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Maury Yeston raves about WBT and Phantom
Stay tuned for our full interview with Mr. Yeston... in the mean time, see what he's saying about the show and WBT!
On the production: "I think the current production is absolutely splendid. It's the best one they've had yet. With the combination of their design, use of hydraulics, and use of space, there's a fluidity and theatricality to it that's really unparalleled.
The cast is just extraordinary. Aaron Ramey and Kate Rockwell are just extraordinary. They're top notch and both have huge careers ahead of them. This production could go into a small Broadway house tomorrow. I'm really proud..."
On Westchester Broadway Theatre: "Westchester Broadway Theatre is one of the great jewels in the crown of American Theatre. They draw upon world class talent from New York and locally. They draw brilliant directors and have a tradition of starting brilliant young people who can say they got their start at Westchester Broadway Theatre. They're one of the first ones, and one of the best in the world. And, I've traveled all over the world. They're right up there with the top: Chicago, Boston, Houston, Silicon Valley...The Westchester community should be extremely honored to have them."
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Hersam Acorn: Brilliant production of Phantom
By FRAN SIKORSKI
By now, most theatergoers are aware there are two musical productions of the 1911 Gaston Leroux novel, The Phantom of the Opera, the Andrew Lloyd Webber version continuing on Broadway for 20 years and the Arthur Kopit-Maury Yeston Phantom, an outstanding commercial success at theaters throughout the United States.
The Kopit-Yeston Phantom has a powerful story and includes an emotional explanation of how the Phantom, given the name Erik in this version, was disfigured and exiled himself to the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. Phantom was eventually produced in 1991 in regional theaters and has remained a success ever since.
|Now in its third production, a spectacular one, at the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford, N.Y., through Nov. 25, the Arthur Kopit-Maury Yeston Phantom will be in hiatus while A Christmas Carol plays during the holiday season, resuming Dec. 27 to Feb. 9.
The last time Phantom played at Westchester Broadway Theatre, the run was extended for nine months. Don’t be surprised if this happens again with the new leads, Aaron Ramey as the Phantom, and Kate Rockwell, a runner-up in the Grease You’re the One I Want television show, as Christine Daee. James Van Treuren returns as Gerard Carriere, the Phantom’s guardian, and Sandy Rosenberg is the jealous opera diva Carlotta. All voices are outstanding. Full Story Phantom: The American Musical Sensation (1992 Studio Cast)