2010 News from hugh-panaro.net

January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

This is the final week of Oliver! at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre.  Don't miss the last chance to see Hugh's critically praised performance as Fagin.

January 10, 2010

Oliver! plays its final performance at the Walnut Street Theatre tonight (and several more opening night have been added to the Oliver! page).

Hugh's next performance will be Broadway Rocks with Capathia Jenkins, Anne Runolfsson and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the end of January.  Please check the Schedule page for all of his upcoming shows.

January 15, 2010

A video clip of Sunday's final curtain call has been posted to the Oliver! and Multimedia pages.

January 27, 2010

A photo of Hugh with Daniel Levine, David Armstrong, and Kendra Kassebaum at the opening night after-party for the 5th Avenue Theatre's 2006 production of Company has been added to the Candids page of the Gallery.

Also, don't forget that this Friday and Saturday, Hugh will be singing in the Broadway Rocks concert with Anne Runolfsson, Capathia Jenkin, Darius DeHass, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.


After that, it's the annual Tarbell Awards concert in Costa Mesa on February 11.


February 15, 2010

Another concert date has been added to the Schedule page - Best of Broadway featuring Hugh Panaro, Capathia Jenkins, and Christian Noll with the Moravian Symphony at the International Music Festival Český Krumlov.

Festival Krumlov    

February 17, 2010

Tonight through February 21, Hugh Panaro will join Ashley Brown, Tony DeSare, James T. Lane, and Natasha Williams for From Ragtime To Ritzes, a tribute to Irving Berlin with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.


February 19, 2010

Best wishes to Hugh for a very Happy Birthday from everyone at HPN!

February 21, 2010

Two more performances of the Irving Berlin tribute, From Ragtime To Ritzes, have been added to the Schedule.  The dates and locations are May 21 through 23 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and November 11 through 14 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

February 27, 2010

Hugh will appear with the San Diego Symphony for Bravo Broadway Rocks on August 6 and 7.  Performing with him will be Rob Evan, Capathia Jenkins and former Phantom of The Opera costar, Anne Runolfsson.

San Diego Symphony

Also, the 1998 concept album, Poe:  A Musical Biography, has been added to the list of Hugh's recordings here.

And, this week, Hugh's Facebook page added its 1,000th fan!  If you haven't become a fan on Facebook already, please consider doing so!

Hugh Panaro - Facebook Fan Page

March 5, 2010

For musical theatre fans in the Port Washington, New York area - on Saturday, March, Hugh will be joining Ben Crawford, Nikki Renee Daniels, Felicia Finley, and Elena Shaddow for An Evening of Broadway's Best sponsored byThe Sisterhood of The Community Synagogue.  Tickets are available by phone, $55 for general admission and $75 for premium admission.  At the door, tickets are $55 for general admission and $80 for premium.  Premium tickets include a post-performance dessert reception.  For more information or tickets, call 516-883-3144.


March 7, 2010

A photo of Hugh with Jennifer Bozinovski's mother, Louise, taken after last night's An Evening of Broadway's Best has been added to the site.

March 21, 2010

A reminder that Hugh will join Rachel York, Rob Evan and conductor Albert-George Schram for Bravo Broadway Rocks with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium this Saturday, March 27.  For tickets, please call 614-228-8600 or see the Symphony's site.


March 28, 2010

"Panaro, who has played the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera more than 1,000 times, was a real revelation. He had a loud, piercing voice that sounded triumphant on This is the Moment and indignant on Gethsemane (from Jesus Christ Superstar)."

Click the link below for a full review of last night's Broadway Rocks concert from The Columbus Dispatch.

Rockin Broadway Given Singers' Best

Hugh's next performance will be with the Flagstaff Symphony for an evening of Broadway songs and light opera on April 9.  Susan Egan was originally scheduled to perform with him, but Jodi Benson will be taking her place.  Hugh and Jodi will be joined by special guest Kresley Figueroa.  For tickets and full details, please see the Symphony's site.


