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July 18, 2012

The Phantom of the Opera - Extended in the Philippines

The Phantom of The Opera is the longest-running musical on Broadway, and is in its 26th year in London’s West End. Acclaimed as the world’s most successful musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece has been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide. Audiences in The Philippines will be able to experience this legendary musical for the first time from August 25.
In announcing the season extension, Producer James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, said “It is an enormous privilege to bring The Phantom of The Opera to The Philippines for its premiere. I have always believed that audiences here will embrace this unforgettable show and love it as much as I do, so I am delighted to see such a strong demand for tickets, and to be able to offer 16 more performances.”


With 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects and more than 230 costumes by international designer, the late Maria Björnson, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA delivers a world class production.

“This touring production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is as fine as any version you might see in the West End or on Broadway—it is the same superb design, and we invest a great deal to ensure it is of the highest standards.” said Tim McFarlane, Managing Director of The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific.

Presented in Manila by Smart Infinity and Citibank in cooperation with Philippine Airlines as the official carrier, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano –Christine- the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.

Joining the international cast and orchestra are some of Manila’s talented local musicians who have been specially selected by Guy Simpson, the Musical Director during auditions conducted in Manila earlier this year. Alongside these Filipino musicians is the talented Filipino tenor, Dondi Ong, who will be the role of Piangi in some performances. Mr. Ong has trained at the UP College of Music gaining a degree in Music, majoring in Voice. He graduated as Magna Cum Laude and the class valedictorian. As a performer, he has played lead and prominent roles in various Filipino plays, zarzuelas and musicals and has travelled to the US, Europe and Japan to perform for foreign audiences.

For ticket inquiries, please call Ticketword at (63 2) 891-9999.

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