Phantom Royalty: Peter Karrie (1991-2000)
If there was another Phantom actor who rivaled Crawford in popularity during the early years of the show, it would be Peter Karrie.
Karrie performed the role on both sides of the Atlantic - both in London and the original UK Tour as well as in Toronto and the Canadian International Tour (which made it as far as Hong Kong and Singapore). He brought a real intensity in the emotions of the character, and his Final Lair was known to be quite schizophrenic in how he leapt from emotion to emotion throughout the scene.
Karrie continues to perform in solo concerts, often inviting local singers to perform with him in duets like, say, “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Some light reading material.
The idea is that the Phantom has tried to make himself look extraordinarily attractive and masculine and handsome, so his way of doing it is the mask.
Look who showed up in my history book!
He’s with me on the page, he’s everywhere…
Father once spoke of an Angel. I used to dream he’d appear…