2014 News from hugh-panaro.net

January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hugh will be joining John Owen Jones, Ruthie Henshell, Alexander Gemignani, and others in the studio (along with musical director Larry Blank) to record the concept album of a new musical, An American Victory.  More details will be posted as they become available.

(Edited - Both Hugh and Ruthie have withdrawn from the above project.)

Hugh is among the actors featured in Playbill's photo tribute to Stephen Sondheim's Company.

Playbill.com - PHOTO ARCHIVE - A Multitudes of Bobbys - Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company

More photos from the 5th Avenue Theater's production can be found here:


January 14, 2013

A romantic concert for Valentine's weekend - Hugh will join Christiane Noll and the Pittsburgh Symphony on February 15 for Love Is In The Air.


January 25, 2013

Hugh meets Toby of tobytakesnewyork.tumblr.com

And Hugh is one of many, many stars taking part in the video "Russian Broadway Shutdown."

January 30, 2013

In addition to the February 15 Love Is In The Air concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Hugh will also join the Symphony and Christiane Noll for A Broadway Valentine on February 14.

A Broadway Valentine - iup.edu

Scroll down to our January 14 update for details on the Love Is In The Air performance or see the Schedule page.

January 31, 2014

Hugh has been nominated for a Saint Louis Theatre Circle Award for his performance as Jean Valjean in last summer's production of Les Miserables at The Muny  Norm Lewis, who starred opposite Hugh as Javert is also nominated.

stltoday.com - St. Louis Theater Circle Announces Nominations


February 2, 2014

Apparently, there's a pretty big football game happening tonight.

Thanks to costar Elizabeth Welch for the photo!

February 8, 2014

Backstage with Laird Mackintosh via @LairdMackintosh on Twitter.

February 10, 2014

"I do love Hugh."

Backstage with Elizabeth Welch

Speaking of love, it's in the air in Pittsburgh this weekend.  Hugh and Christiane Noll have shows with the Pittsburgh Symphony on Friday and Saturday.  Both are listed on our SCHEDULE page.

Hugh also got a nice shout-out from Stage World Magazine today.  Click the link in the embedded tweet below:

February 12, 2014

Impressively photographed by costar Laird Mackintosh.

 February 14, 2014

Awesome news for fans of Side Showmuch of the original cast will be reuniting for a special concert - I Will Never Leave - 54 Sings Side Show - at Studio 54 on March 9.


More about the show from Broadway World:

BWW - Norm Lewis, Hugh-Panaro, Alice Ripley and More Set for I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU 54 SINGS SIDE SHOW

February 21, 2014

From a profile of comic Chris Rich:

Working with Broadway star Hugh Panaro 30 years ago at the now-defunct Huntington Valley Dinner Theater is at the top of Rich’s list.

“I was Hugh Panaro’s leading lady,” she says. “Can you believe it was me and the ‘Phantom of the Opera’? We never kissed. I was older than him and his mom was in the audience — so forget about a kiss.”

buckscountycouriertimes.com - Chris Rich is still in it for the laughs

Birthday wishes have come flooding in over the past couple of days and they've been forwarded to Hugh.

February 26, 2014

Via twitter.com/broadwaycom

March 4, 2014

The Philly Pops just announced their 2014-2015 schedule and Hugh will be joining his hometown symphony for their Christmas Spectacular from December 5 through 20.  Ticket information will be posted as soon as more details are made available.

philly.com - When Philly Pops They Mean It

March 18, 2014

Congratulations to Hugh on receiving the 2014 St. Louis Theater Circle Award for his performance as Jean Valjean in last summer's production of Les Miserables at The Muny

stltoday.com - St. Louis Theater Circle Award Winners

This is the second time Hugh has been honored for this role; he previously received the Barrymore Award for his 2008 performance as Valjean at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre.

March 20, 2014

Hugh will depart the Broadway production of
The Phantom of The Opera this May.  He will be followed in the title role by long-time friend Norm Lewis who starred opposite Hugh in Side Show and Les Miserables.  Sierra Boggess, who starred opposite Hugh for Phantom's 25th anniversary on Broadway, will take over the role of Christine from Mary Michael Patterson.  Hugh's final performance is expected to be May 10, but further details will be posted.

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com - A New Phantom and Christine are coming to the opera

March 26, 2014

Take a terrific glimpse into Hugh's daily routine (with his beloved Soot, too) in this Character Study video from Broadway.com:

Many people have asked exactly when Hugh's final performance as the Phantom will take place.  The date has not yet been confirmed, but as soon as it's made official, we will be posting it at once.

