It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
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Liam Tamne will star as ‘Raoul’, alongside John Ellis as 'Piangi' and Alicia Beck as 'Meg' who are both making their West End debuts. Emmi Christensson will also alternate the role of ‘Christine’ at certain performances.
Continuing their roles in the West End's second-longest running musical are: Gerónimo Rauch as ‘The Phantom’, Harriet Jones as ‘Christine’, Andy Hockley as ‘Monsieur Firmin’; Martin Ball as ‘Monsieur Andre’; Lara Martins as ‘Carlotta’ and Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’.
Liam Tamne is best known from the second series of BBC 1’s ‘The Voice’. His previous theatre credits include 'Les Miserables', 'Hair', 'Hairspray' and 'Wicked'. John Ellis comes to the production having most recently performed the role of ‘Piangi’ in the German production 'Das Phantom Der Oper'. Previous theatre credits include 'Cats' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.
Alicia Beck trained with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and has danced with Ballet Dortmund, Ballet Nice Mediterenee and The Zurich Ballet. Most recently she has played the role of ‘White Cat’ in the UK and European Tour of 'Cats'. Emmi Christensson recently starred in 'Les Miserables' in Norway, along with Scandinavian productions of 'The Sound of Music' and 'West Side Story'.
From 1 September 2014, the full cast of The Phantom of the Opera will be: Zoe Arshamian; Martin Ball; Emma Barr; Alicia Beck; Kieran Brown; Emmi Christensson; Joseph Claus; Scott Davies; Hadrian Delacey; Meshell Dillon; John Ellis; Fiona Finsbury; David Francis; Lyndsey Gardiner; Ryan Goscinski; Philip Griffiths; Layla Harrison; Andy Hockley; Elizabeth Holmes; Daisy Hulbert; Ellen Jackson; Harriet Jones; Tim Laurenti; Lara Martins; Leo Miles; Tim Morgan; Fiona Morley; Jacinta Mulcahy; Richard Munday; Ryan O’Gorman; Joanna O’Hare; Simon Rackley; Gerónimo Rauch; Shena Sanders; Oliver Savile; Danielle Stephens; Liam Tamne; Claire Tilling; Georgina Ware and Lisa-Anne Wood.
The Phantom of the Opera has been playing in London since 1986. It has been seen in 124 cities in 25 countries and played to over 100 million people. Worldwide the show has grossed over £1.7 billion.
The musical is directed by Harold Prince and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux this haunting musical traces the tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young composer shamed by his physical appearance into a shadowy existence beneath the majestic Opera Paris House. The show has won 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the ‘Most Popular Musical Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2002 Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Phantom of the Opera originally opened on 9 October 1986, following previews from 27 Sep. The show is currently booking at the Her Majesty's Theatre until 25 April 2015.