The Phantom of the Opera
Free-Rain Theatre Company presents
The Phantom of the Opera

9 Aug 2013 to 23 Aug 2013

For the first time in Canberra, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s heartbreaking score, stunning set and lighting design and breathtaking costumes, magically combine on the Canberra Theatre stage with mesmerizing results.

Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.

Free Rain Theatre has successfully won the rights to stage the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in Canberra and negotiated with two nationally and internationally recognised, musical theatre stars for the lead roles and the services of one of Australia’s most accomplished young theatre directors.

The role of the Phantom will be played by Michael Cormick who has won international and national acclaim for the role both in Australia and on the international stage.

Julie Lea Goodwin who will play the role of Christine has appeared in the role in 200 performances opposite Anthony Warlow on the Australasian tour and also starred as Maria in West Side Story.

The Director, David Harmon, also a writer and producer of theatre and film, has worked extensively in Australia on productions such as Cosi Fan Tutte, A Little Night Music and with Opera Australia as Resident Director.
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Cast Michael Cormick Michael Cormick

Michael Cormick is an accomplished actor and singer of international standing; he most recently played the role of Daddy Warbucks in the Annie The Musical – Australia.

Earlier this year Michael finished filming the role of David on the new series Reef Doctors. Other television credits include Don Andrews in Sea Patrol, Preston Walker in City Homicide and Paul Kruger in Bluebird.

In 2011, Michael released his first solo album to coincide with his starring role in the Australasian tour of The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In 2009 – 2010 Michael completed a national sell out tour of Mamma Mia in the lead male role and was invited to perform at the prestigious Carols By Candlelight at The Myer Music Bowl on The Nine Network.

Michael’s local theatre lead credits include:  The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Grease, Falsettos, Eureka, Sunset Boulevard and the lead role in Beauty and the Beast, for which he received a MO Award.

His international roles include the lead in Phantom of the Opera, Calamity Jane, Romeo & Juliet, Chess, Evita, and most recently; End of the Rainbow for the Edinburgh Festival and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of The Woman in White.

Michael has performed in numerous live and television concerts throughout Europe, including Royal Command performances of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, the Christmas Festival opening at Royal Albert Hall and frequent guest appearances on the Terry Wogan Show (BBC London).

He has also performed his own one-man cabaret show, Michael Cormick Sings Burt Bacharach, throughout Australia and at The Ritz and Savoy Hotels in London, to rave reviews.

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