It’s been a while since I’ve been here and after 19 months I’m finally seeing Ashleigh!!! This show is almost as covered as Jeremy’s first show as the Phantom… (at Her Majesty’s Theatre)
This looks like it’s going to be an amazing show! Enjoy :)
So Operafantomet’s view that Alexander Hanson could play the Phantom was got me all excited…BECAUSE I TOTALLY AGREE!
Turns out he was offered the role, but turned it down:
"He has mixed feelings, however, about being in a West End musical at all. "I studied at Guildhall," he says, "and did the acting course but because I could sing a bit I kept being cast in musicals. At one point I did a year-long tour of Aspects of Love but being out on the road for that length of time broke up our marriage for a while. This led me into a love-hate relationship with musicals. They pay the mortgage but they’d ruptured my life. So, when I was offered The Phantom of the Opera for £1,500 a week, I turned it down. I was still on good terms with Samantha, however, and she told me they were looking for someone to take over as Valentine in Stoppard’s Arcadia. I was on a train to Exeter when I found out auditions were in London the next day. I was stony broke but rushed back to London, walked all the way from Paddington to the Haymarket where I was met by the producer, Michael Codron, with a brown-paper envelope containing my train-fare. I never forget that simple gesture. But doing the Stoppard changed my career, and my life, by getting me back into straight theatre.”
All I can say is I hope he has been/ will be offered the role in the near future, we would live and breath the role. With him being offered the role before, I hope this means he is under serious consideration.
Article here for anyone interested.
I WANT ALEXANDER HANSON AS THE NEW WEST END PHANTOM!
He has the range, the depth, the mystery, the warmth, everything. Been listening to a lot of Stephen Ward songs lately, and I’m so in love with his voice and acting style. And if he’d be anywhere as magnetic as the Phantom as he was on stage in…
This is so weird, I was discussing with a friend last night whether it’d be a possibility and we both agreed we’d love to see it happen!
The fact he has been in two ALW musicals in a row now (JCS and Stephen Ward) makes me think it’s a big possibility! He’s quickly become one of my favourite leading man
I HOPE YOU’RE READING THIS RUG
Official announcement- Phantom of the Opera at the Golden Mask Awards
"Australian actress Anna O’Byrne who has played the role of Christine in both the Phantom of the Opera (numerous productions) and the Australian production & movie of Phantom sequel Love Never Dies will be joined by the West End’s longest running Phantom to date, John Owen-Jones. With nearly 2000 performances under his belt he is no stranger to special Phantom events. He has performed the role at the Royal Variety Performance in London and the 25th Anniversary performances in both London AND New York!
Our German friends over at “Das Phantom Der Oper” in Hamburg have also allowed us to borrow their alternate Phantom David Arnsperger and alternate Christine Lauri Brons for this momentous performance.
Two special guests from the new production of Phantom in Moscow (coming later this year) bring the total to 3 x Phantoms and 3 x Christines, performing together to celebrate the Golden Mask’s special anniversary.”
The Pantages, Toronto, 1989:
Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Caine (Susan Cuthbert), Byron Nease
Gregory Cross, Paul Massel, Lyse Guérin, Kristina Marie Guiget, Peter Cormican, Donna Rubin.
All photos from the 1989 souvenir brochure
(which they kept for several casts, until 1992 or thereabout).
Yes hello my name is Jason Forbach and I try very hard not to condone photographs but it is very hard sometimes when I look hella cute
The amount of loophole-finding and not-condoning-but-not-condemning vagueness that various Broadway and theatre-related sources are engaging in at the moment is possibly one of my favourite things ever.
Phantom fabric porn!