April 4, 2010

Today's Arizona Daily Sun has a profile of Kresley Fugueroa, the young woman who will be performing with Hugh, Jodi Benson, and the Flagstaff Symphony this coming Friday.


April 14, 2010

Thanks to Marianne for sharing a backstage photo with Hugh from Flagstaff.

Also, Hugh's next performance is this Friday - Broadway Goes To The Movies with Anne Runolfsson and the Cleveland Pops at Severance Hall.


April 16, 2010

Hugh Panaro will be performing at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's 2010 "Perfectly Marvelous" Gala,  on May 1.  For details, please see the Milwaukee Rep's site.


April 17, 2010

From Cleveland.com's review of last night's Broadway Goes To The Movie's concert with Anne Runolfsson and the Cleveland Pops.

But Panaro and Runolfsson slipped into each song as if they’d inhabited these pieces for decades....In several cases, this was true. Panaro performed the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera” more than 1,000 times, and his experience showed in his impassioned account of "Music of The Night."

Click here to read the full review at cleveland.com

April 20, 2010

This weekend, Hugh will join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as Lt. Cable in a concert performance of the classic musical South Pacific.

rpo.org - Broadway Actors Join RPO_to Bring Concert Version of South Pacific to Kodak Hall

Looking ahead to next year, Hugh will join Ashley Brown, Tony DeSare, and Natasha Williams for another performance of the popular Irving Berlin - From Ragtime to Ritzes, this time with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic on April 1-2, 2011.


In the meantime, don't miss the upcoming performances of From Ragtime to Ritzes in Ottawa and Baltimore this May.

National Arts Centre (Ottawa)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Also, Hugh will join Anne Runolfsson and Virginia Woodruff for Broadway Rocks with the Modesto Symphony this June 4.


April 23, 2010

Thanks to Kira for the post-show photo from Cleveland.  As always, if you have any pictures to share, please send us an e-mail - we'd be glad to include them in our Fan Photo pages.

Also, due to some recent changes at YouTube, some embedded videos throughout this site may not be displaying at the moment.  That issue will be corrected soon!

April 26, 2010

Be sure to check out the following article profiling Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS volunteer and a co-admin of this site.

Broadway Cares - Volunteer Spotlight - Bonnie Kavett

Thanks to Bethany for this picture - it's been added to the Fan Photo pages.

Also, Hugh will join Susan Egan, Capathia Jenkins, and Doug LaBrecque for Broadway Rocks - From Phantom to Dreamgirls with the Colorado Symphony on May 7.


May 13, 2010

Tonight is the first performance of Irving Berlin - From Ragtime to Ritzes featuring Hugh Panaro, Ashely Brown, Tony DeSare, and Natasha Williams at Ottawa's National Arts Centre.  The show runs through May 15.

National Arts Centre (Ottawa)

You can also catch the show in Baltimore from May 21 through 23.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

May 15, 2010

The embedded code issue with YouTube has been corrected.  All clips on the Video pages should now appear properly.

May 21, 2010

Tonight begins Irving Berlin - From Ragtime to Ritzes with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, again featuring Hugh with Ashley Brown, Natasha Williams, and Tony DeSare.  The show runs through Sunday.  Tickets are available still, but very limited.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Also, a photo of Hugh with members of the Otterbein Vocal Ensemble from earlier this spring in Cleveland has been added to the Candids page of the Gallery.

May 23, 2010

Hugh backstage in Baltimore with two of his Irving Berlin - From Ragtime to Ritzes costars, Natasha Yvette Williams and Tony DeSare.

May 23, 2010

Philadelphia-native Hugh Panaro will join Christiane Noll, Capathia Jenkins, and conductor Peter Nero on October 2 for Broadway Showstoppers, a performance to benefit the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center.  For details and tickets, please see the link below.


May 27, 2010

Hugh will be the special guest of soprano Dorothy Stone at the Voce Doro gala concert on June 26.  The show at Etcetera Etcetera in Manhattan will also feature Katherine Corle, Denis Lambert, Anna Kirkland, Lou Burgess.  Tickets include a reception after the concert.  For more information, visit the Voce Doro events page.


