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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)

anonymous asked:

Why is the cast so white? Can we please take a page out of hamilton's book and get some diversity in here?

Sandy Cheeks (Lilli Cooper) / PRINCIPAL:

Ensemble, Pearl Krabs (Emmy Raver-Lampman, CHI)

                                      (Jai’Len Josey, Broadway) / PRINCIPAL:

Ensemble, Sandy Understudy (Vasthy Mompoint):

Ensemble, Karen Plankton (Stephanie Hsu) / PRINCIPAL:

Eugene H. Krabs (Carlos Lopez, CHI) / PRINCIPAL:

Ensemble, Larry the Lobster (Allan K. Washington) / PRINCIPAL:

Ensemble, Perch Perkins (Kelvin Moon Loh) / PRINCIPAL:

Ensemble, Patchy the Pirate (Jon Rua, Broadway) / PRINCIPAL:

Swing (Allysa Shorte, CHI):

Ensemble (Oneika Phillips, Broadway):

Ensemble (Robert Taylor, Jr., Broadway):

Swing (Brynn Williams, Broadway):

Diverse enough for you?