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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)

Saw The Witch last night, and I haven’t had a movie hit me that hard in a while. It wasn’t overly scary, but the feeling of dread that permeated it was completely unsettling, and the attention to detail (not to mention the early colonial English!) was astonishing. I made a quick poster for it today while I had it rolling around in my brain.

signs with footballers they would get along with
  • aries: Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Karim Benzema
  • taurus: Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marc Bartra
  • gemini: Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Maria
  • cancer: Phillip Lahm, Fernando Torres, Olivier Giroud
  • leo: Alexis Sanchez, Manuel Neuer, Xabi Alonso
  • virgo: Cesc Fabregas, Erik Durm, Toni Kroos
  • libra: Sergio Agüero, Mario Gotze, Lukas Podolski
  • scorpio: Messi, Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba
  • sagittarius: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sergio Ramos, Antoine Griezmann
  • capricorn: Thiago Silva, Thomas Müller, Iker Casillas
  • aquarius: Marco Reus, Mesut Özil, Javier Mascherano
  • pisces: Wayne Rooney, James Rodriguez, Andre Schürrle