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Published On: Tue, Nov 4th, 2014

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ set to come to Tampa’s Straz Center in December

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group are delighted to announce the casting for their spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA currently on sale for the premiere Tampa engagement.

The Phantom of Opera bannerWith newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, one of the most successful musicals of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. Tickets are now on sale for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, which will play the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Morsani Hall, Dec. 17, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015, as part of the Bank of America Best of Broadway Tampa Bay series.

Chris Mann will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Katie Travis as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Storm Lineberger as ‘Raoul,’ Jacquelynne Fontaine as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli,’ David Benoit as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Edward Staudenmayer as ‘Monsieur André,’ Anne Kanengeiser as ‘Madame Giry,’ Frank Viveros as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’ and Morgan Cowling as ‘Meg Giry.’

The Company performs Masquerade. Photo by Alastair Muir supplied via Straz Center

The Company performs Masquerade. Photo by Alastair Muir supplied via Straz Center

Recording artist Chris Mann had his breakout turn on NBC’s “The Voice”. In 2012, he released his debut solo album “Roads” and followed with his PBS Concert “Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons.” Katie Travis has performed principal roles at The Fireside Theater, Liederkranz Opera Theater, The MUNY (Les Misérables, Cosette) and won the Lys Symonette Award (Lotte Lenya Competition). Storm Lineberger makes his touring debut in Phantom. He has performed at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, New London Barn Playhouse and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Jacquelynne Fontaine’s stage and opera credits include The Student Prince (Kathie, Pittsburgh CLO), A Little Night Music (Charlotte, Indiana Rep), La Traviata (Violetta) and was Miss California 2006. 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. Edward Staudenmayer’s Broadway credits include Wonderland, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Beauty and the Beast (1st National Tour). Anne Kanengeiser has been seen on Broadway in the original companies of Little Women, Ragtime as well as the 3rd National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Frank Viveros originated the roles of Bloat The Blowfish in Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Musical and Iron Chef in Yellow Brick Road. Morgan Cowling appeared in Once We Lived Here (Off-Broadway), Disney’s Wishes (Original Cast) and Australian productions of Guys and Dolls and Seussical.

The Ensemble includes Adam Bashian, Krista Buccellato, Nick Cartell, Dan Debenport, Amy Decker, Mark Emerson, David Foley, Jr., Celia Hottenstein, Christopher M. Howard, Merritt David Janes, Edward Juvier, Ted Keener, Luke Lazzaro, Jay Lusteck, Katie McCreary, Christy Morton, Lindsay O’Neil, Quinto Ott, Eric Ruiz, Allan Snyder and Marguerite Willbanks. The Corps de Ballet includes Christina Dooling, Sarah DeBiase, Anjelica Bette Fellini, Abigail Mentzer, Lily Rose Peck, Alexandra Pernice, Tara Sweeney and Micki Weiner.

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/USTour

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “It’s wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated over 26 years on Broadway. Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “After a glorious celebration of 26 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this dazzling new production of PHANTOM has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics alike in the U.K. and now the U.S. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the PHANTOM in his new guise — for the first time or all over again.”

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