Sierra Boggess will join the Broadway cast of “The Phantom of the Opera” for a limited engagement early next year to celebrate the musical’s 25th anniversary.
Boggess originated the role of Christine in “Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” and she will play Christine Daae in the Broadway production. She will join the Broadway cast on January 21, 2013.
Boggess also played Christine for the 25th anniversary of the London production with a special staging at the Royal Albert Hall in October of last year. She currently is staring as Fantine in the London production of “Les Miserables.” She also has appeared on Broadway in the title role of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and in “Master Class.”
A Special Gala Performance will be held the night of January 26, 2013 to formally celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Broadway production of the musical. Producers are being tight-lipped about the details of the evening, but it will begin with an early 6:30 performance at the Majestic Theatre.
The “Phantom of the Opera” is the longest-running show on Broadway, and earlier this year played it’s 10,000th performance, making it the first Broadway show to do so. The production opened January 26, 1988, though previews began on January 8. That year, the musical won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The production was directed by Harold Prince.
Throughout it’s nearly 25-year run, the production has earned more than $845 million, according to the New York Times. It is still performing well, and had its most lucrative year ever in 2011.
It was recently announced that a U.K. tour of “Love Never Dies” will be staged next year, featuring the Australian version of the musical. Webber has said that the reworked Australian version of the musical was better than the original London version, which opened to poor reviews.