By Matthew Blank
13 May 2014
Lewis is the first African-American actor to star as the Phantom in the New York production. Tony Award nominee Robert Guillaume succeeded original star Michael Crawford in the Los Angeles production.
The engagement marks Boggess' return to the musical, following her appearance in the 25th Anniversary Broadway cast of Phantom in 2013, as well as the 25th Anniversary production at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Lewis and Boggess previously co-starred in the father-daughter roles of King Triton and Ariel, respectively, in the 2007 Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.
Lewis earned a Tony nomination for Porgy and Bess, and has also been seen in the 25th anniversary concert of Les Misérables, as well as Sondheim on Sondheim, Side Show, The Wild Party, Dessa Rose and Miss Saigon.
Boggess has also been seen on Broadway in Master Class. She starred in the London world premiere of the Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, and the original Las Vegas production of Phantom.
Lewis will perform all eight performances of Phantom each week. Boggess' schedule follows: Week of May 12 (Monday-Saturday evenings), Sara Jean Ford will perform the Thursday and Saturday matinees; beginning May 19 (Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday matinee, Friday evening and Saturday evening), Sarah Jean Ford will perform Monday evenings and Saturday matinees.
For the week of June 9 only, Boggess will perform Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening. Mary Michael Patterson returns as the Christine alternate and will perform on Monday evening and the Thursday matinee.
The Phantom of the Opera is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, has music by Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography are by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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