By David T. Valentin
Taken from @EmilyKoutachou Instagram
Broadway’s longest running show is getting a new look this year with casting Emily Koutachou, Phantom of the Opera’s first ever Black lead.
Koutachou has performed as an understudy for the character since October, and made history there too as the first ever Black woman to perform as such in the show’s 34 year run.
Emily posted the news on her socials just last month, with a picture of a news article with her name in the headline and the caption, “THIS IS ABSOLUTE INSANITY YALL WHAT THE FAWK. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVE.”
In an interview with People magazine, she told them it was “frustrating” that they would take so long to cast a Black Christine. “It frustrates me that it took this long, it does,” she shared. “I’m honored that it’s me, and I’m honored that I’m making history, but I’m really excited for when it’s not even a question, it’s not even a thing, the first Black Christine.”
You can now see Emily Koutachou perform three nights of the week.