May 30, 2010

Another Bravo Broadway concert has been added to the Schedule page.  Hugh will perform with Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll, and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra on November 19 and 20.


June 4, 2010

Hugh will be joining Anne Runolfsson and Virginia Woodruff for Broadway Rocks with the Modesto Symphony tonight.

Also, on June 17, Hugh will perform at Inside Broadway's 2010 Broadway Beacon Awards to be held at the historic Players Club at Gramercy Park.

broadwayworld.com - Hugh Panaro to Perform at Inside Broadway's Beacon Awards


June 18, 2010

In addition to the special Broadway Showstoppers to benefit the Saint Lawrence Rehabilitation Center on October 2, Hugh Panaro, Capathia Jenkins, and Christiane Noll will join the Philly Pops for Broadway Rocks on October 6, 8, 9, and 10.


June 22, 2010

Please see the Concerts and Candids pages of the Gallery for all of the new pictures.

June 22, 2010

Don't forget that on Saturday evening, Hugh will join Dorothy Stone and other guests for the Voce Doro gala at Etcetera Etcetera in Manhattan.  The event include a wonderful opportunity to meet Hugh and the other artists at the post-show champagne and dessert reception.  Tickets are still available - please see vocedoro.com for more details.

Photos from last week's Broadway Beacon Awards have been added to the Gallery.

June 23, 2010

More photos from the 2010 Inside Broadway Beacon Awards performance are being added to the site.

Also, the Concerts photo section is being split into two pages and the Broadway Beacon Awards and Tarbell Awards galleries now have their own pages.

June 30, 2010

Photos from the June 26 Voce Doro gala have been added to the Candids page of the Gallery.  As always, if you have any photos from this or any other recent events that you'd like to share with the site, please feel free to e-mail.

Hugh Panaro with soprano Dorothy Stone

July 7, 2010

For fans in Europe, a reminder that Hugh will join Christiane Noll and Capathia Jenkins for Best of Broadway at the International Music Festival Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic on July 17.  Please see the Fesitval's official site for tickets and other information.

Festival Krumlov

Back in the States, the next chance to see Hugh perform will be Bravo Broadway with Anne Runolfsson, Rob Evan, Capathia Jenkins, and the San Diego Symphony on August 6 - 7.


July 11, 2010

On September 11, Hugh will join Lisa Vroman and Stephanie J. Block for Riverfront Pops with the Quad City Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa.  Tickets go on sale on July 19.


July 16, 2010

Three photos from a 2002 concert with the Houston Symphony have been added to the Concerts page of the Gallery.

July 18, 2010

Looking back to 1997, several pictures have been added to the Side Show page.  Also, photos from Show Boat now have their own page in the Gallery.

With Alice Ripley at the Side Show Opening Night party

 As Ravenal in Show Boat

July 20, 2010

Hugh with Christiane Noll and Capathia Jenkins in the Czech Republic for Festival Český Krumlov. 


From Christiane's photo set from Prague on Playbill.com

Playbill.com - PHOTO SPECIAL - Christiane Noll Shares Shots from Europe

Also, Hugh, Christiane, and Capathia will join Rob Evan for Broadway Rocks this Friday night in Atlanta.


July 22, 2010

New photos have been added to the In Concert section of the site Gallery.

Performing with Christiane Noll at Festival Krumlov.

July 24, 2010

Several pictures from Hugh's May 1 performance at the Milwaukee Repertory Gala have been added to the Concert photo page.

July 31, 2010

More pictures from the recent performance at the Krumlov Festival have been added to the site and now have their own page in the Gallery

Hugh sharing the stage with Capathia Jenkins and Christiane Noll.

Click here for all of the Festival Krumlov photos.

August 1, 2010

Video of "You Can't Stop The Beat" (Hairspray) from last April's performance with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra featuring Hugh Panaro, Kresley Figueroa and Jodi Benson.

