Interviews

Phantom of the Opera's Julia Udine on Final Stop as Christine Before Heading to Broadway

What's the most popular musical in Broadway history? It's not Cats. It's not Les Miserables. It's not even the Lion King.

Who's the sexiest sewer-diving, mask-wearing music geek? It's the Phantom of the Opera, obviously. The old Andrew Lloyd Webber classic has been performed more than 10,000 times, but when it hits the Broward Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, it'll be something you've never seen before.

A whole new cast of creatives put their touch on the same songs and characters you've come to adore. We spoke with Julia Udine, who made her touring debut in this production as Christine, to learn what makes this interpretation so special, what it's like living out of two suitcases for a year, and how she plans to take over Broadway.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.