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      A round table discussion with three of the most respected stars of Broadway.

All have played the role of Phantom Howard McGillin being the longest running phantom in the history of broadway, Anthony Crivello six years in Las Vegas, and the wonderful Ron Bohmer playing the role in Los Angeles will be discussing their journey with this epic and legendary role as the Phantom of the Opera.

Mentors are in scheduling order - TBD

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Merri Sugarman

Casting Director

Tara Rubin Casting

Initially an actress ('Les Miserables', 'Aspects of Love', et al.),

Merri found herself out West some years back where she quickly made a name for herself at Liberman/Hirschfeld, then Liberman/Patton Casting, working on such shows as "NewsRadio", "The Larry Sanders Show" and the Miramax feature film "Playing By Heart", starring Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie. In 2000, Merri moved to Dreamworks Studios as the Casting Executive in charge of TV Pilots and Series- including "Spin City", and the critically acclaimed "The Job", starring Denis Leary. She was then offered a position as the Director of Casting for Dramas and Movies at ABC Television, Read More

Ron Bohmer

TV/Film/Broadway Actor

In a career spanning over 30 years in Broadway and touring productions, Ron Bohmer has starred as the Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera, Joseph Smith/Jesus in The Book of Mormon, Father in Ragtime (B’way Tony-nominated revival) Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Jefferson Award nomination), Enjolras in Les Miserables, Coach Bolton in Disney’s High School Musical,  Alex in Aspects Of Love (LA Robby award), Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman in White, as the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel (National Broadway Theatre Award nomination) and as Frid in A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters. Read More

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Alice Ripley

Tony Award Winner

Next to Normal

Alice won the 2009 Tony award and Helen Hayes award for her performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera Next To Normal. For nearly three decades Alice has been a veteran of Broadway, regional and off-broadway stages, having starred in the original casts of six Broadway shows; The Who’s Tommy (1993), Sunset Boulevard (1994), King David (1997), Side Show (1997), James Joyce’s The Dead (2000), and The Rocky Horror Show (2000),  and regularly performs her club act in cabarets around the country. Read More

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Donna McKechnie

Tony Award Winner

A Chorus Line

Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award winning star of A CHORUS LINE, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies.

 

Most recently she created the musical staging for a production of IN SIX DANCE LESSONS SIX WEEKS starring Leslie Caron at the Laguna Playhouse which has received a rave review from the Los Angeles Times.

 

Donna is also co-starring in a new production called 4 GIRLS 4 with Maureen McGovern, Andrea McCardle and Faith Prince produced by Wayne Gmitter and John McDaniel.  Read More

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Anastasia Barzee

TV/Film/Broadway Actor

Anastasia Barzee is a celebrated Theatre, Film and Television actor. She began her career in Television at the age of 6, doing commercials with her older brother and has been actively working in the industry and teaching for over forty years. Anastasia made her Broadway debut in Miss Saigon as the American wife, Ellen. She also starred on Broadway as Emma in Jekyll and Hyde, as Hope in Urinetown, and as Lorna in the musical, Golden Boy.At Lincoln Center, Anastasia co-starred as Lady Mortimer opposite Kevin Kline, Ethan Hawke and Audra McDonald in the Tony award winning production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts One and Two. Read More

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Anthony Crivello

Tony Award Winner

Kiss of the Spiderwoman

Anthony Crivello won a 1993 Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical as the original Valentin in Hal Prince’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman at the Broadhurst Theater.  During the show’s pre-Broadway run, Mr. Crivello also received the Canadian stage honor of a 1992 Dora Mavor Moore Nomination.  He received a second Dora Mavor Moore Nomination in 1997 for the pre-Broadway production of Jane Eyre at the Royal Alexander Theater in Toronto. Mr. Crivello won the 1996 Joseph Jefferson Award as the Best Leading Actor in a Musical, for the pre-Broadway production of The House of Martin Guerre at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theater in Chicago directed by David Petrarca. Read More

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Howard McGillin

Tony Award Nominee

Best known for his record-setting performance in the title role of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, Howard has appeared extensively in leading roles on Broadway and London’s West End. Other leading roles on Broadway include “Gigi”, “The Kiss Of The Spider Woman”, “She Loves Me”, “The Secret Garden”, “Anything Goes” (nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards), “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and received the Theatre World Award), and “Sunday in the Park with George”. On London’s West End, Howard starred in acclaimed revivals of “Mack and Mabel” and “Anything Goes”. He was nominated for a Drama Desk award for his New York theatrical debut in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of “La Bohème” opposite Linda Ronstadt. Read More

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