The Phantom of the Opera was scheduled to open this September.
Opera Australia has announced the forced postponement of the highly-anticipated production of The Phantom of the Opera.
The Sydney season of the musical was scheduled to run from September 3 to October 29, 2021 and the Melbourne season was set to run from November 14, 2021 to January 30, 2022.
Both seasons have now been postponed to 2022 given the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and restrictions imposed by both NSW and Victorial governments.
Artistic director Lyndon Terracini said, “After making box office history at the Opera House, it was clear that Australians were very excited about this new production of the world’s most successful musical, and we’d brought together a fantastic cast of Australian performers, it’s heartbreaking to have to postpone.”
“Rest assured we are working hard to secure dates for 2022 in both venues, that we’ll announce as soon as we can. We encourage all those who are able, to hold onto their tickets for next year,” he added.
For musical lovers, Phantom of the Opera is essential viewing. Marking almost 35 years since it opened in London’s West End, it has today become the musical all musicals are measured against. The long-awaited musical is now set to make a roaring entry in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland stage next year.
Josh Piterman will star as the Phantom, Amy Manford will portray the role of Christine Daaé and Vicomte de Chagny will be played by celebrated musical theatre star Blake Bowden.
Laurence Connor will be at the helm as director, Scott Ambler will take on choreography, Paul Brown will be in charge of set design.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, the plot revolves around a disfigured musical genius who hides in the Paris Opera House, terrorising all who step into its hallways. He falls madly in love with Christine, a beautiful young soprano and devotes himself to nurturing her musical abilities. The Phantom of the Opera in Australia is produced by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group and Opera Australia.
The musical is primed to be one of the largest stage productions in Australia with a cast of over 65 performers, spectacular stage design and unforgettable special effects.
Opera Australia is encouraging ticket holders to keep their tickets for 2022. All affected ticket holders will be contacted when new dates are announced.