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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)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose, Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2009. Designed by Jay Colvin

/ «These are the people whom we have to thank for imagining a different universe and making it possible for us to inhabit this present. There was Claudette Colvin, too, who has a wonderful book, Twice Toward Justice. All of you should read it because Claudette Colvin refused to move to the back of the bus before Rosa Parks’s action. Claudette Colvin was also arrested before. You see, we think individualistically, and we assume that only heroic individuals can make history. That is why we like to focus on Dr. Martin Luther King, who was a great man, but in my opinion his greatness resided precisely in the fact that he learned from a collective movement. He transformed in his relationship with that movement. He did not see himself as a single individual who was going to bring freedom to the oppressed masses.» Angela Y. Davis, Political Activism and Protest from the 1960s to the Age of Obama, Speech at Davidson College, February 12, 2013; in Davis, A. Y., Freedom Is a Constant Struggle, Edited by Frank Barat, Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL, 2016, p. 118 /

Brief CT character recap

There’s Angela Phillips: Adorable, cute, and can be a little ditzy. You just want to giver her a big hug.

There’s Donna Noble: Feisty, sassy, funny best friend. You guys could hang out and watch reality TV together

There’s Nellie Bertram: Oozes sex appeal (and also sassy). I’ll let you think about what you want to do with her. ehem.

Then there’s Catherine: She’s all of these things

I just watched the last episode of Wild West and when Mary was giving her little speech at the dinner party, I thought that she was going to make up with Angela and hopefully they’d get back together.

And then PC Allen walked in and squashed all of my hopes and dreams.

BUT…..Angela DID say “here’s to the next 15 years” so I can hope that eventually they’ll get back together. Because I love them!

anonymous asked:

Oh great! I am glad to see i'm not the only person to relate to Angela. I just started watching Wild West and I swear, when I'm older I'll be just like her. I'm glad I'm not alone XD

Oh god so am I. xD I watch it and I’m like, “I have a feeling I’m not supposed to relate to this character but GPOY." I just want to cuddle her all the time because no one in the show seems to understand her anxiety… my bb!