August 2, 2010

Hugh has been nominated for the Barrymore Award for his performance as the sinister yet comic pickpocket ringleader Fagin in the recent Walnut Street Theatre's production of Oliver!  This is his second Barrymore nomination; he received the 2008 award for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, also at the Walnut.  Hugh's nomination is one of twenty-one received by the Walnut this year.  Related news links will be posted as they become available.

Also, the Concerts and Fan Photo sections of the Gallery have been updated.

Sharing the stage with Lisa Vroman during a past Broadway Romance concert.

August 3, 2010

More on last evening's Barrymore Award Nominations from Theatermania.

Theatermania.com - Philadelphia Barrymore Award Nominations Are Announced

August 5, 2010

In addition to the October 2 benefit in Trenton and the October 6-10 Broadway Rocks concerts in Philadelphia, Hugh will also join the Philly Pops in Reading, Pennsylvania on October 16 for another performance of Broadway Rocks with Christiane Noll and Virginia Woodruff. 


Please check the Schedule page for dates, locations, and links to all of Hugh's upcoming shows.

Also, please note that the Message Board is currently down to do an unresolved error during the domain update.  The tentative date for it to be restored is August 8.

August 6, 2010

Hugh will join Julia Murney, Capathia Jenkins, and Rob Evan for Broadway Rocks with the Houston Symphony on September 3 - 5.


August 12, 2010

On September 25, Hugh will once again perform the very popular Broadway Rocks with Christiane Noll, Capathia Jenkins, and the Maryland Symphony.  Tickets sales have not yet been posted, but please check with the Symphony as they become available. 


Also, today is the fifth anniversary of this web site!  A sincere thank you to everyone who has visited and supported us over the past five years!

August 15, 2010

As mentioned in the August 5 update, there was a problem with the domain update for the site's message board.  As of today, the old board has not been recovered.  A new and, hopefully, much improved forum has been created.  Members of the old forum and newcomers are welcome to join!

Message Board

August 16, 2010


On September 7, Hugh will once again assume the iconic title role in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera.





August 20, 2010

Due to Hugh's upcoming return to The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, there are a number of changes to his previously posted concert schedule.  Hugh will not be performing in the previously announced Broadway Rocks performances with the Philly Pops in October.  Also, he will not be appearing in the Pittsburgh or Detroit performances of Irving Berlin - From Ragtime To Ritzes

Please check the Schedule page of the site for any remaining concerts.

September 1, 2010

For fans in the Houston, Texas area, there's a chance to win a four-pack of tickets to this week's Broadway Showstoppers concert with the Houston Symphony.  It's one of the last chances to catch Hugh in concert before he reassumes the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.  He'll be joined in the concert by Julia Murney, Capathia Jenkins, and Rob Evan.  Please see the link below for additional information and to enter.

Win a 4-pack of tickets to the Houston Symphony's Broadway Showstoppers

Minor updates have been made to the Fans, as well as the Links page and the Tarbell Concerts page of the Gallery

Also, Hugh's performance in the mid-June Inside Broadway Beacon Awards gala received a mention in a recent piece in the Albany Times Union.

Local boy accepts award for Billy Elliot cast

September 2, 2010

From his previous tenure in the role (2003-2005), Hugh talks about playing The Phantom of the Opera.


Also, please note that, due to a prior concert obligation in Davenport, Iowa, Hugh will not be performing as The Phantom on September 11.  If you have any question about Phantom tickets purchased for that date, please contact the box office directly. 

Box office contact information - playbill.com

September 5, 2010

A fine review of Hugh's performance from Thursday evening's performance of Broadway Showstoppers in Houston, Texas:

Just when I was thinking no one could top this, Panaro returned to deliver a hauntingly beautiful “Music of the Night,” from The Phantom of the Opera. I have seen the show twice on Broadway and once in Las Vegas, but this Phantom topped them all with the purest of theatrical and vocal power. Panaro is quite ready for his soon return to the Great White Way as his thunderous standing ovation made very clear.

