Phantom of the Opera in Seattle turned out to be a a leg in the North American tour that earned a lot of positive reviews. Expectations were high since this is the tour edition. Even further, we have another reality TV show alum in tow. This time from The Voice.
But first, let’s zoom in to the latest Christine Daae – Katie Travis. Her classical training classified her voice as soprano with a high belt. That explains how she made the Eb notes sound easy. It probably comes with playing Christine at The Phantom of the Opera in Seattle.
Her career spanned from classical opera to contemporary musical theater. Roles she has taken over range from Adele of Die Fledermaus to Yum Yum of The Mikado for opera. To Hope Cladwell of Urinetown, Emma Carew of Jekyll and Hyde and Cosette of Les Miserables. It was in the St. Louis MUNY Theater edition of Les Miserables where she got to work with a previous Phantom, Norm Lewis.
Based on her brief interview posted on the official YouTube channel of The Phantom of the Opera. Katie Travis considers this role as the highlight of her career. It brought back to the days when she sang some songs with her brother in their childhood. The credentials that she earned through the years showed in her performance at The Phantom of the Opera in Seattle. It served as a credible reference with which the rest of the tour would be expected of. Also, she turned out to be a very talented actress to compliment this tour’s Phantom.
Presenting, Chris Mann, the guy donning the mask at The Phantom of the Opera in Seattle. Seattle was part of the US Tour. The locals were treated to one of the newest actors to assume the iconic role. Just in case he looked familiar to you. It is because he was previously seen in a reality television show. This time, it’s The Voice.
He was first seen at the blind auditions of The Voice singing Andrea Bocelli’s “Because We Believe”. From the get-go, it really showed how Mann would like to be remembered as an artist. Being classically trained as a singer, he would prefer to be known as a tenor. It proved to be a good way to differentiate himself from pop star aspirants early in the game. Fast forward to May 2015. He’s playing OG at The Phantom of the Opera in Seattle.
Chris Mann had big shoes to fill. Fans waiting in queue to watch The Phantom of the Opera in Seattle didn’t know much about him. Other than his stint with Team Christina at The Voice Season 2, of course. But he came off great. There is a quality to his voice that added some bravura to the performance. The classical training, just like what happened with Katie Travis, helped immensely. Two of the performers that earned the most accolades were Katie Travis and Chris Mann. Operatic training for the current tour leads added credibility to the roles they played.
With Storm Lineberger joining the tour to play Raoul, The Phantom of the Opera in Seattle completes a powerhouse cast. The same cast will be seen on the next stops. It might be coming to a theater near you. The best way to confirm that is by viewing it by clicking here. Ticket deals await you upon getting there. Click here to know more about Katie Travis. More information can be viewed about Chris Mann by clicking here.
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