BEN CRAWFORD (The Phantom of the Opera) was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and received a BFA in Music Theatre from The University of Arizona. His Broadway credits include last season’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt), the titular character in Shrek The Musical, Big Fish (Edward Bloom u/s, Don Price), Les Misérables (Javert/Valjean u/s) and On the Twentieth Century (Bruce Granit u/s). Phantom marks Ben’s sixth Broadway show and he is beyond grateful to be able to jump into this iconic role. Ben has also starred in over twenty regional theatre productions ranging from Che in Evita (Studio Tenn), Starbuck in 110 in the Shade (Ford’s Theatre), Luther Billis in South Pacific (Ogunquit Playhouse), Frederick Barrett in Titanic (MUNY) and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (Fox Theatre). Much love and gratitude to Kate, Charlotte, Moses, CGF Talent, the ISO and the Crawford & FitzGibbons clans.
Ali Ewoldt made her Broadway debut in 2006 in Mr. Mackintosh’s first Broadway revival of Les Misérables as Cosette. She joins direct from playing Tuptim in the Chicago Lyric Opera production of The King & I. She also appeared in the original cast of the current Lincoln Center Theater production. Other credits include Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway), Maria in West Side Story (first national tour), Lili in Carnival! (Musicals Tonight) and the national tour of Les Misérables. Born outside of Chicago and raised in Pleasantville, NY, she has a BA in Psychology from Yale University.
KALEY ANN VOORHEES (Christine Daaé at certain performances) is thrilled to be back in Phantom, where she made her Broadway debut as the youngest person to play Christine in the New York production. She comes directly from the original cast of Hal Prince’s Prince of Broadway, after being part of the original Japanese tour. She made her opera debut this winter in New York City Opera’s Candide. Special thanks to Tara Rubin Casting and Harden-Curtis Associates. To my family and the amazing Hal Prince! IG: @kaleyann-voo
JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny). Broadway: On the Town, Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, Hair. Off-Broadway/NY: Fire and Air (CSC), The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater Co.), Candide (NYCO), Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic), The Most Happy Fella (Encores!), Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Working (Drama Desk Award, Prospect Theatre Co.). First national tour: A Chorus Line. Regional: The Last Goodbye (Old Globe); On the Town (Barrington Stage); Newsies; Hello, Dolly!; 42nd Street; Pirates! (MUNY). Concert: Babes in Toyland (Master Voices at Carnegie Hall), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (on iTunes). TV/Film: “Quantico” (ABC), “Law & Order: SVU,” Sex and the City 2. Jay Armstrong Johnson LIVE at Feinstein’s 54 Below is available on CD and iTunes. Voice teacher: Jeremy Aye. @Jay_A_Johnson
Laird Mackintosh returns to Phantom after having played James Wilson in the City Centre Encores revival of 1776. Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (John Utterson), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks). The Stratford Festival: My One and Only (Billy Buck Chandler), Fuente Ovejuna (Leonelo), To Kill a Mockingbird (Boo Radley), South Pacific (Lieutenant Cable), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), Anything Goes (Evelyn Oakleigh), My Fair Lady (Freddy). Other: Private Lives (Victor Prynne), The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul, also Phantom u/s) in Toronto, The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), White Christmas (Phil Davis), Arcadia (Septimus Hodge). www.lairdmackintosh.com and @lairdmackintosh
Broadway: The Last Ship (Billy Thompson), A Tale of Two Cities (Jerry Cruncher), South Pacific (Thomas Hassinger), Miss Saigon (Sgt. Schultz). Off-Broadway: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!), Citizen Ruth (NY Fringe Festival). National tour: The Phantom of the Opera (Monsieur Firmin), The Light in the Piazza (Signor Naccarelli), Billy Elliot (Big Davey), Mamma Mia! (Bill Austin), Ragtime (Willie Conklin), Les Misérables (Combeferre). Regional: A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Randy Newman’s Faust (Michael), House of Martin Guerre (Jehannot), all at The Goodman Theater, Chicago. Thanks to Steve and Dale. Love to Sala and Mako.
