Enjoy Celebrity radio’s Howard McGillan Interview Longest Serving Phantom Broadway….
Howard McGillin is a Tony-nominated stage, screen and television actor.
He is known for his role of John Jasper in Drood and for being the world’s longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
He earned a second Tony nomination in 1988 for his portrayal of Billy Crocker in the Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.
McGillin starred in the award-winning West End 1995 production of Mack & Mabel and sings on the cast album recording.
He received praise as Molina in the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, replacing Brent Carver in 1994.
McGillin holds the record for the most performances by an actor in the title role of the musical The Phantom of the Opera, joining the Broadway cast in 1999.
McGillin played his last performance in the role on July 25, 2009, marking his 2,544th show.
Enjoy Alex Belfield’s first Exclusive interview with Howard:
Here’s Howard McGillin’s second interview with Alex:
The musical opened in London’s West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988. It won the 1986 Olivier Award and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical, and Michael Crawford (in the title role) won the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.
It is the longest running show in Broadway history by a wide margin, and celebrated its 10,000th Broadway performance on 11 February 2012, the first production ever to do so.
It is the second longest-running West End musical, after Les Misérables, and the third longest-running West End show overall, after The Mousetrap.
With total estimated worldwide gross receipts of over $5.6 billion (the highest in history) and total Broadway gross of US$845 million (surpassed only by The Lion King), Phantom is the most financially successful entertainment event to date.
By 2011 it had been seen by over 130 million people in 145 cities in 27 countries, and continues to play in both London and New York
Recorded on Broadway by Alex Belfield for the BBC & Celebrity Radio.