NCM Presents The Phantom of the Opera—The Complete Story

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Mon, 05/14/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera makes its cinematic return on May 21 with a special encore presentation of Lloyd Webber’s long-awaited continuation Love Never Dies on May 23. Presented by NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision The Phantom of the Opera—The Complete Story will be broadcast to nearly 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011 with an exclusive in-theater event in October The Phantom of the Opera pre-recorded event is a fully-staged lavish production set in the Victorian splendor of the Royal Albert Hall with more than 200 original and current cast members paying special tribute to “the music of the night.” Love Never Dies a fully staged production pre-recorded at The Regent Theatre in Melbourne Australia made its first U.S. appearance in select movie theaters in February. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall event was broadcast to hundreds of U.S. theaters – many selling out – last October. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine.’ They are joined by Barry James as Monsieur Firmin Gareth Snook as Monsieur André Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Wynne Evans as Piangi together with a cast and orchestra of more than 200 including special guest appearances.

 The Phantom of the Opera has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people winning more than 50 major theatre awards including seven Tony and three Olivier Awards in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre and is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra.

Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies features a 21-piece orchestra and a cast of 36 including actors Ben Lewis as The Phantom and Anna O’Byrne as Christine. The cinematic production directed by Brett Sullivan brings audiences into a world of passion obsession and romance. The captivating love story of the Phantom and Christine continues in New York’s playground Coney Island where the Phantom begins a new life in New York amongst the freaks and sideshows. In an effort to win back his love the Phantom lures Christine and her family to this new sparkling unknown world. “For the first time ever The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies fans will have the chance to experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brilliant musicals as a complete story ” said Shelly Maxwell executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Except for attending these events in their local movie theaters these fans may never get this rare opportunity again.”