What actors have played "The Phantom of the Opera"?


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As of January 2013, 12 actors have played the lead role in "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway: Steve Barton, Michael Crawford, John Cudia, Davis Gaines, Kevin Gray, Chris Groenendaal, Mark Jacoby, Ted Keegan, Jeff Keller, Brad Little, Marcus Lovett, Gary Mauer, Howard McGillin, Timothy Nolen, Thomas James O'Leary and Hugh Panaro. The most commonly known version of "The Phantom of the Opera" opened on Broadway on January 9, 1988.

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Based on the book, "Le Fantome de l'Opera," written by Gaston Leroux, the Broadway version features music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe and is based on a book penned by Webber and Stilgoe. The original Broadway production garnered seven Tony Awards, including Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Crawford and Best Musical.

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