Proctors: New 'Phantom' opens Wednesday


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Cooper Grodin portrays the man behind the mask, The Phantom, and Julia Udine is Christine Daaé, the opera soprano he loves, in the national touring company of a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "The Phantom of the Opera."

Also in the cast are Ben Jacoby, Jacquelynne Fontaine, Brad Oscar, Edward Staudenmayer, Linda Balgord, Frank Viveros and Hannah Florence.

With a cast and orchestra of 52, the mammoth Cameron Mackintosh / Really Useful Group production arrives Wednesday at Proctors, 432 State St., where it is scheduled to run through June 8 with performances 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays; and 6:30 p.m. June 1.

Grodin has recently been seen in Shakespeare in the Park’s "Into The Woods," the Drama Desk-nominated "The Golden Land," and across the country in the national tour of "Les Misérables."

Udine makes her touring debut with "Phantom." Regionally, she starred as Maria in "West Side Story" and appeared on "Law and Order: SVU."

This new production of "The Phantom of the Opera" -- the first to tour the United States in three years -- is directed by Laurence Connor (the 25th anniversary production of "Les Misérables," now on Broadway), with choreography by Scott Ambler,

Ticket information is available by telephone at

(518) 346-6204; online at; or in person at the Proctors box office -- 432 State St.


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