Three Phan­toms unite

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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.

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