The cast is now set for the North American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies - The Phantom Returns" which opens in September in Utica.

“I’ve been sitting on the edge on my seat all day waiting for this announcement," said Derek Clark, Executive Director of Broadway Utica.

Direct from the highly successful production of Love Never Dies in Hamburg, Germany, Gardar Thor Cortes will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Meghan Picerno as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Karen Mason as ‘Madame Giry,’ Sean Thompson as

I’ve been sitting on the edge on my seat all day waiting for this announcement -Derek Clark

‘Raoul,’ Mary Michael Patterson as ‘Meg Giry,’ and Casey Lyons and Jake Heston Miller sharing the role of ‘Gustave.’ The trio of Phantom’s henchmen include Katrina Kemp as ‘Fleck,’ Richard Koons as ‘Squelch,’ Stephen Petrovich as ‘Gangle,’ Gardar Thor Cortes is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Cast members will be arriving in Utica next week to begin setup and rehearsal for the show which will play at the historic Stanley Theatre on September 22-24. "We are thrilled, honored and extremely proud to be hosting this phenomenal cast and teching this beautiful show in Utica over the next 4 weeks,” said Clark.

Lead actors in Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns. (Submitted photo - Broadway Utica)
Lead actors Gardar Thor Cortes and Meghan Picerno in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns. (Submitted photo - Broadway Utica)

The ensemble includes Chelsey Arce, Erin Chupinsky, Diana DiMarzio, Tyler Donahue, Yesy Garcia, Alyssa Giannetti, Michael Gillis, Tamar Greene, Natalia Lepore Hagan, Lauren Lukacek, Alyssa McAnany, Rachel Anne Moore, Bronson Norris Murphy, Dave Schoonover, Adam Soniak, Kelly Swint, Lucas John Thompson, Correy West, Arthur Wise and Borris York.

Since its premiere in 2010, Love Never Dies has enjoyed productions worldwide in London, Australia, Denmark, Japan and Germany, as well as multiple recordings including a concept album and a London cast recording. A DVD release of the Australian production has delighted fans globally, and now the North American tour brings the musical to the US for the first time.  “I hope all of Utica and the greater Mohawk Valley is as proud as we are and sharing in this historical moment," added Clark.  “This production will create many local jobs within Utica and it will infuse hundreds of thousands of dollars in to the city and an energy we all love to see and feel… this is pretty special moment,” he added.

For ticket information visit Broadway Utica's website, purchase tickets online or call 315-724-7196.

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