Derrick Davis, seen in the Broadway revival of Carousel as well as the national tour of The Lion King, will return to the title role of the North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera beginning June 6 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Pantages Theatre.
Davis will remain with the restaged production through the final national tour engagement in Toronto, Ontario, slated for January 8-February 2, 2020, at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
The actor will join a cast that currently includes Eva Tavares as Christine Daaé, Jordan Craig as Raoul, Trista Moldovan as Carlotta Giudicelli, David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin, Rob Lindley as Monsieur André, Susan Moniz as Madame Giry, Phumzile Sojola as Ubaldo Piangi, and Sarah Grace Mariani as Meg Giry.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement, “I am thrilled that my new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical has been as spectacular a success as the brilliant original production. Having played across North America to packed houses for over six years, I am delighted that the final city of this current tour will be Toronto at the Princess of Wales—a theatre I have particularly fond memories of as it was specially built by Ed and David Mirvish to house my original Canadian production of Miss Saigon. It is also terrific news that Derrick Davis, who previously lead this tour as the Phantom to critical acclaim, is returning for the final tour engagements.”
Upon its final performance, this tour of Phantom will have performed for over six years, in 85 cities, and the chandelier will have made its iconic fall 2,450 times over the heads of more than 4.5 million people.
Directed by Laurence Connor, The Phantom of the Opera has choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Mackintosh.
With music by Lloyd Webber, the musical also features lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), a book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber, and orchestrations by David Cullen and Lloyd Webber.