Houston Courier Online - Broadway Showstoppers Wow Pavilion Crowd

September 6, 2010

The official site for the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera has updated with the new cast information, including Hugh.

thephantomoftheopera.com - New York - Meet The People - Hugh Panaro

September 7, 2010

Tonight, Hugh Panaro returns to the title role in The Phantom of the Opera.  Also joining the production as Christine will be Sara Jean Ford.

Playbill.com - Sara Jean Ford and Hugh Panaro Enter Phantom's Lair on Broadway Sept 7

Hugh discusses his return to the masked role (among other things) in an excellent interview with Broadway.com.

Broadway.com - Masked Man Hugh Panaro On His 20-Year History In The Phantom of The Opera

"I think I have a lot more to bring to the role now than five years ago. A fan sent me a pirated tape of my last performance, and I listened to myself pretty objectively. There were things I didn’t remember doing, and things I thought I could do better now, especially going in with a new Christine—we have the opportunity to create something fresh and exciting. Believe it or not, Sara Jean Ford and I had just done South Pacific together in concert with the Rochester Symphony. We were joking about the fact that we had both been in Phantom and saying, “Wouldn’t it be fun to do the show together someday?” A couple of months later, here we are. I think the universe was at work."

For those of you attending this evening's performance, please feel free to share your experience at our new Message Board and or join Hugh's page on Facebook.


You can also follow this site on Twitter now, too.


September 8, 2010

The first photos from Hugh's magnificent return to The Phantom of the Opera last night are in, courtesy of Theatermania, Broadway.com, BroadwayWorld, and Playbill.com.

   Ryan Silverman, Hugh Panaro, and Sarah Jean Ford take a bow - Photo by Tristan Fuge   Hugh Panaro with his new leading lady, Sara Jean Ford - Photo by Tristan Fuge  

Theatermania.com - Photo Flash - Hugh Panaro and Sara Jean Ford Return

Broadwayworld.com - Photo Coverage Panaro Ford Open in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Playbill.com - Slideshow - Hugh Panaro & Sara Jean Ford Join Broadway's Phantom

Broadway.com shows - It's a Majestic welcome for incoming Phantom stars Hugh Panaro and Sara Jean Ford

There may be more photos coming so check back often.  The Fan Photo page has also been updated.  As always, if you have photos you'd like posted here, please e-mail us.

September 10, 2010

As mentioned in a previous update, Hugh will be performing tomorrow with the Quad Cities Symphony and will be absent from both Phantom performances.


September 12, 2010

The Fan Photos page has been updated with a lovely picture from Hugh's first night back as The Phantom.


September 15, 2010

New photos from the September 12 performance with Lisa Vroman, Stephanie J. Block, and the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra have been added to the Concerts page.


September 17, 2010

From a blogger's review:

The Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra was having a Riverfront Pops at LeClaire Park in Davenport. It was comprised of Broadway songs and featured three Broadway stars: Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5), Lisa Vroman (Phantom of the Opera), and Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera). In fact, Hugh had just begun his second Broadway run in the role of the masked phantom the week before. Coincidentally, I was already slated to review the recent two role changes just a few days after this concert. I must admit that having seen this production once on Broadway and once in Toronto, his performance was the most outstanding in regards to both his acting and vocal ability.

Hugh originally took the role of Raoul in 1990 and was later cast as “the man behind the mask” in 1999. He either must have been quite young as Raoul or keeps himself from not looking his age now.


Also, a photo of Hugh as Raoul (with Rebecca Luker as Christine) has been added here.

September 25, 2010

If you're in the New York City area tomorrow, be sure to visit the annual Broadway Cares Flea Market on West 44th Street and Schubert Alley.  The Phantom table (in front of the Majestic Theatre, of course) always has some amazing items for sale and the entire event benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

broadwaycares.org  - 2010 - Flea Market and Grand Auction

September 27, 2010

Five brand new production photos of Hugh as The Phantom (featuring Sara Jean Ford and Marni Raab as Christine) have been added to the site, including this exclusive one.

Click here for the current Phantom gallery page.

September 29, 2010

Playbill is featuring a slideshow of the current Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera.

