As The Phantom of the Opera heads into its incredible 34th year in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh have announced that Australian singer and performer Josh Piterman will make his West End debut as The Phantom from 9 September 2019, with Britt Lenting as Carlotta Giudicelli and Richard Woodford as Monsieur André. Do you feel the music of the night calling you back to Her Majesty’s Theatre?
Continuing in the show will be Kelly Mathieson as Christine Daaé, Ross Dawes as Monsieur Firmin, Jacinta Mulcahy as Madame Giry, Paul Ettore Tabone as Ubaldo Piangi, Georgia Ware as Meg Giry and Scott Davies as the standby Phantom. Danny Whitehead will now play Raoul, Bridget Costello will now play the alternate Christine Daaé.
The cast is completed by Zoe Arshamian, Matthew Barrow, James Butcher, Grace Castle, Sophie Caton, Sophie Cottrill, Corinne Cowling, Hadrian Delacey, Morven Douglas, Paul Erbs, Philip Griffiths, Katy Hanna, Ellen Jackson, Adam Robert Lewis, Kris Manuel, Tim Morgan, Danielle Pullum, Rebecca Ridout, Eleanor Sanderson-Nash, Anna Shircliff, Alistair So, John Stacey, Manon Taris, Andrei Teodor Iliescu, Ben Tyler, Claire Tilling, Victoria Ward and Simon Whitaker.
The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart, and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux. The musical is currently showing in London, New York, Prague and Sao Paulo, as well as on tour in the US and Asia. A UK tour opens at Curve, Leicester on 24 February 2020.
Josh Piterman is an established Australian musical theatre performer and classical crossover artist. As a singer he was part of the international pop opera group, The Ten Tenors and in 2018 released his self-titled debut solo album which went to Number 1 in the Australian Classical Crossover iTunes chart. His musical theatre credits include Tony in West Side Story; Jamie in The Last Five Years; Edward in Blood Brothers; and Gerry Goffin in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, all in his native Australia. He also played Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger in the Australian 2016 season of Cats, a role for which he won the Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Piterman’s UK theatre credits include playing Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray. Playing The Phantom will mark his West End debut.
Britt Lenting makes her West End debut as Carlotta Giudicelli. Her previous theatre credits include Lead Vocalist in the UK tour of Pasha Kovalev’s The Magic of Hollywood; Killer Queen in We Will Rock You; Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde and Prudy Pingleton in Hairspray. Lenting has also been seen on television in the Dutch shows Beat The Best and The Voice of Holland and in the UK on BBC1’s All Together Now.
Richard Woodford’s West End theatre credits include Galileo and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Grantaire/Factory Foreman in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre; and Electra and Rusty in Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Woodford also appeared in the 25th Anniversary Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, and as Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones in the Asian tour of Cats, and Greaseball and Electra in Starlight Express in Bochum.