stlgph
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Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:47 pm

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/98770.html

When it begins performances in June at The Venetian Resort in the Nevada desert, the Andrew Lloyd Webber smashzilla won't be called The Phantom of the Opera, it'll be Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Two words: Oy vey.

That enough right there was enough to do me in. Then I read more of the article.

Broadway stars Brent Barrett (Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago) and Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman) will alternate performances as The Phantom due to the vocal demands of the score — and because 10 shows a week will be presented.

Almost a double yuck. Anthony Crivello *might* be interesting to see, I kind of doubt it, admittedly, but Brent Barrett...spare me and spare the rest of you.
Also, Ted Keegan is in the chorus of the show and I saw him perform the role of Phantom on tour a few years ago. I have a feeling he will be the understudy for the role...and "yuck" on him, too.

Also, the show will be cut from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 95 minutes with no intermission...and no songs will be left out. The London full original cast recording clocks in at about 100 minutes so I guess something along the lines of this could work, but I am wondering how they will be working with clarity and continuity of the show in a shortened version.

Also, this begs the question of..."how will the trick with the chandelier work?"
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RE: Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:34 pm

I'm totally opposed to the idea of Phantom Las Vegas. If people haven't accused Lloyd Webber of selling out before (which they have), they certainly have proof of it now.

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
Ted Keegan is in the chorus of the show and I saw him perform the role of Phantom on tour a few years ago

Ted is a fantastic performer. But to have him in the chorus is quite amazing really. Any idea what actual role he'll be playing?

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
I have a feeling he will be the understudy for the role...and "yuck" on him, too.

What?! Keegan was a great Phantom! A lot better than the current Broadway principle - Mr McGillin.

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RE: Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:12 pm

Oy! Ted Keegan was horrid!

I was right, he is the understudy. As confirmed by Broadway.com

Cast List for The Phantom in Las Vegas

Barrett, Brent - "Phantom"
Batman, Elena Jeanne - "Carlotta"
Boggess, Sierra - "Christine"
Braun, Eric - Stunt Men
Carfrae, Doug - Ensemble / "Lefevre" / "Firmin" U/S
Combs, Courtney - Dancer Swing / Dance Captain
Crivello, Anthony - "Phantom"
Dietrich, Steven - Stunt Men
Dodson, Maureen - Female Swing / "Madame Giry" U/S
Edge, Amanda - Dancer
Ewing, Bruce - Ensemble / "Piangi" U/S / "Reyer" U/S
Gleason, Tim Martin - "Raoul"
Hale, Benjamin - Male Swing / "Raoul" U/S
Hart, Marcia Cope - Ensemble / "Madame Giry" U/S
Hertzenberg, Kristen - Ensemble / "Mirror Bride" / "Christine" U/S
Hood, Steven - Male Swing
Huddleston, Amanda - Ensemble / "Christine" U/S
Jeffries, Geena - "Carlotta"
Keegan, Ted - Ensemble / "Reyer" / "Phantom" U/S
Lackey, Michael - Ensemble / "Auctioneer" / "Phantom" U/S / "Andre" U/S
Lazzaro, Luke - Dancer
Leveque, Patrick - Ensemble / "Porter" / "Marksman"
Loyacano, Elizabeth - "Christine"
Miller, Justin Lee - Ensemble / "Don Attilio" / "Passarino" / "Buquet"
Modrono, Mabel - Dancer
Morbitt, Larry Wayne - "Piangi"
Morgan, Brianne Kelly - "Meg Giry"
Noda, Erina - Dancer
Patriquin, Kevan - Stunt Men
Price, Stephen - Ensemble / "Piangi" U/S
Pryor, Nicole - Ensemble / "Confidante" / "Wardrobe Mistress"
Raun, Rebekah - Dancer / "Meg" U/S
Skala, Lawson - "Firmin"
Smith, Marc Cedric - Ensemble / Cover "Don Attilio", "Passarino" &
"Buquet"
Sobel, Joan - Ensemble / "Madame Firmin" / "Carlotta" U/S
Spencer, Rebecca - "Madame Giry"
Villei, Deana - Dancer
Walker, Jessica - Dancer
White, Danielle - Ensemble / "Carlotta" U/S
Williams, Donald - Dancer
Wolfe, John Leslie - "Andre"
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RE: Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:06 pm

Quoting STLGph (Reply 2):
Gleason, Tim Martin - "Raoul"

Hmmm - interesting.

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RE: Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:14 am

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
the Andrew Lloyd Webber smashzilla won't be called The Phantom of the Opera, it'll be Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular.

The name change is hardly surprising, "Opera" and "Vegas" don't make like likely bedfellows, do they?

For what it's worth, I saw the show in London when it still had Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the cast. tongue 
 
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RE: Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:37 am

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
Broadway stars Brent Barrett (Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago) and Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman) will alternate performances as The Phantom due to the vocal demands of the score — and because 10 shows a week will be presented.

To me, Colm Wilkenson will ALWAYS be *the* phantom.. I've seen several other gentlemen play the role, and never quite so good..

However, some people whom I associate with who are familiar with the play, also say that Colm was too 'fatherly'..

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