Hugh Panaro

Philadelphia-born Hugh Panaro has been described as the "leader of Broadway’s dwindling supply of great leading men." As a boy, he dreamed of a career as a veterinary medicine. His early love of music led him to pursue a career in theatre, beginning with a role in a Bucks County Playhouse production of "The Sound of Music" when he was thirteen. He worked his way up through regional and off-Broadway shows before originating the role of Marius Pontmercy in the first national tour of "Les Miserables." Notable roles since then have included both Raoul and the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," Buddy in "Side Show," Lestat in the Elton John adaptation of the Anne Rice novels, and Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's pivotal musical, "Company." He has been featured on a number of recordings such as "Life On The W.I.C.K.E.D. Stage" and "Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms." He is currently working on his debut solo album for Sony Classical. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.