The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running Broadway show in history, and it’s stood the test of time for good reason. Its popularity has meant that even folks who have never set foot inside New York City know the story of a disfigured Phantom composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House, only to become obsessed with its beautiful young chorus girl, Christine.
Although multiple people have stepped into the lead roles over the years, Nick Pitera wanted it all and wasn’t content with playing just one part. Since there’s probably no production on the planet that would allow him to perform as Christine, he decided to take matters into his own hands. In a unique medley that’s unlike anything else out there, Nick sings the roles of Raoul, Christine, and the Phantom all rolled into one, and his eye-popping solo act is stunning audiences everywhere!
What was originally written as a novel in 1909 by Frenchman Gaston Leroux was transformed into one of the world’s most beloved and well-known musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber. His famous production opened in London’s West End in 1986, with a large ensemble cast that’s come to be expected of this successful show.
Some musicals seem to do fine with one just person behind the wheel, but Phantom of the Opera isn’t usually one that comes to mind. After all, how can you possibly switch back and forth between Christine’s soprano and the Phantom’s baritone? Well, when you’ve been blessed with a captivating vocal range like Nick, then you can do anything you want!
Nick wasn’t going to let his talents go to waste, so he put his vocal range to the ultimate test with a gorgeous medley of the show’s most popular songs. In his “One Man Phantom of the Opera” production, he looks almost exactly the same in all three parts, with subtle differences in his clothing that’s worthy of those fun “spot the differences” visual brain teasers.
Of course, that’s where the similarities end. Nick starts off by singing as Christine, but that lovely feminine voice can’t possibly be his. As soon as he opens his mouth you’ll wonder if he’s just lipsyncing to a recording, but believe it or not, it’s all Nick! His high-pitch doesn’t falter for one second, and if you close your eyes, you can’t even tell that it’s a man singing “Think Of Me.”
But, then Nick astonishes everyone when he effortlessly switches over to Raoul and sounds exactly like a man is supposed to sound. But, the fun really starts when Nick starts singing a duet as both Raoul and Christine! Of course, there’s no Phantom of the Opera without the Phantom, and he does not disappoint in his role as the opera house’s ghostly resident.
As Nick cycles through “Think Of Me,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here,” one has to wonder just how many more roles he could take on if he really put his mind to it. The only reason this talented man doesn’t have his own live one man show probably has to do with all the costume changes being a logistical nightmare. In the meantime, Nick has definitely got his act together.
This “One Man Phantom of the Opera” actually has a very ladylike surprise.