Phantom suffers another setback

2011-11-25 08:21
Mariana Malan
Cape Town – The Phantom of the Opera has suffered another setback.

André Schwartz, the number one Phantom, has strained his vocal chords due to the challenges of preparing for the role. He will not be playing the role until further notice.

The number two Phantom, Jonathan Roxmouth, is taking over from him and the third Phantom, Nicholas Nkuna, will move in as his successor.

Impresario Pieter Toerien said singers and actors suffer injuries like sportsmen. "If a sportsman injures a muscle, everyone understands. I hope the public understands that Schwartz's voice is injured. We cannot risk him suffering permanent damage. The moment he feels fine, he will play the role again. "

'Money notes'

According to Toerien, Schwartz is devastated because he can't go on with the show.

"Ironically enough, it only revolves around five notes that need to be sung in different songs. It is the five high A-notes - we call them the 'money notes'. If the Phantom can't reach them, it's just not good enough."

Roxmouth, who now plays the Phantom, said he realises he has big shoes to fill.

On Tuesday the musical was performed as a concert version for the first time in its 25-year existence due to wet paint on the stage.


  • Elzané - 2011-11-25 08:32

    I bought tickets for my husband and I, but now I don't know if I still want to go :( was looking forward to the show, but it looks and sounds like a let down..

      Abe - 2011-11-25 08:45

      Saw it when it was in Pretoria and it was awesome. Don't let this article stop you from going.

      Mike - 2011-11-25 10:00

      I agree Abe, I also saw it performed by Jonathan and he did a superb job.

      Keighley-Ann - 2011-11-25 10:06

      I went last night and it was brilliant! I saw Schwartz in the 2004 production and was also let down when I saw he was not performing last night. I'm glad I was proven wrong...Roxmouth stole the show and blew me away...absolutely tremendous rendition of the Phantom! GO AND ENJOY IT!

      Ferdinand - 2011-11-25 10:09

      Jonathan Roxmouth is currently the most talented performer in South Africa and I know with him as Phantom it will definitely be an experience to remember. I do however hope that Andre Schwartz recovers fully as his injury isn't something I would wish onto anyone.

  • Tania - 2011-11-25 08:54

    I saw the show in 2004 and it was awesome. So I expect this production will be no different. They set very high standards which are kept to. Jonathan Roxmouth is an exceptionally talented young man, so Elzane, don't be put off, you are still going to see a great show.

  • Anna - 2011-11-26 08:09

    Oh No!! Not good!

  • Mecia - 2011-11-27 21:00

    I saw the show Sunday afternoon and was blown away!!

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