COLLEGE STATION, March 27, 2013 – Casting for Neil Berg’s The Phantoms of the Opera, which will have its world premiere at Texas A&M University April 4-5, has been finalized and includes several prominent local performers and a chorus featuring 100 Aggies.
The performances in Texas A&M’s Rudder Auditorium will be directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch.
The final casting decisions were announced by Left Field Productions, Berg, Broadway Producer Adam Friedson and MSC OPAS, the Texas A&M organization devoted to scheduling and presenting a variety of musical and other cultural events.
In addition to seven Broadway actors, six local performers, most of whom are Texas A&M graduates, will be featured in the production, along with the 100-member chorus from the Texas A&M choral department.
The local performers in the world premiere are Mark Taylor (Texas A&M Class of 1987), Mandy Kullman (Class of 2002), Stephanie Brown (Class of 2010), Brian Shane, Amy Henss, Joseph Cole, Derrick Lee (Class of 2012) and Topher Vent. Full biographies of each performer, as well as Neil Berg and Marc Kudisch may be read here.
Creator/Producer Berg states, “In our earliest discussions about this project, Anne (Black) and I agreed that we wanted to include local actors, musicians and a huge chorus from Texas A&M. As ‘Phantoms’ started taking shape, we identified parts that would work for local actors. We were very pleased with the level of talent that auditioned for us. We had hard decisions to make.”
Of the 100-plus chorus, OPAS Executive Director Anne Black explains, “David Kipp, director of Choral Activities, has been leading the chorus through rehearsals since early March, working with music director Timothy Splain from New York. I’ve had the opportunity to attend the rehearsals and they are indeed making beautiful music. Expect lots of chills when the chorus and the cast join together!”
Black adds that Berg, at the piano, will perform with an eight-piece on-stage band and narrate the story asking the audience to join the cast in experiencing the finest songs and untold stories behind the great musicals and films inspired by Gaston Leroux's, The Phantom of the Opera.
More than 20 songs will be performed, including “He Will Not Go Without A Friend” (Mozart), “While Floating High Above” (Bizet), “Born With A Monstrous Countenance” (Verdi), “You Are Music” (Yeston and Kopit) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Masquerade,” “All I Ask Of You” and “The Phantom Of The Opera.”
Tickets for the performance range from $31 to $89 and are on sale now at the MSC Box Office.