Today on our blog, we welcome The Phantom of the Opera ensemblist Chris Georgetti to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Great White Way:
1. What's your name and hometown?
Chris Georgetti (Nutley, NJ)
2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?
My role in ‘Phantom’ is currently the Ensemble and understudy for Piangi.
3. How did you find out you had booked the part?
The audition came out of nowhere. My voice teacher (Christian Sebek) was Piangi for over five years when he was at Phantom and when we started working together I told him that I was interested in musical theater, so he checked in every now and then to see if they needed a tenor. Two days before my birthday, I was invited to audition. I auditioned on my birthday (February 28) and I found out two days later that I got the part. I consider myself to be very lucky because before this my opera career was going nowhere and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to perform anymore. I have Christian to thank for believing in me and helping get to where I am today.
4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?
The most surprising thing about preparing for the show was the amount of time that I had to prepare. In the opera world, normally you have two or three months to prepare the role, then an additional four to six weeks of staging and music rehearsals. For Phantom, I had less than two weeks to prepare for my debut. At first, I was a little terrified at the notion that I’d be performing on stage in such a short amount of time, but after the second day of rehearsal, everything clicked for me. It also helps when everyone that I worked with to get me ready for my debut was patient and supportive of me. They made me feel right at home from day one.
5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?
I’ve dreamed about being on Broadway since I was seven years old. My father was a stagehand for almost 20 years here in New York and he would bring me to work with him from time to time. The moment I knew that I wanted to be on Broadway was when my dad brought me on stage of the Palace Theater and the seven-year-old me thought it was the coolest thing ever. So what I’m saying is that it’s my dad’s fault that I got into theater. Not only do I still think that being on stage is the coolest thing ever, but it’s also a dream come true and I hope that this is the start of a long career here on Broadway.