JAMES BARBOUR (The Phantom of the Opera) has starred on Broadway as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle awards nominations), Czolgosz in Assassins, The Beast in Beauty & the Beast, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre (Drama League nomination). James also appeared on Broadway in Cyrano, opposite Jeremy Irons in Camelot and in the national tour of The Secret Garden. Other recent credits: Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (LA Ovation Award, Best Actor), Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick (U.S. premiere), Daddy Hogan in Anna Nicole (BAM). TV: “The District,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Flashpoint,” “Sex and the City,” “Ed,” “That’s Life,” “Beauty & the Beast in Concert” (CBS), “Great Performances,” “An American Experience,” “A Tale of Two Cities” (PBS). Film: Alchemy, Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, Waiting for Lefty, Twinkle Toes with Sally Kirkland. Recordings: Broadway in Concert, The Gift, Dracula, Tears from Heaven, The Count of Monte Critso, Excalibur, his many cast recordings and two solo CDs, A Gift of Christmas and Bring Me Giants. He hosts TV’s “James Barbour Now” on WITNation.com. His production company, Laughing Dog Media, creates and controls original content for VoiceAmerica.tv’s new Internet TV network. JamesBarbour.com
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.
RACHEL ESKENAZI-GOLD (Christine Daaé at certain performances) is proud to have made her Broadway debut with Phantom! Regional credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Louise in Gypsy and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. She is a recent honors graduate of the University of Michigan’s BFA Musical Theatre program and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. Rachel would like to thank her family, teachers, friends and MT15. Go Blue! www.RachelEG.com @Rachel.EG
Rodney Ingram is elated to join the Phantom cast! He was last seen understudying the title role in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Regional credits include Little Women (Laurie, Theatre Aspen), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric, WPPAC), Kiss Me Kate (Gremio, Gretna Theatre). Huge thanks to Tara Rubin Casting, CAP21 and the entire Phantom team! For Mom and Dad. Prov. 19:21 www.rodneyingram.com
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.
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
Also: Camelot (tour with Robert Goulet), NYGASP at City Center (Mabel, Pirates; Josephine, Pinafore), Beauty and the Beast (Montreal/Las Vegas), DiCapo Opera, Mobile Opera, Missouri Symphony, Skyline Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Totem Pole Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Allenberry Playhouse, Peter Grey Terhune Presents. Original Broadway cast recording: Anna Karenina, and numerous recordings for Hal Leonard Publishing via Aireborn Recordings.
Michele has traveled to over 115 countries performing on luxury cruise ships with her husband, baritone Duane McDevitt, and serves on the musical theatre faculty at NJCU. 2010 Bistro Award winner. Proud AEA member and Mary Kay Consultant.
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.
A four-time Grammy Award recipient, John’s international opera credits include multiple productions with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, ROH Covent Garden, ENO, Teatro Real, Bolshoi and COC Toronto, in addition to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., Seattle, Washington, Houston and Dallas Opera. Soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and ASO at Carnegie Hall, he created the role of Andy Warhol in Glass’ The Perfect American and Larry King in the U.S. premiere of Turnage’s Anna Nicole. Additional opera appearances: Glimmerglass, Ravinia, Spoleto, Saito Kinen, Merida festivals. This marks his Broadway debut. johneasterlin.com
Kara Klein is thrilled to return to PHANTOM. She also previously spent two and a half years with the national tour. Other Broadway: Billy Elliot (Swing). Encores!: Bye, Bye Birdie. NSMT: Beauty & the Beast. She’s performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for multiple seasons. Film: Mona Lisa Smile. TV: Food Network’s Sweet Genius, CMAs. Graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts. Love and thanks to my family and the loves of my life, Michael and Hannah, for your endless love and support.
Broadway debut! Favorite roles: Musetta in La Boheme, Nadina in The Chocolate Soldier (Bard Summerscape), Mary Warren in The Crucible (international opera debut, Szeged, Hungary), Veronique (the Hotel Casablanca). Soloist: Carnegie Hall. Bachelor of Music: University of Miami. Love my family to pieces! mm xx www.lynneabeles.com
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 recently appeared in 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 Berry, Craig Jacobs, David Lai and her wonderful family. @pollyebaird
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
Australian born. Broadway: Slave Master/Soloist Dancer, Phantom of the Opera, Associate Coreogrpaher, La Cage aux Folles (2010). West End: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (World Tour 2007, 2014), Movin’ Out. Associate Coreogrpaher: Pet Shop Boys, World Tour. Film: Nine (directed by Rob Marshall). Theatre: Moulin Rouge, Féerie. Opera: San Francisco Opera, The Trojans
Thrilled to be back at Phantom, Deanna made her Broadway debut as Meg Giry! Kansas City Ballet. NY: On Your Toes. Regional: On Your Toes (Vera), Barrington Stage’s On the Town (Ivy Smith), most recently Alliance Theater’s Broadway-bound Tuck Everlasting (17-year-old Winnie Foster). www.deanna-doyle.com @deanna_doyle
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 starred in EFX opposite Phantom originator Michael Crawford and, later, David Cassidy. Credits include: Theatre: Madame Giry (Phantom Broadway), Titania (Midsummer…); TV: “The Affair” (Showtime), “Family Guy, Live” (Comedy Central); Film: Stuck (Words From Here), Burning Down (Just On Entertainment); Commercial: MegaRed Krill Oil. For Chris, my husband and soulmate.
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
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.
Aubrey Morgan studied with the School of American Ballet, former dancer with NYC Ballet.
Principal dancer: New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, Company C Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco.
Graduate: University of New Orleans (English, Magna cum Laude).
TV: So You Think You Can Dance, Beverly Hills 90210, Fox’s House.
Broadway debut! National tour: Cats (30th Anniversary Company). Regional: 40+ roles at theatres including Goodspeed Opera House, York Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, John W. Engeman Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. NYU-Steinhardt graduate. Endless thanks to KB and SSH. For my family. www.BronsonNorrisMurphy.com @BronsonBiz.
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.
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. 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.
VICTOR RYAN ROBERTSON (Porter/Fireman). Broadway debut! Credits: Luhrmann’s La Bohème (Rodolfo), Ahmanson Theatre, Royal Albert Hall; Three Mo Tenors, Off-Broadway; Porgy and Bess (Sportin Life), Deutsche Opera, ENO; Mandela Trilogy, WNO; Champion (Benny/JR.), WNO; I Dream (Hosea Williams), Kennedy Center. Thanks to my peeps Sharda, Noah and managers Vanessa and Kristen of UIA.
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
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.