Also, due to a serious failure of a server with the internet hosting company, this site was off-line for about twenty-four hours earlier this week.  While the site was restored from back-up, some incoming e-mails were lost and we are still experiencing trouble replying to some messages. 

March 31, 2014

Details have finally been announced for Hugh's final performance dates.  His final day as The Phantom will be on May 3.  Full schedule details, including for the various Christines and Norm Lewis are available from the official Facebook page.

HUGH PANARO's final performance as The Phantom will be Saturday evening, May 3. Please note: That's one week before NORM LEWIS has his debut performance on Monday, May 12. (The schedule for who will be playing The Phantom between them during the week of May 5 will be announced soon.) Our beloved Hugh will say farewell to The Majestic after more than 2,100 performances as The Phantom! Combined with his nearly 1,000 as Raoul, he'll have performed in PHANTOM well over 3,000 times!


April 15, 2014

An interview with Hugh is part of a podcast by My9NJ's Valerie Smaldone.  Click the link below to listen.

my9nj.com - The Phantom talks Broadway & life on and off the the stage

Also, an interview with Hugh will be part of WFUV's Cityscape segment exploring masks and how they change those who wear them this Saturday at 7:30am on 90.7 WFUV (NYC area).


April 19, 2014

If you missed it this morning, Hugh's segment on WFUV's Cityscape is available for free on iTunes.  Just follow the link below and select the podcast labeled "Behind The Mask."  Hugh is the second person interviewed.

iTunes podcast

April 20, 2014

Hugh will be closing this year's BC/EFA Easter Bonnet celebration with a performance of David Friedman's "Help Is On The Way."  The shows are this Monday and Tuesday at the Minskoff.  Event details are at the link below:

Playbill.com - Easter-Bonnet Competition

April 24, 2014

The web company which has hosted this site since it was launched in 2005 has just announced that they will be ceasing operations at the end of May.  At that time, all of the company's servers and hosted sites will be shut down.  In the interim, I will be looking for a new hosting company and migrating the site to it as soon as possible.  There is a possibility of some downtime to the site and associated e-mail addresses as the changes are made.  If the site is unavailable at any time, updates will still be made on our Facebook page and I will make an alternate e-mail address available during that time.

- Paula, site admin

May 3, 2014

Today marks Hugh's final two performances as The Phantom on Broadway.  Later this month, he will be succeeded by friend and Side Show costar Norm Lewis.

In the video below, Hugh talks about the iconic masked role.

For a look back at Hugh's years with Broadway's longest-running musical, be sure to explore this site's Phantom pages.

And, from his final performance in 2005, the unforgettable curtain call with Sandra Joseph:

May 4, 2014

Video of last night's curtain call with a special guest appearance by Soot.

Also, if you have any stage door photos from last night's performance, you are welcome to share them on our Facebook page.

Many of you have been asking what's next for Hugh;  he has another project lined up and it will be posted here as soon as it can be officially announced.

May 5, 2014

If you're going through Phantom withdrawal symptoms already, don't forget that there is an excellent fifteen minute interview with Hugh featured on the documentary DVD, Unmasking The Masterpiece.

Click here for details.

May 25, 2014

The transfer of this site to a new hosting company will begin this week.  During the transfer, there may be some downtime or inability to make updates.  Any news that might come along during the transfer will be posted to our Facebook page.  Also, anyone having an e-mail address @hugh-panaro.net should note that those e-mail address are not able to transfer to the new server and will go off-line as soon as the transfer begins.  The admin@hugh-panaro.net address will be restored, but it may take some time.  In the meantime, please use paula.lemire@gardenalley.net for any messages. 

June 12, 2014

Move over, Christine Daae!  Ellen Harvey (Madame Giry) shared this awesome photo on Twitter for Throwback Thursday.

June 14, 2014

Hugh with Rita Harvey, Neil Berg, and youths from Covenant House International at The Covenant House Night of Broadway Stars at the Rose Theater in New York on June 10.

July 6, 2014

A short video of Hugh in the studio recording "All I Ask of You" for a CD in memory of the late Kevin Gray.

July 10, 2014

A video promo for this year's Christmas Spectacular with the Philly Pops. 

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.  For information, please see:

Philly Pops - I'll Be Home For Christmas

August 6, 2014

Hugh Panaro and Kari Strand, guests at the wedding of New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke and Eric Gabbard.

