Friday night I had the privilege of attending the 30 year old Broadway classic The Phantom of the Opera at Portland’s Keller Auditorium with my husband as a guest of Broadway in Portland. I had seen the touring show back in 1990 and was lucky enough to witness the original Phantom Michael Crawford in one of his final performances. This rendition of the play brought back so many memories of that night, and allowed me to make new memories with my husband.
This tour is beautifully performed, starring Quentin Oliver Lee as the title role. His presence onstage is ominous, powerful, quiet when it needs to be – just how The Phantom should be. Eva Tavares as Christine has a timid, childlike appearance compared to Lee’s height and plays her character with the ingenue qualities that Christine was always known for. If you have a chance you should see the performance – The Phantom of the Opera runs through August 5th, 2018 (scroll down for ticket information).
Quentin Oliver Lee has been seen on Broadway in Prince of Broadway as well as the national tour of Porgy and Bess. His regional and opera credits include Festival of The Lion King (Scar), Encores! Golden Apple, La Bohème, Carmen and Gianni Schicchi.
Eva Tavares hails from Vancouver, BC and trained at the UBC Opera Program and the Banff/Citadel Theatre Professional Training Program. Credits include the world premiere of Sousatzka, West Side Story and A Little Night Music.
Jordan Craig has performed at the Houston Grand Opera (Billy Bud, Tosca, Carmen) as well as the Alliance Theater, Geva Theatre Centre, Actor’s Express and Atlantic Lyric Theatre.
Trista Moldovan played the role of ‘Christine Daaé’ in the Brilliant Original Production’s historic 10,000th performance on Broadway. She has also been seen on national tour in White Christmas, Bridges of Madison County and The Phantom of the Opera.
David Benoit’s Broadway and National Tour credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires, Young Frankenstein and All Shook Up.
Rob Lindley is a Jefferson Award winner who has performed in the Chicago productions of Fun Home, The Tempermentals, Funnyman, Candide and more.. He has also been seen at Long Wharf, Asolo Rep, Shakespeare Theatre in DC and directed the off-Broadway and national tour production of 50 Shades!.
Kristie Dale Sanders has been seen on Broadway in Cabaret, Evita, Next Fall, Urinetown and The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Dream of the Burning Boy; Johnny Guitar; A Class Act; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.
Phumzile Sojola has been seen on Broadway in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Lord Pinkleton – original cast) and The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Peter).
Emily Ramirez has performed with BalletMet and the Charlotte Ballet. She has been seen regionally in The Addams Family, Cabaret, Stage Kiss and Rock of Ages.
The Ensemble includes Adam Bashian, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Daniella Dalli, Dan Debenport, Patrick Dunn, Mark Emerson, Jordan Ensign, David Foley, Jr., Emma Grimsley, Siri Howard, Edward Juvier, Jay Lusteck, Adryan Moorefield, Sarah Mossman, Shane Ohmer, Constantine Pappas, Lily Rose Peck, Herb Porter, Carmen Vass, Jessica Wagner, Victor Wallace, Micki Weiner, Marguerite Willbanks and Blake Zelesnikar. The Corps de Ballet includes McKenna Birmingham, Daniela Filippone, Jordan Lombardi, Danielle Reinstein, Ally Taylor Sacks and Tara Sweeney.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of PHANTOM will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production which just celebrated 30 years at the Majestic Theatre.”
Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 30 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 3.7 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again. With the production continuing to be such a success, we are delighted to welcome our exciting new stars to keep the music of the night soaring for many years to come.”
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables that is back on tour across North America after a hugely successful revival on Broadway, directed the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon that played London’s West End, Broadway and begins its national tour in 2018, and also directed the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing on Broadway, in London’s West End, and on North American Tour), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, 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.
Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.
The schedule for the Portland engagement is:
Tuesday, July 31
Wednesday, August 1
- 7:30pm – Open Caption Performance
Thursday, August 2
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
- 2:00pm – ASL Interpreted Performance
Sunday, August 5
Wheelchair seating is available at all performances. For information on ADA seating, please call the Broadway in Portland Box Office 503-417-0573, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Broadway in Portland Box Office in person (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Tickets can be purchased:
or at Portland’5 Box Office: 800-273-1530
U.S. Bank Broadway in Portland is a partnership between Portland Opera and Broadway Across America.
Official show site: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com