Elements I really liked in the restaged tour 3/???:
Instead of Christine just gazing off into the audience and Meg looking at her like “Girl you crazy…” Christine and Meg do an adorable spin. I actually really like the blocking for this entire scene! I love how Christine comes into a full room of ballerinas who all start chattering and going along on their business. It shows the busyness of the opera! They are dressing, warming up, drinking. It really adds to the texture of the show I feel!
Disclaimer: Besides serving as funny and/or cautionary tales, these do not reflect on my overall opinion of them as actors. Okay, some of them do, but others are my favorites. Nor do these reflect on the opinions of anybody who happens to like these actors.
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)
“…I snatched away
my hand and gave a cry. What I had touched was cold and, at the
same time, bony; and I remembered that his hands smelt of death…”
“I tell you I kissed her just like that, on her forehead…
and she did not draw back her forehead from my lips!
…I tore off my mask so as not to lose one of her
tears…and she did not run away!…And she did not die!…
She remained alive, weeping over me, with me.“
Note, not all of these things are necessarily bad. Just having some fun!
(Non-replica refers to a production where the staging/design/choreography is not the same as London/Broadway etc. Includes: Restaged UK/US Tour, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Finland/Gothenburg, and the 2004 movie)
Final Lair - Derrick Davis, Kaitlyn Davis, Jordan Craig
Derrick Davis, Kaitlyn Davis (no relation), and Jordan Craig perform the ‘Final Lair’ from the restaged tour production of The Phantom of the Opera. 2016. Derrick Davis is the second African-American Phantom to appear in one of the national tours and only the third African-American Phantom in the US.