Three Phantoms unite
It’s taken 30 years but finally three Phantoms have come together.
One of the world’s most popular musical theatre productions ever, Phantom
of the Opera, celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and is still being performed nightly to capacity crowds at Her Majesty’s in London and around the world.
However every production of the enduring Andrew Lloyd Webber musical only has one Phantom but Regent on Broadway Promotions has attracted three - at the pinnacle of their musical careers - to sing together.
Chris Crowe, Karl Perigo and Tim Beveridge have each starred as the Phantom in either New Zealand or Australia and will be presenting excerpts from the West End classic and other hit Broadway musicals. The Three Phantoms perform on Sunday August 6 at 6pm as part of the Regent Alive August Festival. But no Phantom can be without their Christine and the Regent has engaged Barbara Graham who’s played the demanding female lead in both Auckland and Wellington.
Barbara, who’s been a New Zealand Opera emerging artist, played leading and supporting roles for several New Zealand opera companies, appeared at Circa Theatre and as vocalist with the New Zealand Defence Force in France and Belgium for our 2017 Anzac commemorations, will join The Three Phantoms to showcase the programme of musical theatre. Their selection includes songs from West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, Chess, Fiddler on the Roof, Follies,
Carousel and Les Miserables.
The show, conceived by Bruce Warwick and written and directed by Pat Snoxell, has a strong local flavour. Karl Perigo and Chris Crowe had their musical upbringing in Palmerston North and Roger Buchanan, who, with Vicki Lee, is accompanying the quartet, has arranged the stellar numbers for two, three and four voices. The audience at The
Three Phantoms will experience arrangements never before heard that enhance and enrich the glorious sound of the four voices.
‘‘I’m delighted to put singers of this quality on the Regent stage,’’ Pat Snoxell says. ‘‘They are at the peak of their careers and are performing a selection of music they have loved and always wanted to sing.’’
Of the many highlights Tim Beveridge will sing
Stars from Les Miserable, Chris Crowe will perform
Anthem from Chess, Karl will sing Nessun Dorma from the Puccini opera Turandot while Barbara will demonstrate her versatility with the witty Girl in 14G.
However, the event is more than a showcase for four voices. It’s scripted and will dazzle with visual effects and changes of costume.
Bookings at TicketDirect.
Palmerton North’s Chris Crowe stars in The Three Phantoms.