Broadwayworld.com - Photo Coverage - New York Pops Conductor Steven Reineke Weds Eric Gabbard in Star Studded Ceremony

August 22, 2014

Today marks this site's ninth year on-line!  Once again, thank you to everyone who has been a friend to this site!


September 7, 2014

Visit our Facebook page for a small, but extremely exciting bit of news!

Hugh Panaro on Facebook

(Yes, Hugh is recording an album at long last!)

October 8, 2014

It's still a couple of months away, but more details about this year's Philly Pop's Christmas Spectacular are now available.

Broadwayworld.com - Philly Pops to present CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR - Full Performance Schedule Announced

October 21, 2014

If you can't wait until the Philly Pops' Christmas Spectacular to see Hugh perform again, he is scheduled to join Sutton Foster, Laura Osnes, Christian Borle, and others for BEST IN SHOW, a Humane Society Benefit hosted by Seth Rudetsky at New World Stages on November 9.

Playbill.com - Sutton Foster, Laura Osnes, Christian Borle, Hugh Panaro, Seth Rudetsky will take part in Humane Society Benefit

November 5, 2014

Video from yesterday's visit to Manchester High School.

November 15, 2014

As the revival of SIDE SHOW prepares to open on Broadway, the original production's creative team and cast members are featured in this nearly hour-long video from Broadway.com:

November 18, 2014

A few photos from the red carpet at last night's opening of the new Broadway production of SIDE SHOW

Below:  Taking a selfie for Theatermania.

With Norm Lewis - the original Buddy and Jake:

All of these (and several more) have been added to the SIDE SHOW page of the site.

November 19. 2014

Hugh is among the guests interviewed in Broadway.com's opening night video for SIDE SHOW.

December 1, 2014

If you're in the Philadelphia area, Hugh is scheduled to sing with the Philly Boys Choir at the City Hall Tree Lighting on December 3. The ceremony will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dilworth Plaza next to City Hall (near the ice rink). 

Tickets for the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular are still available, but becoming limited.  Please call 215-893-1999 for information or click on the image below.

If you'd like to do a little Cyber Monday shopping for the holidays, many of Hugh's recordings and other items, (including the excellent Unmasking the Masterpiece documentary) are available through this site's Shop

December 2, 2014

From The Philly Pops on Facebook:

"This is Hugh Panaro's first time in The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Help us welcome Hugh back to his hometown everyone! #phillypops"

December 3, 2014

Warming up with "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" for Talk Philly at CBS Philly via @ThePhillyPops on Twitter:

A little snippet of video:

And don't forget tonight's Tree Lighting at City Hall (see the December 1 post above).

December 4, 2014

Please stop by our Facebook or Twitter for full video of Hugh singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" at last night's Tree Lighting at Philadelphia City Hall.

Hugh Panaro on Facebook

@hughpanaronet on Twitter

And here's a little video clip of Hugh rehearsing "Winter Wonderland" with the Philly Pops:

December 8, 2014

"Perhaps the most moving part of the afternoon was Philadelphia- raised Broadway star, Hugh Panaro, and his rendition of “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables. The piece was chosen to honor the troops overseas that cannot come home for the holidays. The audience was so moved by Panaro, you could hear a pin drop and many were brought to tears by his performance. Inevitably, there was a standing ovation. This was a special music moment that everyone in the audience will treasure for years to come."

Read the full review at:

rockonphilly.com - The Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular Dazzled

December 12, 2014

Philadelphia television alert:  Hugh will appear on
CBS Philly today between 5-6pm for an exclusive interview with Pat Ciarrochi's Eye on the Arts.

Photo via The Philly POPS

"As performers, the best thing we can do…is pull away the curtain and try to let somebody see your soul for that five minutes they get to hear you sing.”

The interview (including video and a cameo by Hugh's mother) can be found here:

philadelphia.cbslocal.com - Philadelphia native Hugh Panaro on The Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular

Hugh also performs "I'll Be Home For Christmas" during this segment:

December 19, 2014

It's the final two days of the Philly Pops' Christmas Spectacular.  Here are a few photos from the past week:

There are some very limited tickets left - inquire with the box office at 215-893-1999

January 16, 2015

A little Lestat reunion at @BookofMormon last night! We love you, Wolfkiller! @tommarwilson @hughpanaronet pic.twitter.com/JPpYyeK9ni

— Nikki Renee Daniels (@nikkireneesings) January 16, 2015

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