John Cudia in
The 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 Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, at the Majestic Theatre, beginning July 27. He will succeed Howard McGillin -- now the world's longest running Phantom with over 2,450 performances -- who will play his final performance July 25.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, the show features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber.

Cudia is currently starring as the Phantom in the show's national tour through May 24, and previously played the part on Broadway for a limited engagement in 2008. He has also played the part of Raoul both on Broadway and in the national tour, earning a National Broadway Touring Award nomination for the latter. He also played the role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, with additional regional credits including Master Class, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, and South Pacific.

The cast also includes Marni Raab (Christine, Jennifer Hope Wills returns June 1), Ryan Silverman (Raoul), George Lee Andrews (Monsieur André), David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Patricia Phillips (Carlotta), Rebecca Judd (Madame Giry), Evan Harrington (Piangi), Heather McFadden (Meg Giry), and Elizabeth Loyacano (Christine at certain performances).

For more information, visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com.