Playbill.com - Hugh Panaro, Sara Jean Ford and More in The Phantom of The Opera

September 30, 2010

BroadwayWorld is also featuring the latest production photos from The Phantom of the Opera, including Hugh and new Christine, Sara Jean Ford, as well as Ryan Silverman as Raoul, Marni Raab as the Christine alternate, Heather McFadden as Meg, and Cristin J. Hubbard as Madame Giry.

BWW - Photo Flash - Panaro, Ford in PHANTOM!

October 1, 2010

Broadway.com is the latest site featuring the new production Phantom photos.

broadway.com - Feast Your Eyes On The New Stars of Broadway's Phantom of the Opera

This evening marks five years since Hugh's then-farewell performance as The Phantom before originating the title role in Lestat.  A look back at that night with video from the curtain call, including Sandra Joseph's lovely speech.

October 5, 2010

Sandra Joseph, one of Hugh's former Phantom leading ladies, will be interviewing Hugh for her website.  If you have a question for her to ask him, please stop by lovely Sandra's site and watch her video for details.


October 10, 2010

A reminder that you have until October 12 to enter your e-mail for Sandra Joseph's video interview with Hugh. 


New pictures have been added to the Candids, Concerts, and Fan Photo pages. 

October 14, 2010

Recently, students from Schoharie High School in Upstate New York took a field trip to Manhattan to catch a performance of The Phantom of the Opera and had an opportunity to meet the show's leads.  Click the link below to read a short blog about the trip.

Times Union - High School Blog

October 21, 2010

Part One of Sandra Joseph's very eagerly-awaited interview with Hugh is now on-line!  He talks about what's different about his Phantom portrayal this time around and why he doesn't have a solo album yet.

Many thanks to Sandra for giving fans the chance to ask their questions!  Keep a close eye on her site for Part Two.


October 23, 2010

Part Two of Sandra Joseph's interview with Hugh is now on her site. 

sandrajoseph.com - Your Hugh Panaro Questions Answered - Part Two

After you've watched the interview, be sure to answer her question:

What's YOUR favorite thing about Hugh? 

October 27, 2010

Hugh will perform "The Music of the Night" live as part of the Grand Opening Ceremony for The Pond at Bryant Park this Friday, October 29. The event, 6-7PM, is free and open to the public and will feature other Broadway and ice skating performances.  Arrive early!

Also, Hugh was a "surprise" guest on today's Sirius/XM's LIVE FROM BROADWAY hosted by Seth Rudetsky and Julie James.  The interview and performance are normally recorded to be broadcast at a later date.  Stay tuned for details as they're available.


October 28, 2010

Hugh will join Rita Harvey and Billy Elliott's Jacob Clemente for the 20th annual Candlelight Vigil for Covenant House in Times Square on Novermber 16.  The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be part of a series of vigils across the United States, Canada, and Latin America to call attention to national advocacy for homeless children.  For more information, see the Playbill link below or visit Covenant House's site.

Playbill.com - Broadway stars will take part in 20th candelight vigil for covenant house international


November 2, 2010

Playbill.com has a fun "Cue & A" interview with Hugh.  He talks about worst jobs, worst costumes, favorite movies, flubbed lines, and the infamous flop musical Carrie.

Playbill.com CUE & A - Phantom of the Opera Star Hugh Panaro

Also, Theatermania has a Photo Flash with pictures from last Friday night's performance in Bryant Park.

theatermania.com - Photo Flash'

November 5, 2010

For those of you who missed a chance to hear it live from Times Square, Hugh's appearance on Sirius XM's LIVE FROM BROADWAY with hosts Seth Rudetsky and Julie James, it will premiere tonight at 7 p.m. (eastern) and rebroadcast on November 7 at 7 p.m., Tuesday at noon, and on OutQ (S-109/XM 98) on Saturday at 10 a.m.. 

It's a chance to hear Hugh discuss Phantom and sing David Friedman's "You're Already There."  (Hugh's recording of this song is still available on the CD Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms.)

