Meet 3 keeping ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ running

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“I’m realizing at that point that these teeth are worth a lot more than my dignity of picking them up,” he says. “I thought, `I’m a stagehand.’ I reached down, picked them up and put them back in. Everyone was going, `Ugh!’ _ which is perfect for the character.”

What has fueled Dias, Caddick and Poole every night for all these years has been the sense of obligation they have to inspire another generation and pass along their passion.

“My philosophy about it is that every time that you go on the stage, you have to realize that there are some people who have never seen a theatrical production ever before. There are people who have spent half a year saving up money to come and see something,” says Poole.

“The show has become a revival of itself because now the people who saw it when they were kids are bringing their kids. It’s iconic. It’s part of the fabric of New York.”




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