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Paul Stanley: 'Phantom Of The Opera Role Changed My Life'


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Kiss rocker Paul Stanley has hailed his starring role in beloved musical Phantom Of The Opera as the job that changed the entire path of his life.

The legendary band's frontman decided to take his talents to a different stage in 1999 by performing as the masked man in the Toronto, Canada production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

In an interview with Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show on Thursday (11Dec14), Stanley explained how the unexpected role was a welcome surprise, and he jumped at the chance to make his stage debut.

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Jean-pierre Jeunet To Tackle Phantom Of The Opera Tv Series


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A Tv series based on the novel written by Gaston Leroux, which inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom Of The Opera is in development.

Celebrated French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet will make his Tv directorial debut on the project, which is set in Paris, France in 1919.

He states, "We have an opportunity to re-tell Gaston Leroux's classic novel of mystery and intriguing romance against a background of great social change."

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Marc Cherry To Adapt Phantom Of The Opera For Tv


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Desperate Housewives creator MARC CHERRY has been tasked with the job of adapting popular gothic novel Phantom Of The Opera for a contemporary new Tv drama.

The screenwriter and producer is teaming up with executives at America's ABC network for a modern take on the Gaston Leroux story, which famously inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit stage musical.

The new hour-long small screen version of Phantom of the Opera will reportedly feature musical elements similar to that of Tv drama series Nashville, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Norm Lewis Cast As Broadway's First African-american Phantom


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Actor Norm Lewis has been cast as Broadway's first African-American Phantom Of The Opera.

The Tony Award nominee will make history when he dons the iconic white mask in May (14) and follows in the footsteps of Michael Crawford, who originated the role in 1986.

Lewis was last on the Great White Way as Porgy in the 2012 revival of Porgy and Bess, for which he earned his first Tony nomination. His other Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Chicago.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Recovering From Back Surgery


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Theatre impresario Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was forced to skip the 25th anniversary performance of his hit Broadway musical The Phantom Of The Opera on Saturday (26Jan13) to undergo back surgery.

The British composer was expected to attend the celebrations in New York this weekend but had to pull out days before after his back troubles prevented him from travelling from the U.K.

Taking to Twitter.com on Saturday, he wrote, "Mortified my hospitalisation stops me from being at Phantoms (sic) record breaking Broadway night. Thanks to everyone who made it happen."

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Michael Crawford Revives Phantom Hit With Susan Boyle


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Michael Crawford has reworked his The Music Of The Night hit from Phantom Of The Opera for a new duet with Susan Boyle.

The Scottish singing sensation asked the actor to join her in the studio for a track on her upcoming fourth album, which features beloved tunes from the great stage musicals - and Crawford was happy to oblige.

The album, Standing Ovation, also features two duets with Donny Osmond.

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Scala & Kolacny Brothers Choir Wow Princess Anne


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Scala & Kolacny Brothers choir were one of the acts to wow Princess Anne at the Royal Variety Performance.

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip represented her parents at the 99th edition of the annual show, held this year on December 5 at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Northern England, and was impressed with the choir and performers including Tony Bennett, Nicole Scherzinger and Leona Lewis.

Scala & Kolacny Brothers choir - a Belgian women's choir who perform unique renditions of pop songs - performed U2's 'With Or Without You' with 'Britain's Got Talent' TV show winner Jai McDowall, followed by a rendition of Queen track 'Somebody To Love' with Cee Lo and Leona, to rapturous applause.

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Phantom Returns To Movie Theaters


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Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom Of The Opera will be returning to movie theaters next month -- but not the 2004 version that was directed by Joel Schumacher and starred Gerard Butler in the title role. Apparently hoping to capture the magic of the original live show -- something that was apparently lost in the movie adaptation, which received mostly negative reviews -- Lloyd Webber and his producing partner Cameron Mackintosh are restaging the production with an extended cast in London's Royal Albert Hall and broadcasting it to theaters in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Japan, and Australia. The production will be presented live on Sunday, Oct. 2 and 2 00 p.m. Eastern Time, followed by taped presentations on Oct. 5, 6 and 11. The theaters will be linked by NCM' Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network.

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Michael Jackson Wanted Phantom Of The Opera Film Role


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Theatre impresario Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber considered casting Michael Jackson in a film version of his classic musical The Phantom Of The Opera.

The critically-acclaimed composer reveals the Thriller hitmaker stopped by the Broadway production of Phantom several times after it opened in 1986, and Jackson was so enthralled by the show, he approached Webber and discussed the possibility of starring in a movie adaptation.

Plans for a film version of the musical were announced in 1989 and Webber admits he was serious about casting the late pop superstar as the Phantom, but fears about the impact on the theatrical productions caused the project to be put on hold.

Webber tells CNN host Piers Morgan, "People in those days were very worried that a film, if it was made, would destroy the Broadway or the West End show, and everybody would just go and see the movie.

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'The Phantom Of The Opera' Star Leaving Judi's Deli While Wearing A Blondie T-shirt

Emmy Rossum, Blondie and Phantom Of The Opera Wednesday 27th May 2009 'The Phantom of the Opera' star leaving Judi's Deli while wearing a Blondie t-shirt Los Angeles, California

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Denise Van Outen: Jodie Was Ready To Play Nancy

By on 14 October 2008

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Denise Van Outen has said Jodie Prenger was the deserving winner of BBC1's I'd Do Anything.

The 28-year-old from Blackpool beat fellow finalist Jessie Buckley, 18, in a telephone vote in June and will take to the stage in Sir Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver! revival in December.

The judges disagreed on their choice of Nancy at the time, with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Macintosh, and Barry Humphries preferring Jessie while Torchwood star John Barrowman and singer and presenter Denise Van Outen favoured Jodie.

And speaking to inthenews.co.uk, Van Outen has stressed that Jodie was the deserving winner of the BBC1 talent contest.

"I do think Jodie was the right winner - that's why she won and I'm sure all the viewers agree with me!" she said. "I do think she's a very good choice.

"But I have to say I do love Jessie, I felt she was great and I've been really upfront about the fact that she's a true star. I just felt that Jodie was more ready to play the role."

Van Outen added: "I'm not worried about any of the other girls, because they're all busy and working, which is great."

The presenter also said she "totally understands" Sir Andrew's commitment to his Phantom Of The Opera sequel, the rigours of which have meant the next BBC1 West End talent search will not hit the screen until 2010.

The former Big Breakfast hostess, who is currently presenting Hairspray: The High School Musical for Sky 1, also revealed she is in talks with the channel over working on a musical programme.

Denise was speaking on behalf of the Shape 'Feel Fuller For Longer' campaign which revealed that hunger is the UK's leading cause of bad decision-making.

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Julie Andrews, Phantom Of The Opera, Police and Richard Burton Saturday 24th June 2006

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