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Foster Braun interviews Broadway’s Michael Crawford

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Michael Crawford, CBE, was born in 1942, in Wiltshire. His career began as a boy soprano in Let’s Make an Opera by Benjamin Britten.

In 1967 he made his debut on Broadway with a role in Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy. After partaking in a number of shows and films, he appeared on stage in London in No Sex Please, We’re British. This led him to the role of Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which became one of the most popular TV series on the BBC. Whilst in this role, he was asked to star in the musical Billy, which opened at the Theatre Royal in 1973. This helped establish Crawford’s career as a singer and showman.

In 1981, Crawford starred in Barnum at the London Palladium. This performance earned him his first Olivier Award. In 1986, he starred in the Phantom of the Opera. He performed the show over 1,300 times over 2 and a half years, winning an Olivier Award and a Tony Award in the process.

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