RAQUEL SUAREZ GROEN (Carlotta Giudicelli) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with Phantom! Off-Broadway: Roxanne Conti, iFigaro (90210)! (Duke Theater); Grand Dame in Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera. Opera: Marzelline, Fidelio (Opera Carolina); Frasquita, Carmen (Opera San Antonio, Venture Opera); Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (Opera on the James); Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi (Opera on the James, DiCapo Opera); Opera Lyra Ottawa; Syracuse Opera. Awards: Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Prize Winner; Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition, Prize Winner. Special thanks to my loving mom and dad, Tara Rubin Casting, Renée Fleming, Joan Lader, Diana and Bernard Uzan and my team at UIA!
MAREE JOHNSON (Madame Giry) is thrilled to be returning to The Phantom of the Opera and making her Broadway debut! Born in Sydney and now living in Manhattan, Maree played Christine Daaé in Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian production. Other Australian credits include Cats (Grizabella), Les Misérables, West Side Story (Maria), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Scrooge (Isabel/Helen), two concert productions of Follies (Young Heidi, Young Sally) and the lead in Sondheim’s You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow at Sydney Opera House. Maree’s U.S. credits include Zorba (The Widow), Passion (Fosca, Barrymore Award nomination) and Myths & Hymns (Emily). As always, love and thanks to Jason, Audra and Helena.
CARLTON MOE (Ubaldo Piangi). Heralded by The New York Times as an “ardent tenor,” Carlton Moe debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2013. A native of Portland, Oregon, he has performed with such organizations as the Oregon Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Napa Music Festival, Savannah Voice Festival, Opera in Williamsburg, Charlottesville Symphony Society, and the Martina Arroyo Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Portland State University and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he attended on a full scholarship.
JESSICA BISHOP (Ballet Chorus). Broadway/Broadway national tours: West Side Story revival, The Phantom of the Opera (Meg), Evita. Lots of Regional/Off-Broadway credits. Film/TV: Ted 2, “Sondheim: The 80th Birthday Concert” (PBS). Training: American Ballet Theatre Scholar. Favorite role to date is “Mama” to Beau and Hope. 1 Thes. 5:16-18 www.Jessica-Bishop.com
DARA ADLER (Ballet Swing). Phantom national tour; Paul Taylor Dance Company; Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Pennsylvania Ballet; Lincoln Center Festival; Juilliard Opera; Carnegie Hall; Katherine Dunham Documentary Project, Library of Congress. She would like to acknowledge Joe Rubin and Monica Landry for their unyielding support in her professional career and personal evolution.
Broadway debut! Graduated from Miami City Ballet School in 2004 and was awarded Level 1 in Ballet from National Young Arts Foundation. Companies include Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, The Washington Ballet, CityDance Ensemble, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and Intermezzo Dance Company. Endless love to the Alvari! Twitter/Instagram: @gigiqtpi
Polly Baird (Dance Captain/Ballet Swing) has recently appeared in the national tour of An American in Paris and the new Susan Stroman musical Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center. She is thankful to have been a part of the Phantom family for so many years. Thank you Denny, Seth, Craig, David Lai and her wonderful family. @pollyebaird
KYLE BARISICH (Swing) played Raoul in the 25th Anniversary Broadway cast of Phantom opposite Hugh Panaro and Sierra Boggess, and also on the national tour. For two seasons, he co-starred as Hopkins on TV’s “The Following” (FOX). He’s thrilled to rejoin this amazing company. CA Bay Area born and raised. @dialkyle
Broadway: La Bohéme (Mimí). Regional: Three Mo’ Divas (Diva). Metropolitan Opera, Arizona Opera, Spoleto Festival, Michigan Opera Theater, NYCO, Nashville Opera, Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, Theâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin. Film: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer (Featured Singer). Love to Mom always. janinahburnett.com
NICHOLAS CUNNINGHAM (Slave Master/Solo Dancer). Australian born. Broadway: Michael Moore’s The Terms of My Surrender (2017), assoc. choreographer, La Cage aux Folles (2010). West End: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (World Tour 2007, 2014), Movin’ Out. Assoc. choreographer: Pet Shop Boys, World Tour. Film: Nine (dir. Rob Marshall). Theatre: Moulin Rouge, Féerie. Opera: San Francisco Opera, The Trojans.
JASON FORBACH (Swing) is thrilled to return to Phantom after 3 years with the Las Vegas company! Broadway/National Tour: Les Misérables (Enjolras). Off-Broadway: The Music Teacher (New Group). Regional: Shakespeare Theater Center, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, 5th Avenue, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore, TUTS, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Carnegie Hall. Love to Joe.
