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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)

dazedclarity  asked:

The more I see big-name nerd-culture Youtubers turning out to be total racists and misogynists, the more thankful I am that I was a TGWTG/Channel Awesome baby (devoted fan since 2008, age 12). It's not like no one on the site has ever been problematic, but my adolescence was influenced by people like you, Lindsay, and even Doug, who doesn't always get everything right (social issues are not his *strongest* suit) but he's at least made conscious effort to improve some things over the years.

Thank you for the very kind words!  ^_^

Being a fangirl is never easy
  • Me: Oh my God this fanfiction is amazing! I love it so much! The story is original, well written, it's about my OPT and it's a slow burn! I can wait to read the next chapter!
  • Fanfiction: Last update : 12/08/2008
  • Me: No... Please no! I need to know how it ends! They didn't even kiss yet! You can't do this to me! * cry of frustration *

anonymous asked:

can you tell me more about the fake snake goddesses? i adore minoan culture and is never heard that before

Sure! There’s a whole book by Lapatin on it: https://www.amazon.ca/Mysteries-Snake-Goddess-Forging-History/dp/0306813289

Here is the story about the Snake Goddess from the Royal Ontario Museum: https://www.iiconservation.org/node/4600

Here is an article from the Spectator about the one in Boston: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2008/12/ancient-and-modern-120/#

The story is, in short, that in the early twentieth century amidst the excavations of the Minoan world by Sir Arthur Evans, a number of these statuets were sold to museums at somewhat discounted, although still extraordinarily high, prices. These figurines had no documented context (aka: they didn’t know where they were found), and their excavation history was non-existent. Recent studies have shown that they were likely fabrications, invented to make money by people associated with the excavation. 

Hope that helps!

Every time I go out there [in the garden at Friar Park], I think he’ll just pop out from behind a shrub, like he used to.
—  Olivia Harrison on her late husband, George, and gardening, Daily Mail, 12 May 2008

Walking in the Rain, 12/14/2008, pencil, watercolor, acrylic wash on gray charcoal paper, approx. 12 x 9 inches

It was just one of those splashing around little things I made one night while watching “Dr. Zhivago”…mark making…sometimes it’s these little ones that stick with me more than the big ones that I struggled with for days and days…

The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft arrives at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Oct. 10, 2008 for launch Oct. 12 to carry NASA astronaut Michael Fincke, Expedition 18 commander; 

via Wikipedia.


Aaron Dingle in every episode » 05.12.2008

I know I’ve let you down in the past, but I swear… Aaron, I swear I’m not going anywhere now!
Yeah, well, I am.
Yeah, you act the big man in front of everyone, don’t you? But I saw how much you were hurting! Now, I don’t expect us to patch thing up straight away, but what I can give you is somewhere safe, and where you will be cared for. If you haven’t got that, then what have you got?