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For Black History Month: black principals in “Phantom of the Opera”

  1. Phantom: Robert Guillaume, Los Angeles (1990-91)
  2. Phantom: Norm Lewis, Broadway (2014-15)
  3. Carlotta: Patricia Phillips, Toronto & Broadway (1993, 2003-04, 2006, 2008-09)
  4. Carlotta: Angela M. Caesar, Restaged UK Tour (2012-13)
  5. Carlotta: Danielle White, Las Vegas (principal 2008, 2006-12)
  6. Christine: Lana English, Johannesburg and Pretoria (2004)
  7. Raoul: Jordan Donica, Broadway (2016-17)
  8. Piangi: Thabiso Masemene, World Tour (2011-16)
  9. Piangi: John Whitney, US Tour (2001, 2004-10)
  10. Piangi: Marcus Desando, World Tour (2004-05)
  11. Phantom: Derrick Davis, Restaged US Tour (2016-17)
  12. Phantom: Nicholas Nkuna, Johannesburg and Cape Town (2011-12)

(some comments: for many South Africans the term “coloured” is preferred if there’s different heritage involved, and Lana English would be considered coloured. But in the US and UK that is considered slur and usually avoided online. Just be aware of the distinction. Read more about that here.

Also, there’s been so many wonderful understudies that I did not get to list here, especially for the role of Carlotta, but also for Piangi, Meg Giry and Madame Giry. Only understudy on the list is Nicholas Nkuna, as he played the Phantom. The others are not forgotten, only left out because of Tumblr’s photo limit)


Submission: Here is Ramin Karimloo as Raoul in the Final Lair.
I’m sure it’s Katie Knight-Adam as Christine and John Owen Jones as the Phantom. I could be wrong? It’s 2003 London production of Phantom of the Opera cast.

My comment: The first photo is actually Oliver Thornton, with Rachel Barrell and JOJ. It’s been circulating the web as Ramin Karimloo for some 10 years now, so I don’t blame the confusion on your part. But Ramin Karimloo never played opposite Rachel Barrell, which effectively rules him out :) 

The second one, however, is indeed JOJ, KKA and Ramin K, from the 2003-04 stage footage filmed for the 2004 movie. 


Anyone who followes the Bundesliga will know that the team closest to Kloppo’s heart - FSV Mainz 05 find themselves in a relegation battle, after a terrible run of results. 

Things have got so serious that 2 of their Ultras fans travelled to Liverpool last week to see Kloppo. 

They came to get a banner from him. This banner hung at their old stadium - Stadion am Bruchweg in 2003/04, the season they finally made it to the Bundesliga for the first time in their 99 year history.  They gave it to Kloppo when he left in 2008 after 18 years at the club. So now it’s going back on loan with the Mainz fans.  🇩🇪


Good or bad, here’s some creative “Phantom of the Opera” promo posters and slogans focusing on the Phantom and/or Christine rather than the logo mask.

  1. “15 haunting years” (Broadway 2003)
  2. "Tonight belongs to…” (Broadway and US Tour 2008)
  3. “Romantic legends live forever” (Toronto 1994)
  4. “Danke Hamburg!” (Hamburg 2015)
  5. “Surrender to the music of the night” (West End 2003/04)
  6. “Phantom: Be seduced” (Las Vegas 2006-12)
  7. “Be seduced” (West End 2016)
  8. “London’s most haunting love story” (West End 2007)
  9. “London’s most haunting love story” (West End 200?)

To my knowledge, poster number 2, 4 and 6 used random models instead of actual leads, while the other feature people who’s played the role.

Leslie Cheung | 2003/04/01 - 2017/04/01

“ Có một loài chim không chân, chỉ bay và bay không bao giờ đậu. Khi mệt sẽ tựa vào cơn gió. Chỉ một lần duy nhất trong đời đáp xuống mặt đất, chính là lúc lìa khỏi thế gian ”

“ Hắn có một tuổi thơ không hạnh phúc, vì thế mà hắn nghĩ rằng cả cuộc đời mình chẳng thể mang lại hạnh phúc cho ai, thậm chí còn sợ hãi hạnh phúc “

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc


  • Scan from: ScreenFun_04_2003
  • Platform: Mac, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation Network (PS3), PC
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Developer: Ubisoft Paris Studios, Ubisoft Shanghai Studios, Ubisoft Montreal Studios
  • Publisher: Feral Interactive, Ubisoft Entertainment

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