2005 News Archive - Hugh-Panaro.Net

Please note that, because of the age of these updates and server/url changes, links on this page may not be current or active.

August 12, 2005

Two pieces of news to start with!

First of all, the debut of this site. Hugh Panaro has - and with good reason - many loyal fans. And it's time he had a fan club of his own. So, after some very amusing conversations on a "Phantom of the Opera" message board, this site...and a devoted little group called the Panarophiles was born!

So, welcome and enjoy your visit. The goal is to make this a very interactive place for his fans to "gather" on-line. If you'd like to contribute pictures or other materials to the site, please feel free to e-mail me!

Second, Hugh Panaro will be leaving his current role as the lead in "The Phantom of the Opera." He's had an amazing run of over two years in this wonderful musical and I really cannot imagine a better Phantom. He will certainly be missed! News of his future projects will be posted here once it's official. But his final show as the Phantom will be at the beginning of October and is certain to be a moving experience.

Thanks for visiting this site and come back often as it evolves!

August 13, 2005

Hughphoria, the message board for Panarophiles.net is now up and running.  It's still quite small and plain, but it will certainly evolve as we add members.

Click here to visit it!

Also, we'll be keeping a fun little list of all the Panarophiles.  If you'd like to join that list, please e-mail!

August 15, 2005

The Fan Art section is now open...if you have a picture to share or would like to see what the talented Panarophiles have done, please visit it!

Fan Artwork

Also, in the first weekend, Panarophiles.net has already had over 500 visitors...many thanks!

August 16, 2005

A new profile of Hugh has been posted here.

It's confirmed that October 1 will indeed by his last day with "The Phantom of the Opera" and that he will be appearing in the new musical, "Lestat."  Details will be posted when available.

August 17, 2005

Wow!  In barely five days, Panarophiles.net has passed 1,000 visitors!

And there are two new drawings in the Fan Art section.

August 18, 2005

A page for Hugh's upcoming project has been added.


August 23, 2005

Well, there's certainly are great deal of news to share.

First of all, I was in NYC with some friends had the chance to see Hugh last evening before and after the Monday performance of "Phantom of the Opera."  He was as lovely to talk to as ever and had some interesting things to say about his future projects.  Stay tuned for more on that!

And the official announcements...and pictures...for "Lestat" are now out!   And, yes, it will be Hugh in the title role!

Lestat Cast Announced!

Here's wishing Hugh and his co-stars all the best with this new show!

Last...but not least...Hugh has seen a print-out of this site and we've now passed 2,000 visits!

August 28, 2005

Wow...after only two weeks on-line, Panarophiles.net has passed 3,000 visits!  Many thanks to all who have visited and, please, come back soon since this site is a work-in-progress.

Also, reminder bracelets...those silicone wrist bands that are so popular these days...are available now.  They are bright green and read Panarophile.  They are $4.00 each (more outside the U.S.) and the money will go to Broadway Barks.  There's only five left, but if you'd like one, please e-mail for ordering details.  Another batch will be ready soon.

September 5, 2005

Less than a month to go now before Hugh's final performance as the Phantom!

So sorry about the lack of updates to the site...there was a little accident that resulted in the destruction of my laptop computer.  Thankfully, things are up and running on a new one and more updates are coming soon. 

Panarophiles.net will be passing 5,000 visits shortly and there are over thirty members of Hugh's unofficial fan club now!  I'm sure he won't mind if I say thank you so much on his behalf.

September 7, 2005

Wow!  In less than a month, Panarophiles has had over 5,000 visitors!  Many thanks to everyone who has stopped by!

Also, Hugh was included in a nice feature that NY1 did on enduring appeal of "The Phantom of the Opera."

Hugh and The Phantom on NY1

September 8, 2005

If you'd like to add a link to Panarophiles.net to your site, Jessica (Green Tea at our Hughphoria message board) has created a lovely banner to use:

September 11, 2005

A few small updates to the sight.  There's a charming new photo of Hugh with his mask on the Phantom page.  Hugh was kind enough to let us see the mask when we spoke to him after the matinee yesterday.

The Panarophile wrist bands mentioned further down this page are sold out, but more will be ordered and a link will be added for them.

There's a few new pictures in the Fan Photos section, too.

September 13, 2005

I quite literally just got off the bus from NYC.  I saw Hugh before the 9/12 show and he asked me to pass along a message.  He said that there is a good chance he will not be doing the 8 p.m. show on September 24.  There is a Lestat press event scheduled for him that day and it may prevent him from doing the evening show.

