For Black History Month: black principals in “Phantom of the Opera”
Phantom: Robert Guillaume, Los Angeles (1990-91)
Phantom: Norm Lewis, Broadway (2014-15)
Carlotta: Patricia Phillips, Toronto & Broadway (1993, 2003-04, 2006, 2008-09)
Carlotta: Angela M. Caesar, Restaged UK Tour (2012-13)
Carlotta: Danielle White, Las Vegas (principal 2008, 2006-12)
Christine: Lana English, Johannesburg and Pretoria (2004)
Raoul: Jordan Donica, Broadway (2016-17)
Piangi: Thabiso Masemene, World Tour (2011-16)
Piangi: John Whitney, US Tour (2001, 2004-10)
Piangi: Marcus Desando, World Tour (2004-05)
Phantom: Derrick Davis, Restaged US Tour (2016-17)
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)
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was how he’d pictured his honeymoon with Aaron, but Robert had made his bed, so
to speak, and the most important thing was making sure that his family was okay.
If they stopped being his family once they knew truth, he wanted them to be
happy, healthy and safe first.
inner struggle aside, Robert never thought he’d be escorting his mother in law
back to their hotel because she was drunk off her ass, on his honeymoon.
he warned, when she went to step out into the traffic without looking first.
stopped and tilted her head observing Robert. “You know, Robert Sugden, you’re
not half as bad as you think you are,” she said, before letting out a god awful,
and extremely unladylike, burp.
given up on trying to know what to expect from her by this point, but still her
words shocked the hell out of him.
you mean, I’m not half as bad as you think I am?” Robert replied, trying not to
that too my lovely,” Chas said, patting Robert once on the cheek, all gentle
like before slapping him twice hard. “I’m still mad at you.”
know. If I could take it back I would, I never wanted to cause Aaron pain,”
Robert said, suddenly feeling less than jovial.
let out a snort of, what Robert assumed was, disgust.
hurt me too Robert Sugden. I can see why he loves you and I know you love him.
I just forgot you were an idiot and that pissed me off. I didn’t like that you
let me down. I was rooting for you,” Chas said, stumbling against Robert.
an arm around her and safely guided her into their hotel, then into the lift.