Peter Jöback returns to Broadway

By on November 20, 2017
Leon Le

“The Phantom of the Opera” is the farthest ongoing performance in Broadway’s enrich history, and on January 24th, next year, one celebrates an exclusive 30th anniversary. To the great celebration, composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh and legendary director Harold Prince have invited the favorite Peter Jöback to re-enter the lead role as “The Phantom”.

Peter Jöback’s journey as “The Phantom” began in 2011 at the 25th Anniversary of “The Phantom of the Opera” at Royal Albert Hall in London. There he was presented as the next “The Phantom” to take place at “Her Majesty’s Theater” at the West End in London the following year with great success. When he made debut in the title role at the “The Majestic Theater” on Broadway in New York in 2013, he became the first European to hold the role since the original set up 25 years earlier. Now, he returns to Broadway and take as exclusive guest temporarily over from James Barbour, who has played “The Phantom” since 2015. He takes place next to the current main characters played by Ali Ewolt (Christine) and Rodney Ingram (Raoul).

“When these giants wants me to The Phantom’s 30th Anniversary on Broadway, you’re sure to not say no … It’s a huge honor and an honors mission and I’m looking forward to a few weeks on Broadway again!” – Peter Jöback

Only at Broadway’s “The Majestic Theater” has the musical been played for an audience of 18 million people in more than 12500 performances since the premiere in January 1988. The record as the longest running musical on Broadway was hit in 2006 when Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh beat their own previous records held by their musical “Cats”. The success has been as amazing on scenes around the world with an audience of 140 million in 35 countries, 160 cities and translated into fifteen different languages. As early as 2014, “The Phantom of the Opera” became the first stage production in history to reach revenues of 6 trillion dollars, which means that it has passed the most successful films to date, such as, among other things. “Avatar”, “Titanic”, and “Story of the Ring”.

Peter Jöback has a solid career behind him since the debut in Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s “Kristina from Duvemåla”, loved as Swedish voice to the prince of the Disney classic “Aladdin” and with the record for best selling Christmas disc with his classic Christmas album “Jag kommer hem igen till jul”.

He has been known on the international scene since 1997 when (even then) producer Cameron Mackintosh gave him the role of Chris in Miss Saigon and then Michael in the original set of “The Witches of Eastwick” at the West End in London.

During his many years as an artist, Peter Jöback has sold over 1 million discs of which the best selling in Sweden 2006 and 2008. His many musical collaborations include Annika Norlin, Mauro Scocco, Katie Pierson and SIA to name a few. Peter’s short film “La Vie, L’amour, La Mort” was grammis-nominated and he participated in the first season of the thriller series Modus. Earlier this spring, Peter finished the Swedish set of “The Phantom of the Opera” at Circus in Stockholm, where he, in addition to the main role, was also a producer. In the summer he summoned his tribute concept “I Love Musicals” by filling Ullevi in Gothenburg and thereby conducting the world’s largest musical concert.

“The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway – Producer: Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Harold Prince

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music