John Cudia inThe Phantom of the Opera
(© Joan Marcus)
John Cudia in
The Phantom of the Opera
(© Joan Marcus)
John Cudia will take over the title role in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera on May 22. He replaces Howard McGillin, who is expected to return to the production on July 28, after filming All Good Things with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst.

Cudia has played the roles of the Phantom and Raoul previously, both on Broadway and in the show's national tour. His other credits include Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, as well as Master Class, Jesus Christ Superstar, and South Pacific.

The show's cast as of May 22 will also include Jennifer Hope Wills (Christine), Tim Martin Gleason (Raoul), George Lee Andrews (Monsieur Andre), David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Patricia Phillips (Carlotta), Rebecca Judd (Madame Giry), Evan Harrington (Piangi), Heather McFadden (Meg Giry), and Elizabeth Loycano (Christine alternate).