Fried, with Denny Berry overlooking the choreography and Kirsten Blodgette on musical supervision. Of the role of the Phantom Fried said that the team is “more than excited” with their choices for what is a “very demanding role, both vocally and dramatically that requires skill, experience and charisma”.
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