The musical, presented by Broadway Italia, opened July 4 at the Teatro Stabile del Friuli Venezia Giulia in Trieste, Italy. It will next play Tam Teatro Arcimboldi Milano in Milan, Italy, October 11-22. See the trailer above for a first look.
The new production restages and redesigns some aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber's history-making musical (most notably with the Phantom now riding the chandelier at the end of Act I). Presented in English and directed by Federico Bellone, the production marks the first time The Phantom of the Opera has been staged in Italy. Following its October run in Milan, it will play the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in Monaco December 16-31.
Karimloo has previously played the title role on London's West End and in the British 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He also continued in the role through its sequel, Love Never Dies. Milo, making her professional musical debut, is a recent graduate of Brown University, where she studied musical theatre. She previously appeared onstage as a backup singer on Kristin Chenoweth's tour in 2016, and recently sang alongside Andrea Bocelli.
Karimloo and Milo are joined by Bradley Jaden (Les Misérables) as Raoul, Earl Carpenter as Monsieur André, Ian Mowat (The Phantom of the Opera) as Monsieur Firmin, opera singers Anna Corvino as Carlotta Giudicelli and Gian Luca Pasolini as Ubaldo Piangi, Alice Mistroni as Madame Giry, Zoe Nochi as Meg Giry, Matt Bond as Buquet/Reyer, and Jeremy Rose as Lefevre/Don Attilio with Mark Biocca, Marianna Bonansone, Martina Cenere, Nicola Ciulla, Robert Ediogu, Stefania Fratepietro, Laura Galigani, Luca Gaudiano, Jessica Lorusso, Marta Melchiorre, Antonio Orler, and Margherita Toso.
The Italian production features set design by director Bellone, choreography by Gillian Bruce, lighting design by Valerio Tiberi, and sound design by Roc Mate. Giovanni Maria Lori is the musical supervisor; Julio Awad conducts.
The Phantom of the Opera has music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and a book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber. The original production featured musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, scenic and costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Andrew Bridge, and sound design by Martin Levan with David Caddick as music director. Cameron Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber's The Really Useful Group serve as producers. The late Harold Prince directed.
The Broadway staging of the London-originated show won seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Previews on Broadway began January 9, 1988, with an official opening January 26. The original Broadway cast featured Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Judy Kaye, and the late Steve Barton. The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history January 9, 2006, when it surpassed the nearly 18-year run of Cats. The Broadway production ended its 35-year history-making run in April.