Photo Credit: Erin McIntyre Photo Credit: Erin McIntyre Photo Credit: Erin McIntyre

November 10, 2010

Don't forget to become a fan of The Phantom of the Opera on Facebook and check out some great new photos of Hugh and other cast members with guests from two new student productions of Broadway's longest-running musical.

November 12, 2010

Recently, cast members from one of the new student productions of The Phantom of the Opera visited the Majestic Theatre and met the shows leads.   Check out the photo set on BroadwayWorld.

broadwayworld.com - High School PHANTOM Cast Visits BroadwayProduction

And please note that Hugh is not peforming in this week's From Ragtime To Ritzes concert with the Pittsburgh Symphon due to his Phantom performance schedule.  Ted Keegan will be taking his place.

November 15, 2010

Don't forget that Hugh, along with Rita Harvey and Jacob Clemente (Billy Elliott) will take part in tomorrow nights 20th Anniversary Candlelight Vigil for Covenant House.  The event begins at 6 p.m. in Times Square and runs for one hour.


Playbill.com - Broadway stars will take part in 20th candelight vigil for covenant house international

November 19, 2010

Hugh performs at Tuesday evening's Candlelight Vigil for Covenant House.

Yesterday, it was announced that Sean McLaughlin will join the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera as Raoul on December 6.  Sean has most recently played the Vicomte in the recent Phantom tour and has previously appeared with Hugh in Lestat.  Also rejoining the Broadway company as Carlotta is Liz McCartney.


Also, the Links page has been updated.

November 30, 2010

Congratulations to The Phantom of the Opera; last night marked the show's 9,500th performance on Broadway!

December 3, 2010

Hugh Panaro backstage during put-in rehearsals with Sean MacLaughlin (in costume as Old Raoul) who will be joining the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera next week.

As always, if you have any stage door pictures with Hugh, please feel free to e-mail them to us and we'll include them in the Fan Photos page of the Gallery.

December 13, 2010

For those of you who enjoyed Hugh's recent "Cue & A" interview, it's now available in the current print issue of Playbill.  If you missed the interview, click the link below:

Playbill.com CUE & A - Phantom of the Opera Star Hugh Panaro

And, from Facebook, Hugh with a group of Baltimore-area guests at the Majestic Theatre:

December 16, 2010

From a multi-show review featured on Broadway World Chicago:

But then there's Hugh Panaro, the Acting Man's Phantom. The role sung with beauty and clarity, and Panaro's acting (full of new found pain and embittered loneliness) proves there's a skilled performer behind the Phantom's infamous mask.

chicago.broadwayworld.com - Chicagoan in NYC for the Weekend

And two photos have been added to the site.  The first is a picture celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera featuring Mark Jacoby as the title character, Karan Culliver and Luann Aronson as Christine, and Hugh as Raoul.  The second is from a long-awaited meeting between Hugh and Alex whose wife Jennifer is remembered here.

December 29, 2010

Just in time for 2011, Hugh shares a funny memory of 2010 - and a soapy New Year's resolution - with Broadway.com.

broadway.com - Showering with-Cloris Leachman tops Phantom star Hugh Panaro's 2010 memories

December 30, 2010

Hugh shares another memory - a touching one from Oliver! - with Playbill.com

"One moment that immediately pops into my head happened about this time last year. I was playing Fagin in Oliver! at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia and the night before we opened, my car was vandalized. They shattered my windshield and stole my GPS.  At one point that evening, one of the children, Will, who was five years old and the youngest cast member, came up to me and very kindly said that he had heard about my car and said he was sorry that I was robbed. Well, word travelled fast through the 40 (yes 40!) children (two casts of 20!).  About a week later, there was a knock at my dressing room door and when I opened it, there were all the kids with their chaperone. They handed me a poem they had written: “We heard that someone picked your pocket, that made us kind of sad, and then we thought some more about it, it made us kind of mad! So here’s a little gift for you from all your girls and boys, we hope that you can use it more than any silly toys”!  At this point they handed me a brand new Garmin GPS!  There I stood in my prosthetic Fagin nose bawling my eyes out. That was a pretty special moment to me."

Playbill.com - The most memorable theatre moments of 2010