JOELLE GATES (Ballet Swing) made her Broadway debut as Meg and comes directly from Germany, where she performed with Das Phantom der Oper. She was also part of the national touring and Las Vegas productions of Phantom. Regional credits include West Side Story; On the Town; Chess; and Kiss Me, Kate. BFA, The Juilliard School.
CHRIS GEORGETTI (Porter/Fireman) is proud to be making his Broadway debut with Phantom! MM & BM from Rutgers University. Former “National Anthem” singer for the New Jersey Devils (NHL). All my love to Amanda, my angel of music. @cngmusic28 chrisgeorgetti.wordpress.com
Broadway: Company (Kathy) – 2007 Tony Award, revival. National tours: The Phantom of the Opera (Christine Alternate), Show Boat (Magnolia u/s), Secret Garden. Regional: Cabaret (Sally), Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy), South Pacific (Nellie), Victor/Victoria, Evita, Peter Pan. Commercials: Subway, Food Network, QVC. Thanks Mom, Dad, Tom and Barry Kolker. kellygrant.com
Broadway debut! Tours: Evita first national, Cats 30th Anniversary. Concerts: James Taylor’s One Man Band album/PBS Great Performances, Tanglewood, Boston’s Symphony Hall. National Anthem at Yankee Stadium. Endless thanks to Kristen, Seth, my parents and countless others on the road to The Majestic. www.katharineheaton.com Psalm 28:7
SATOMI HOFMANN (Wardrobe Mistress/Confidante) starred in EFX opposite Phantom originator Michael Crawford and, later, David Cassidy. Credits include Theatre: Mme Giry (Phantom Broadway), Titania (Midsummer…); TV: “Gotham” (FOX), “The Affair” (Showtime), “Family Guy, Live” (Comedy Central); Film: Stuck (Words From Here), Burning Down (Just On Entertainment); Commercial: IBM, SmartWater, Applegate Farms. For Chris, my husband and soulmate.
JOLINA JAVIER (Ballet Chorus). Broadway/NYC: Phantom of the Opera, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nixon in China (Metropolitan Opera), Cinderella (Avery Fisher Hall). Regional: Susan Stroman’s Little Dancer (Nicoline, Kennedy Center), A Chorus Line (Connie, Theater Under the Stars), The King and I (Lyric Opera Chicago), Cabaret (Frenchy, Cincinnati Playhouse). BFA in Dance, SUNY Purchase.
Twelve Broadway productions including Baron Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and revivals of Guys & Dolls, Mame, Brigadoon and …Forum as standby for Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg! Four seasons Principal Artist NYC Opera. National appearances: Oklahoma! (Jud), Peter Pan (Captain Hook), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), Shenandoah (Charlie Anderson).
Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Camelot, Cyrano – The Musical, PHANTOM. National Tours: Camelot, PHANTOM. Orchestral soloist: Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston WV, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Fort Worth Symphonies, Dayton Philharmonic, National Symphony. Ted’s solo CD available on iTunes. Proud member of Actors Equity Association for 20 years. tedkeegan.com
KFIR (Slave Master / Solo Dancer) toured with Phantom for a year. He began his ballet career in Israel, where he was born and raised. Training: ABT. Principal dancer: Alabama Ballet. Guest artist: U.S. and Japan. A singer/songwriter, Kfir’s latest release is the new single and music video “Cheap Thrill.” www.Kfir.com
Courtney Kristen Liu trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and graduated from Duke University. Credits include Queen of the Night, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Cincinnati Ballet, Peridance Ensemble and Swing! with Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Endless thanks to family and friends who have kept me dancing and laughing. Broadway debut dedicated to Mom.
SCOTT MIKITA played Raoul and The Phantom in three other versions of Phantom. Tours: Hal Prince’s Show Boat, Into the Woods, Martin Guerre. Regional: She Loves Me, Company, Christmas Carol (Goodman), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Steppenwolf), Great White Hope, Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You. Northwestern graduate. Love to Hannah and Lily.
Broadway: The Woman in White.
Off-Broadway: After the Ball (Irish Rep).
National tours: Phantom (Raoul), Big (Josh). Vegas: Phantom. Regional: Evita (Che), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Miss Saigon (Chris), Aida (Radames), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Chess (Freddie).
Love and thanks to his family, beautiful wife Bridget and baby boy Connor.