I have to add that the Phantom performance I just saw was incredible beyond description.  I've said it each time, but Hugh is better with each show...and this performance was flawless, powerful, and amazingly beautiful. 

September 15, 2005

Tickets for the San Francisco premiere of Lestat will go on-sale Sunday, October 30th. The show will run at the Curran Theatre December 17, 2005 through January 29, 2006.

September 17, 2005

Just two weeks to go before Hugh leaves "The Phantom of the Opera" and the dates for "Lestat" on Broadway have been announced.  Please see the "Lestat" page for details as they become available.

September 23, 2005

Due a technical issue...the entire Hughphoria message board was deleted from the servers.  All threads, post counts, and user accounts simply vanished.  I will have the board back up and running at once.  Please...if you were a member...re-register.  I apologize for this...I am not sure what happened, but it was a problem with the servers.

September 26, 2005

Ticket and theatre information for Lestat has been released and the Lestat page here has been updated with that information.

Lest than a week to go before Hugh's final show in The Phantom of the Opera.  The wonderful members of this site are giving him a very special going-away present and will miss his brilliant portrayal of the title character.

September 30, 2005

A special thank-you note from Hugh!

Also, the stress and chaos of his final few days with The Phantom of the Opera is taking its toll on Hugh.  When a friend and I spoke with him last night, he admitted he's getting sick.  Please...send some thoughts, good wishes, and prayers his way.

September 31, 2005

Tomorrow night will be a bittersweet one for those of us who loved Hugh in The Phantom of the Opera.  The evening show will be his final performance.  If you're going and see a group wearing green wrist bands, please say hello to us sad Panarophiles.

Here's Lestat and Hugh's future success!

In the meantime, video has been added to the link below

October 2, 2005

Hugh's final performance as the Phantom was truly an amazing event.  Details will be posted soon.  But, in the meantime, Hugh asked me to say thank you on his behalf to everyone who gave him cards, presents, and flowers.  He was really touched by the show of love and support.  Please click here for new video:

Hugh's thanks and some farewell hugs

(If this links expires...please e-mail and I will re-upload it.  It's not a small file, but it's well worth seeing.)

Panarophiles.net has also passed the 10,000 visit milestone.  Since the site's creation on August 12, 2005, we've had 10,465 visits!

October 3, 2005

If you were at Hugh's final show and have photos you'd like to share, please let me know.

In the meantime, I am compiling a page with some details of that incredible night, including the touching speech from his leading lady, Sandra Joseph.

It's over now, the music of the night

October 8, 2005

Countdown to Lestat!

(Thanks to Jessica for the counter!)

October 10, 2005

The video of Hugh saying goodbye and thank-you after his last show with "The Phantom of the Opera" is now uploaded to the site. 

Click here to watch it.

October 11, 2005

New banners for linking to Panarophiles.net available:

October 12, 2005

The official site for Lestat has an amazing, gorgeous new look!

Today marks the two-month anniversary of Panarophiles.net!  And we've now had over 14,000 visits.  Many thanks to every one who has stopped by this work-in-progress.

News items from this page from August 12 to mid-September have been moved to the Archives.

October 15, 2005

Well, after just two months on-line, Panarophiles.net has reached 15,000 visits.  Wow and thank you to everyone for visiting and supporting this site!  I know Hugh was pretty surprised when we told him we'd reached our first 2,000 back in late August. 

October 26, 2005

As of this evening, Panarophiles.net has passed 18,000 visits!  20,000 is just around the corner.  Oh, and for those of you with American Express cards, Lestat tickets are now on sale for you.

November 1, 2005

A new month and we're even closer to 20,000 visits and a new e-mail address.  The site can now be contacted at paula74@panarophiles.net

November 2, 2005

And we did it!  Panarophiles.net has now passed 20,000 visits!  Many thanks to everyone for visiting and for your support of this project!

November 9, 2005

Well, we're all dying to hear Hugh singing something...anything...from Lestat.  Until the show opens and the cast album is released, here's a little preview to torture us and leave us wanting more.  No, it's not Hugh.  It's two very, very short clips of Sir Elton John singing songs from the show.  "Sail Me Away" will, however, be one of Hugh's numbers.


And, don't forget, tickets for the show on Broadway will be on sale to the general public soon.

Hugh (and his beloved dog, Soot) are mentioned in this lovely article on his Phantom co-star, Anne Ronulfsson.


