Before the face covering became a part of everyone’s life during the pandemic, one of popular culture’s most famous mask figures was doing it first. And the fictional character will do it again in Australia – in Sydney from August next year, and then in Melbourne from October.
The Phantom of the Opera was actually due to travel to Sydney from September of this year, then to Melbourne from November; However, the famous musical’s 2021 dates have been postponed due to lockdowns in both cities. Now the production schedule for next year has been confirmed, so get ready for the music of the night to hit both cities.
Beginning at the Sydney Opera House from Friday August 19, then making their way to the State Theater at the Arts Center Melbourne on Sunday October 30, 2022, these new seasons from famed winner Tony will arrive at Down Under after breaking records in the UK – and touring the US for seven years. Australia will become just the third country to witness this interpretation of history, in fact.
Obviously, all the familiar songs are a part of it, such as “All I Ask of You”, “Masquerade” and the titular number. You will also discover the original costumes of Maria BjÃ¶rnson. But, if you’ve seen the show before, expect the chandelier to be a little different.
Australian musical theater artist Josh Piterman is set to play the ghost, having first worn the character’s mask in London before the pandemic. He will be joined by Amy Manford and Blake Bowden as Christine and Raoul, as part of a 65-person cast and orchestra – which will make The Phantom of the Opera one of Australia’s biggest musical productions.
If you need a refresher on the history of the musical, follow soprano Christine DaaÃ© and the masked musical genius who lives under the Paris Opera – and the latter’s obsession with the premiere. Although first transformed into a live musical in the 1980s, it is based on the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux. And yes, you may have seen the 2004 film, which starred Gerard Butler as the ghost.
Opera Australia is also organizing a series of The Phantom of the Opera earlier in 2022, in March in Sydney, as part of its annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbor event.
The Phantom of the Opera will tour Australia in 2022, starting with the Sydney Opera House from Friday, August 19, and then to the State Theater at the Arts Center Melbourne from Sunday, October 30, 2022. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the site of the musical.
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Posted on 01 October 2021 by