Phantom of the Opera in Melbourne November 2021, tickets on sale July
Melbourne receives yet another hit show: The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, will return in November.
The announcement of a summer season for the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber classic follows the news Hamilton will open next March. With red Mill making its Australian premiere at the Regent in August, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continuing to sell in the upper part of town, the town has rarely seen a fuller slate of high-end commercial theaters.
Ghost opens Nov. 14 at the Arts Center Melbourne, two weeks after closing at the Sydney Opera House where it is booked for a two-month run.
Webber’s Opera Australia and The Really Useful Group co-production is Australia’s first look at a new staging by producer Cameron Mackintosh, which premiered in the UK in 2012 and then toured the US.
It retains the original music, lyrics and costume design, but adds innovations in lighting, stage design, special effects and sound to the story of the masked figure that lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera and falls in love with an aspiring soprano, Christine.
Josh Piterman from Melbourne, who played the title role in London’s West End for six months in 2019 and 20 before the pandemic ended, will reprise it in his hometown.
“I would be happy to play this role anywhere because it is the most thrilling, complex, exciting and fulfilling role I have ever had in my life,” said Piterman.
“But playing it in my hometown that I love so much and being part of the first wave of musical theater to come back to Melbourne is so much to me. The people of Melbourne love this spectacle.