November 14, 2005

Panarophiles.net is now listed at Starpages.net!  It's the only site for Hugh there now.  If you've enjoyed your visit, please, stop by and vote!

Many thanks!

And, don't forget...tickets for Lestat are now on sale - for San Francisco and for Broadway!


And, if you're in NYC, the signs for Lestat are now up at the Palace Theatre! 

November 22, 2005

We did it!

As of this update, Panarophiles.net has a total of 25,222 visits!  Many thanks for your support!

November 21, 2005

As of this evening, we're closing in on our first 25,000 visits.  It seems like only a few days ago when we'd broken our first 1,000!. 

The Gallery will be expanding a bit soon...hopefully in time for the San Francisco premiere of Lestat.  If you have ANY photos to share, please e-mail me.  Many thanks and, if off-line obligations prevent me from updating much this week, a very Happy Thanksgiving to all.

November 26, 2005

I had a chance to spend time with some friends in NYC yesterday.  Our rendezvous spot was in front of the Palace.  The new signs for Lestat look wonderful. 

I'll post a picture or two soon.  In the meantime, there's a nice article from a 2002 issue of The Sondheim Review about Hugh and Sweeney Todd.   He was Anthony Hope in the Kennedy Center's production of it that year.

Click here to read it.

And Hugh is featured very prominently in "Help Is On The Way," a lovely song on this year's Carols For A Cure album from Broadway Cares. 

Click here to order.

He's also on last year's album, available from the same site.  Don't miss his cute "A Little Ditty."

November 29, 2005

Just in time for the holidays, the Panarophile's Amazon.com Associate Shop is now open with links to Hugh's available recordings.  A percentage of the price will help to keep this site up and expanding.

Click here to shop!

December 7, 2005

Well, here's the first look at the program for Lestat.  The show opens in San Francisco in just over a week now.  This is a pdf file of the 16-age color brochure for the show.

Lestat program

There's also a clip of another song (a demo sung by Elton John) at the official site for the show.  And there's some nice wallpapers and AIM buddy icons available there for download.

Lestat - The Official Site

December 9, 2005

One week to go until Hugh's new show, Lestat makes its world premiere in San Francisco!  All the Panarophiles are wishing him the best!

And there's a new banner on the front page of this site.

December 10, 2005

For all of us who are just dying to see and hear Hugh in his new show, Lestat, American Express Presents Broadway on Yahoo is now featuring a short video clip from a private preview concert held several weeks ago.  Hugh's only on for a few seconds, but he looks and sounds wonderful! 


December 16, 2005

It's just just after ten on the East Coast...which means that the opening night of the San Francisco pre-Broadway premier of Lestat is just a bit over twenty-four hours away.  Lots of love and best wishes go out to Hugh and everyone involved in this exciting new project!

If you're in the San Francisco area and seeing the show or find some press coverage of it, please...feel free to share your thoughts, reviews, articles!

New banners are being added to the site.  Updated pages with banners include The Phantom of the Opera, Recordings, Articles, Gallery, Career Highlights, the biography page, Lestat, the main page, Links, and this one.

December 18, 2005

The first reviews and media coverage of Lestat are slowly coming in now.  I'll be adding material as I get it.  If someone has an extra copy of the show's Playbill or can at least scan Hugh's headshot and bio from it, I'd be eternally thankful to you!  If you've seen the show and want to share your thoughts on Hugh, please stop by the message board.

In the meantime, Hugh is mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle's article on the show, "Taking the first bite."

December 19, 2005

From the Lestat Musical Forum, here's the commercial for Lestat that's been airing on television in the San Francisco area.  (Please right click and choose "Save target as" to conserve that site's bandwith):

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December 20, 2005

They're here!  The first fan photos from the San Francisco stage door!  These will be going in the Fan Photo section soon, but they're so sweet I had to post them here first!

If anyone else has pictures to share, please let me know!

December 21, 2005

A short radio interview with Lestat lyricist, Bernie Taupin, has just been posted at the Lestat Musical Forum.  Please click and listen - there's a short clip of Hugh and the ensemble singing the show's closing number, "From The Dead."


December 22, 2005

The first look at Hugh in costume as Lestat...from a picture posted at Broadway.com

December 23, 2005

Some wonderful, wonderful news!  Roz, creator of Hugh Panaro On-line, had a chance to talk to Hugh in San Francisco after seeing him in Lestat.  Her account of her talk with him and some great pictures with him are included here:


But the best part...because Hugh told a group of us a little bit about this back in August...he's finally going to record a solo album!  Now that is truly something to look forward to!