Justin, originally from Vancouver, has performed at The Met Opera, the Tony Awards, The Kennedy Center and in various film and TV productions. Broadway: Movin’ Out (swing), Come Fly Away (original cast, dance captain, Hank) Companies: Alberta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Love to Grandma Lil, Button and Kristina.
SAVERIO PESCUCCI (Slave Master). Italian born. Graduated from La Scala Ballet School in Milan, Italy in 2010. Ballet companies include Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dresden Semperoper Ballet and Finnish National Ballet. Awarded “Young Talent of European Ballet Companies” in Venice, Italy in 2012. Incredibly grateful to make my Broadway debut. Always love for my family.
PATRICIA PHILLIPS (Madame Firmin). Broadway: Kinky Boots, Phantom (Carlotta), La Boheme, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music. New York: Jerry Springer (Carnegie Hall). Film: Everybody’s Fine with Robert DeNiro. TV: “Sweeney Todd (Live from Lincoln Center),” “Tony Awards,” “The Sopranos.” Extensive solo concert work. Finest production to date: son, David Isaac Fienberg. @ThePatriciaPhillips www.PatriciaPhillips.com.
RICHARD POOLE (Joseph Buquet). Broadway and national touring credits include Cats (Gus/Growltiger), Les Miz (Valjean), Evita (Che), Joseph… (Joseph standby), Mame (with Angela Lansbury) and Dreamgirls (original production). Other productions include the European tours of Ken Hill’s The Phantom of the Opera (Phantom) and Hair (Claude). Winner, Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Assassins (Booth).
Studied ballet in northern California, at SAB and the Kirov Academy. She has performed with the Kirov Ballet, Kirov Opera Ballet, S.F. and L.A. Operas and has guested with ballet companies throughout the U.S. In love with eras past, she also performs with The Canarsie Wobblers. Love to Nancy and Peter. Instagram: jessradnyc.
JANET SAIA most recently performed in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Carnegie Hall and as Maxine Faulk in The Night of the Iguana. Touring credits include The Royal National Theatre’s production of Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), Cats (Grizabella), 42nd Street (Lorraine) and Martin Guerre (Catherine). Janet holds a B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory of Music.
PAUL A. SCHAEFER is happy performing his Broadway debut. Other shows: My Life with Albertine (u/s lead) Off-Broadway, Thoroughly Modern Millie (u/s both leads) tour, La Chiusa’s Giant (u/s Bick) in D.C. and the Beast in Beauty & the Beast in Virginia. TV: “Law & Order,” “Guiding Light.” To M&D.
Broadway debut! Other credits: Fiorello! at City Center Encores!; An American In Paris, Mary Poppins, Sweet Charity and the world premiere of The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. Originally from NYC, Carly trained at School of American Ballet and performed with numerous companies in and around NY.
Theater: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Jehan), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy), Carousel (Billy), Camelot (Lionel), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll). TV: “As The World Turns” (Patrick), “Guiding Light” (Marco), “All My Children,” “Rescue Me.” Love to my beautiful wife and family. jeremystolle.com
KATIE TRAVIS (Swing) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! North American Tour: The Phantom of the Opera, Christine Daaé. Regional: The MUNY, Fireside, Liederkrantz Opera. She is a winner of the Lys Symonette Award in the Lotte Lenya Competition. Thanks to her family, friends, The Mine and Tara Rubin Casting.
Phantom national tour; The Foreigner (Maltz Jupiter); Hello! My Baby, Half a Sixpence (Goodspeed); Cabaret (Pittsburgh Public); The Blue Djinn, The Second Tosca (Off Off-Broadway). TV/Film: Ernst in HBO’s “Vinyl,” “Breaking Bad,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Royal Pains,” “The Carrie Diaries,” The Tell-Tale Heart. Graduate of Northwestern University.
Jim played “André” (25th Anniversary) and “Raoul” (Broadway and national tour). New York: Little Women (Mr. Brooke), Jerry Springer—The Opera, Showboat (both at Carnegie Hall). Regional: Cabaret (Cliff), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Once…in New Jersey (Vinnie). Graduate: Northwestern. Agents: Harden Curtis Associates. For Dad—It’s a beautiful day!
Made her Broadway debut in Phantom, and returns after a year in Germany as Christine in Das Phantom der Oper. She also covered Christine on the national tour. Regional: Les Misérables, The Taffetas, Beauty & the Beast, West Side Story. Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, L’Elisir d’Amore.