The UCPAC presents

86th Anniversary Gala Performance and Reception

Venue: Mainstage

Saturday • October 18, 2014 • 8:00 PM

BuyTickTicket Price: $45, $55, $65, $100 "Angel of Music" Package (this level includes "Meet-the-Phantoms" Reception, Priority Seating & Playbill Listing)


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TED KEEGAN as The Phantom

and  GARY MAUER as The Phantom

with Musical Director PETER CANDELA (Disney’s The Lion King)

A once-in-a-lifetime evening of intrigue and seduction! Enter into a shadowy realm of mystery as three of the world’s greatest Phantoms share untold stories of their experiences behind the mask and face their darkest fears—while performing classics of passion and obsession from such Broadway hits as Les Miserables, Jekyll & Hyde, West Side Story, Show Boat, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, Evita, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Conceived, produced and directed by Stephen Kantrowitz &
 Jodi Chekofsky.

Richard Todd Adams

Richard Todd Adams recently came "full circle" as he returned to The Phantom of the Opera, playing The Phantom on the Broadway National Tour. He had previously been on the tour as Raoul, both with the national tour as well as the Los Angeles company of The Phantom of the Opera. He made his Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White, appearing in the ensemble and also understudying and performing the role of the villainous Sir Percival Glyde. He then was a part of the ensemble of the Alain Boublil/Claude-Michel Schoenberg musical The Pirate Queen -- first in its Chicago tryout and then on Broadway. He understudied the roles of Donal and Bingham in that production, but never went on!

A native Texan, Richard received his Bachelors of Music from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and his Masters in Music from The Juilliard School. He won the 2008 Jeff Award (Chicago's version of the Tonys) for his portrayal of Javert in Les Miserables at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. Regionally, he has starred as the title role(s) in Jekyll & Hyde at three different theatres including the Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island, where he met his future wife, Maria Eberline.

Other regional highlights include Percy in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Father in Ragtime, Dickinson in 1776, and Ravenal in Showboat. He spent nearly two years with the show 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, portraying both the roles of Ted and Richard with his friend Tom Frey. They took the show to theatres all across the US and Canada. The two actors also starred together in Billy Bishop Goes to War at Geva Theatre, alternating the roles of Billy and the Piano Player every two performances. He was honored to be the winner of the 2004 Lotte Lenya Competition through the Kurt Weill Foundation, appearing in concerts at Lincoln Center and in Germany as part of the award.

He thanks his parents, his wife, and son, Nathaniel Emmitt, for all their love as well as a big thank you to all fans and audiences across the United States and Canada.

Gary Mauer

Gary Mauer was seen on Broadway as the Phantom in the Hal Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera, a role he had previously performed on the National Tour. Before that, he starred in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, performing the romantic leading role of Raoul. In addition, Mr. Mauer performed in the Broadway production of Les Miserables in the role of Enjolras, the revolutionary leader, a role he also performed with the National Tour in the US and Singapore. In addition, he performed the leading role of Gaylord Ravenal in the national tour of Show Boat, opposite his wife, Elizabeth Southard.

Mr. Mauer was also a featured soloist in the world tour of “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” with Michael Crawford, bringing him to Japan, Australia, England, Scotland and culminating back in the US, where he performed for two weeks at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Regionally, his numerous credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Tony in West Side Story, Whizzer in March of the Falsettos, and Danny in Baby.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Mr. Mauer has performed with symphony orchestras all over the world including the Brazil Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony and Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, among many others. Mr. Mauer has performed numerous times with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and toured with Mr. Nero in Spain. Gary was the guest soloist in many concerts with the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Ted Keegan

Ted Keegan is proud to be Broadway's 12th Phantom! A native of Watertown, New York with an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a graduate degree from UNC-Greensboro, he was last seen as the Phantom in Phantom: the Las Vegas Spectacular. He starred in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera following a very successful run in the Broadway Company. Ted has performed the role in over 24 States across the country. He has had the great pleasure of appearing as The Phantom on television, performing live from Rockefeller Center for the Today Show on NBC. He has the distinction of being the actor who has sung the role in front of the largest audience ever, when he made a spectacular flying entrance from the dome of Madison Square Garden singing “The Phantom of the Opera” during the half-time show of the NBA All-Star Game.

Ted was deeply involved in the George Gershwin Centennial Celebration. He performed unpublished Gershwin at the opening of the George and Ira Gershwin Room at the National Archives in Washington, DC, which The New York Times reviewed as one of the ten best musical events of the year. Ted has also sung Gershwin with Audra McDonald in New York and with Marin Mazzie at the opening of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He appeared in the Frank Loesser Celebration at Symphony Space in New York City and was a soloist at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, singing Unheard Bernstein. Ted hosted the Yuletide Celebration in Indianapolis, singing with the 90-piece Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A few of the orchestras Ted has performed with as a solo artist include the Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston WV, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Omaha, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, Edmonton Symphonies and the Dayton Philharmonic, as well as the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.

Ted made his Broadway debut in the highly acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd, where he was seen as Anthony. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Cyrano: The Musical, Mordred in Camelot with Robert Goulet, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Herman in The Most Happy Fella, Constantine in A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine and another Phantom too – in the European Tour of the Kopit/Yeston version.


Have a ghostly good time at the UCPAC this October — and help us continue to provide a home and stage to the performing arts community by attending our anniversary celebration!







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