Sweden's Peter Jöback (The West End's Miss Saigon), who was in New York on Saturday celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, will play the role of the Phantom in that production for a limited engagement beginning April 29. He will be taking over for current Phantom Hugh Panaro (Lestat), who will return on August 26.
Peter Jöback is a platinum-selling recording artist and one of Scandinavia's most well respected musicians. In 1997, Sir Cameron Mackintosh brought Jöback to London's West End to play Chris in Miss Saigon. His theater work has also won him a Swedish Tony for creating Robert in Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson's (ABBA) Kristina.
The Phantom of the Opera is based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux and features music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and book by Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber. It is directed by Harold Prince, choreographed by Gillian Lynne, and features production design by the late Maria Bjornson, lighting by Andrew Bridge, and sound by Martin Levan. It is the longest-running show on Broadway.
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