John Cudia in
The Phantom of the Opera
(© Joan Marcus)
John Cudia in
The Phantom of the Opera
(© Joan Marcus)
Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running hit The Phantom of the Opera, will close temporarily following the Saturday evening performance on August 23 in order to install a new state-of-the-art sound system. The production will reopen on Thursday, August 28.

Designed by Olivier Award winner Mick Potter, the $750,000 new surround sound system will consist of over six miles of cable, 155 speakers placed throughout the auditorium, and a digital sound desk that will make the 28-member orchestra and 36 strong cast sound more powerful and clear than ever before. The digital system will up the number of microphones used in the show from 58 to 76 and The Phantom himself will have 3 dedicated microphones.

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 Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The musical currently stars John Cudia in the title role with Jennifer Hope Wills as Christine and Tim Martin Gleason as Raoul. Howard McGillin will return to the role of the Phantom on July 28.

For more information, visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com.