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    Hugh returns to Phantom

    Post  Paula on Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:23 pm

    As of September 7, Hugh will return to "The Phantom of The Opera" in the title role.

    http://www.broadway.com/shows/the-phantom-of-the-opera/buzz/153294/hugh-panaro-and-sara-jean-ford-to-assume-leads-in-broadways-the-phantom-of-the-opera/


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    Post  broadwaysweetie on Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:55 pm

    GAH!!!! I screamed when I saw this!!! ...my mom who I was on the phone with was NOT happy about the screaming but got excited when I told her what I was screaming about XD We saw Hugh when we was in Les Miserables in Philly (after we waiting since Lestat closed [and I saw u/s Drew Sarich in Hugh's role XD]) and she's now also a fan. She said I may be going to see him, since his Phantom is my FAVORITE, for my 19th birthday in early October XD

    Anyone know how long he'll be in it? Or is it open ended as of now?
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    Post  Cape Twirl on Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:40 pm

    This makes me incredibly happy. Smile
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    Post  MajaksMom on Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:08 pm

    Yay! This is such good news Very Happy
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    Post  Mme Reyer on Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:48 pm

    So excited about this news!! Very Happy
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    Post  Cape Twirl on Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:50 pm

    And is this a new headshot? Cause I love it! (Finally it's something other than the one taken for the Barbara tour or the rose one!)

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    Post  Paula on Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:31 pm

    Definitely a new photo...and I love it.

    The news has made for a crazy, crazy day...so many messages and e-mails.


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    Post  DreamOctober on Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:59 pm

    I'm in love with the new headshot, seriously. And Hugh being back in Phantom makes me want to run back to NYC as soon as I possibly can. I'm so extremely excited. Very Happy!
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    Post  Paula on Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:33 pm

    I'll be adding this to the site tomorrow morning, but I'm terribly glad to finally have a clear copy of this video of Hugh being interviewed about Phantom.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMV-XYi-RX8

    I remember that video from 2005...it was the first time I'd see Hugh Panaro as himself and not in character and I remember thinking he seemed like a sweet guy. Rolling Eyes

    And a screencap from it was the very first picture on the original front page of the site when it launched that August. Rolling Eyes


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    Re: Hugh returns to Phantom

    Post  Paula on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:41 am

    Props to RUG for updating the new cast lists on the official Phantom site:

    http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/new_york/meet_the_people/cast/hugh_panaro2010.php


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    Re: Hugh returns to Phantom

    Post  DreamOctober on Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:48 pm

    here's to wishing Hugh many broken legs tonight for his first show back! cheers (And Sarah Jean Ford as well!)
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    Post  Paula on Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:55 am

    A really terrific interview at Broadway.com

    http://www.broadway.com/shows/the-phantom-of-the-opera/buzz/153457/masked-man-hugh-panaro-on-his-20-year-history-in-the-phantom-of-the-opera/


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    Post  Cape Twirl on Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:13 pm

    A fan sent me a pirated tape of my last performance, and I listened to myself pretty objectively.
    Laughing

    You know, when I first saw Next to Normal Off-Broadway one of my first thoughts was that Hugh would be a perfect actor to play the husband opposite Alice Ripley.
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    Post  Paula on Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:47 pm

    Cape Twirl wrote:
    A fan sent me a pirated tape of my last performance, and I listened to myself pretty objectively.
    Laughing

    You know, when I first saw Next to Normal Off-Broadway one of my first thoughts was that Hugh would be a perfect actor to play the husband opposite Alice Ripley.

    I sort of thought of Hugh for the husband role back when I first heard about that show...around the time he did Artspeak. But he'd just announced he was going back to Seattle for Sunday In The Park so it was just a passing thought.

    I cannot wait to hear all the details from tonight's performance...and I know BWW is doing photos, too.


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    Post  Cape Twirl on Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:11 am

    Hugh says Hi! There were several professional photographers there tonight so be on the lookout for photos of the curtain call & after party.

    Hugh was (as Seth would say) ah-mahzing! Best MOTN I have *ever* heard. He *really* sexed it up, his voice going almost guttural at times. Very seductive. This was also the first time he's performed with the new sound system, so that added to how incredible it sounded. *Loved* Sarah Jean Ford! What a beautiful voice! Everyone in the cast & crew are so lovely, they had a nice welcome back party for the both of them, very sweet.

    This was the first time I'd properly seen the show in quite a long time! The last time I saw Phantom was Howard's last and that was from standing room. Before that was the tour in SF, from the very last row of the Mezz. It was awesome to be right back in it again, front row center (right behind the conductor!), to experience Hugh's triumphant return.



    (Unbeknownst to me, the battery in my camera had run out as I hadn't used it in a month, but luckily my new cell phone has a good camera.)
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    Post  DreamOctober on Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:50 pm

    I'm in love with QUITE a few of the pictures on all the sites--particularly broadway.com and broadwayworld. I hope I can get down to NYC within the next while--but it's likely not to be until the new year with the rest of my theatre program, provided it's still happening.
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    Post  Mme Reyer on Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:25 am

    I have a few extra Playbills from Hugh's first night back as Phantom. If you want one, contact me at br3whit@bellsouth.net
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    Re: Hugh returns to Phantom

    Post  Paula on Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:00 pm

    The new Phantom production photos are now on the site here:

    http://www.hugh-panaro.net/Phantom2010.htm

    The PR people also gave me the chance to be the first to post an exclusive MOTN photo...and it's one of my favorites from the set. The hi-res version is on the News page under the September 27 update.

    Cool


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    Post  DreamOctober on Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:16 pm

    I'm in LOVE. with those shots. I love the blues they've taken to highlighting in the background, it brings out the actors so much more. Great photos--thanks for sharing paula!!!

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    Re: Hugh returns to Phantom

    Post  Heather on Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:05 pm

    Does anyone know if Hugh will be in town and most likely performing in Phantom between October 7 and 9th? I'll be in New York and have been wanting to hear him again since I saw Phantom with him in 2004.

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