As many of you know, HUGH PANARO plays his final performance on Saturday evening, May 3. NORM LEWIS will debut in the title role one week later on Monday evening, May 12.
The week in between Hugh and Norm (the week of May 5), we’re pleased to announce that our own Laird Mackintosh (current Andre as well as Phantom cover) will be playing The Phantom! Laird had previously covered and played the role in the Toronto production, and has gone on several times here in New York the last few months.
In NY, he’s one of only 32 gentlemen to play the man behind the mask: 13 official Phantoms, 4 limited engagement replacements and an additional 15 gentlemen who have gone on in the role as understudies. Laird will move from the understudy category to the limited engagement replacements. (Norm Lewis will become the 14th official Phantom and 33rd gentleman to play the role on Broadway.)
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The Phantom of the Opera
Hamburg; June 30, 2001
Final performance of the original Hamburg production
Ian Jon Bourg, Colby Thomas, Kyle Gonyea, David Hunerjaeger, Anders Sohlmann, Vera Borisova, Linda Bruske, Marcello Roncietto, Kate Lawrence
One of my all time favorite videos, and one of my all time favorite videos of Ian Jon Bourg as the Phantom. Being the final performance, the cast is on fire and the audience is very very high energy and applauds like crazy during the show. The cast does lots of funny ad-libs as well.
I highly recommend this video just for the sake of Bourg, you will never hear a voice as incredible as his in the role and his acting, physical and emotional performance is just absolutely mind-blowing. He celebrates his 20 year anniversary with Phantom this year :)
The rest of the cast is excellent as well. The video itself is very good quality, far better than the other version of this performance out there, although its a tad shaky. It also includes some stage-dooring footage afterwards, as well as the special encore where Colby Thomas and Bourg sing a duet mashup of Think Of Me/Music of the Night.
Grab this one while you can! :)
Please like/reblog if you download.
I’d love a Martin Smith Phantom audio
(you’re welcome btw)
The Internet somewhere
My boredom and lack of sleep manifests in “Die Unstillbare Gier” spam and that was the best song from Tanz. So yeah. ENJOY IT. Peeps.
Drew Sarich - Die Unstillbare Gier
Tanz Der Vampire, Berlin?; 2011-12
So again, a role that didn’t seem like it would be the best fit for Drew he turns out to NAIL. Excellence.
Thomas Borchert - Die Unstillbare Gier
Tanz Der Vampire, Wien; November 1, 2010
WHOOT, gotta love me some of dat Borchert. I love his voice. Anyway, of course he’s played the role. Very little he hasn’t done.
Mathias Edenborn - Die Unstillbare Gier
Tanz Der Vampire, Germany; 2007
Features a fun little orchestral flub in the beginning. Mathias keeps his cool thru it though. Mathias is OK as Krolock. Still not a fan of his upper register though.
Ethan Freeman - Die Unstillbare Gier
Tanz Der Vampire, Circa 2007?
No clue where or why this was performed, appears to have been some sort of concert version of the show where Ethan Freeman played Krolock! Anyway, he’s awesomesauce.