Baldwin Wallace Selected as One of Six Pre-Release Pilot Productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Legendary Musical
The Baldwin Wallace University production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA played to sold out audiences during November 2007.  More than 6,000 patrons saw the musical during its 12-performance run (November 6-18). The lavish show utilized a cast of more than 50, a 35-piece orchestra and a production staff of nearly 100 students, all of whom worked long hours to make the production a success.

R&H Theatricals, a division of  The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, selected Baldwin Wallace as one of six pilot productions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in anticipation of its eventual release into the community, regional and school theatrical market.

“While there are no plans at this time to release PHANTOM to the stock and amateur market,” said Charlie Scatamacchia, vice president for R&H Theatricals, “we want to be fully prepared for when that great day arrives. What we learn from the production at Baldwin Wallace University and five other sites we’ve chosen will help us with the process of bringing the longest running musical in Broadway history to theaters across the country.”

Working from the very same script and score that is being enacted every night on Broadway, in London’s West End and on US national tour, the production here at Baldwin Wallace University, along with the five other pilot productions, provided R&H Theatricals with the roadmap for future local stagings of PHANTOM across  America.

Victoria Bussert, who heads the Baldwin Wallace music theatre program, directed the BW production with musical direction by Stuart Raleigh, choreography by Janiece Kelley-Kiteley, sets by Jeff Herrmann and costumes by Charlotte Yetman.

THREE CHRISTINES!  Pictured below left are Emily Leonard (left) and Libby Servais (right) who shared the role of Christine Daaé in the BW production of  PHANTOM.  Rebecca Pitcher '94 (center), played Christine on Broadway and on tour for eight years. BREAk A LEG!  Below right: Emily Leonard as Christine, Phil Carroll as the Phantom and David Gregory as Raoul, one of two casts who alternated performances. The other cast included, Libby Servais as Christine, Javar Parker as the Phantom and Paul Rawlings as Raoul.








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