Beginning this September, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Broadway’s longest-running show of all time, will welcome three principal cast changes.
John Riddle (Frozen, The Visit) and Bradley Dean (Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music, Spamalot), two Broadway favorites, are beginning their roles as Raoul and Monsieur André, respectively, on Wednesday, September 11.
John Riddle will be making his PHANTOM debut as Raoul, the dashing vicomte vying for the heart of the innocent soprano, Christine. He most recently originated the role of Hans in Disney’s Frozen and previously made his Broadway debut as Young Anton in The Visit. Other credits include Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods at Town Hall, The Secret Garden in Concert at Lincoln Center and the National Tour of Evita. Mr. Riddle is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, hails from Ohio and resides in New York City.
Bradley Dean will also be making his PHANTOM debut as Monsieur André, one of the two managers of the Opéra Populaire. He most recently starred as Falco in Bat Out of Hell at City Center. Broadway credits include Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, Sir Galahad in Spamalot, Larry Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen, The Last Ship, Company, Doctor Zhivago, Evita, Jane Eyre and Man of La Mancha. He also appeared at City Center Encores! as Dr. Jafar in A New Brain and Giuseppe in The Most Happy Fella. He’s toured Europe as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and worldwide in the title role of Jekyll and Hyde. Mr., Dean is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, hails from Pennsylvania and resides in New York City.
On October 14, Meghan Picerno will make her Broadway debut as Christine Daaé, the innocent young soprano who becomes the object of the Phantom’s obsession. Meghan Picerno is no stranger to this enchanting role. Hailed by The New York Times for her “bright-voiced” and “attractive” soprano, she is currently thrilling audiences worldwide as Christine in the new World Tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and has originated the role of Christine in the North American premiere of Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She also previously worked with PHANTOM director Harold Prince as Cunegonde in his new production of Candide at the New York City Opera, reprising her acclaimed performance in venues from San Francisco to Barcelona. Her opera credits include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and across the country as Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Picerno has a Master of Music degree in Voice from Manhattan School of Music, hails from Chicago, and resides in New York City. She is now the twenty-second actress to be cast as the Principal Christine.
Continuing in their roles are Ben Crawford as The Phantom, Craig Bennet as Monsieur Firmin, Raquel Suarez Groen as Carlotta, Maree Johnson as Madame Giry, Carlton Moe as Piangi and Kelsey Connolly as Meg Giry. At certain performances Eryn LeCroy plays the role of Christine.