Top 11 Best Actress Interpretations of Christine Daae
Top 11 Best Christine Daaes (Musical)
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical version of Gaston Leroux’s, The Phantom of the Opera, has showcased the talents of dozens and dozens of ladies whom have played the role of ingenue Christine Daae. Of the 200, and counting, actresses who have played Christine who is the best?
That is an impossible question to answer as it’s based in opinion. Some people prefer Christines with rich full voices and some prefer the Christines with light and clear voices. Despite people’s personal preferences, there are some actresses who names are thrown around as people’s favorite more often than others.
This list isn’t my personal opinion, it’s the Top 11 Most Notable Christine Daaes from the Webber’s musical. This list is more of a survey of Christine Daae's actress whose names get used more than other. If anything it's more about popularity and noteworthy actresses who have played the role and not based on skill and acting alone.
This is in order of apparent popularity from low to high. Again not my own opinions. The ranking were done in a surrey of admittedly youtube comments of various videos from a few years ago. This is not an end all be all list nor did it use precise methods to achieve a strict ranking. It's meant to be fun.
Please don’t be too disappointed if your favorite Christine isn’t on this list. Also these are all English language singers. I love foreign language versions of Phantom but unfortunately none are featured here on this list.
List is subject to Change
Elizabeth Southard played Christine on Broadway, US National Tour (2005-2006) and in the Vancouver Production.
Her voice is a nice combination of clear and full.
Southard has been in Showboat, The Sound of Music, Swamp Gas and Shallow Feeling, Three Penny Opera, Nine, and in the Yeston/Kopit Pahntom of the Opear as Christine.
She also has the distinction that her husband, Gary Mauer played opposite to her as the Phantom.
Samantha Hill is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, She played Christine on Broadway in 2012 as the alternate and became the principle on March 4th 2013 to July 29th 2013.
Hill's voice is clear and strong.
She has been in Les Miserables, Annie, Chicago, Spring Awakening and Light in the Piazza.
She also sang Phantom of the Opera with Peter Joback during 67th Tony Awards.
Trista Moldovan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She played Christine on Broadway (2011-2012), and on a US National Tour (2008). She as has the distinction of playing Christine as part of the closing company in Los Angeles in October 2010.
Moldovan has very tender rich voice
She has been in White Christmas, Me and My Girl, Paul Revere, Faces of War, Sense and Sensibility 1776, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Laramie:Epilogue, Guys and Dolls, Gyspy, Hair West Side Story, Simeon’s Gift, Born Yesterday, Les Miserables, Cabaret, Grease and some TV work.
Anna O’Byrne is originally from Australia. She played Christine at London’s West End (2012-2013) as an alternate. She also played Christine in the original Australian cast of The Phantom Sequel, Love Never Dies which she played before she was in the original musical in 2011.
O’Byrne is a classical trained vocalist and it shows in her portrayal of Christine as she is more operatic with a rich and full voice.
She has also appeared in Strangers on a Train, A Little Night Music, and Barnum
Caine is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After Sarah Brightman left the original London cast, Caine joined as the alternate. She then played Christine in the first Canadian cast and on Broadway in 1989. She also did the recording on the Phantom Canadian album.
Like O’Byrne, Caine is an operatic Daae. Her voice effortlessly glides into the upper range with power and clarity.
She made her West End debut at the age of 19 in Oklahoma! has also appeared in My Fair Lady, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Les Miserables, Chicago, Sound of Music, Salad days and in numerous operas.
Rachel Barrell is originally from England. She played Christine in The West End from September 2004 to October 2006. She also appeared in the show’s 18th and 20th anniversaries.
Barell’s voice is clear and light in with a pure tonality.
She appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Beauty and the Beast. She did a charity performance of Follies.
Sarah Brightman is the original Christine and the musical was pretty much written for her. She is the iconic Daae as she made Christine a brunette instead the blonde she is in the novel as well as some other versions of the book. Brightman is originally from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
Brightman’s voice as Christine is polarizing, some people don’t care for it and some people love it. Her voice as Christine is very haunting and delicate.
Outside of Phantom, Brightman has been in a few musicals including Cats, The Pirates of Penzance, Masquerade, and Nightgale. She was also in the group Hot Gossip. However Brightman is more of classic crossover recoding artist. Her 1996 duet with Andera Bocelli, Time to say Goodbye is one the best selling singles of all time.
Katie Hall is originally from Rutland, England. She first played Christine as an understudy after she was eliminated off Andrew Lloyd Webber reality TV show, I’d do everything, which awarded the role of Nancy in Oliver. She was also a contestant for Webber’s search for the Eurovision entry, Your Country Needs you.
Hall’s voice is very pure and sweet sounding which makes for an innocent sounding Christine.
Hall has also been played Cosette in the 25th Anniversary cast of Les Miserables. She also appeared in the theatrical movie of Les Miserables as women turing 4 and in the ensemble of in The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall.
Gina Beck is originally from High Wycombe, Buckingham, England. Beck took over playing Christine at Her’s Majesty Theatre in September 2008.
Beck’s voice is clear and emotional. She is also praised on her acting.
Beck has appeared in Les Miserable as Cossette, Wicked as Glinda The Merry Widow, The Sound of Music, Imagine This, Peter Pan, Little Women and she has appeared in operas and operettas. She was also in the theatrical Les Miserable movie as women turning 3.
Emmy Rossum is originally from New York City. Rossum was casted as Christine in the 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie.
Much like Sarah Brightman, Rossum as Christine is polarizing, some people adore her performance and others loathe it, however Rossum for many was their first experience with the character helped garner the musical more fans. As an actress Rossum does a fine job as wide-eye innocent Christine. Her voice as Christine is soft and warm.
Rossum started out singing at the Metropolitan Opera in the children choir. She then started to pursue acting at the age of 12. She has been such movies big budget movies as Mystic River, The Day after Tomorrow, Poseidon and Dragonball: Evolution. She has appeared in Inside, Beautiful Creatures, and Before I Disappear. She also is in two upcoming movies, You’re Not you and Comet. Rossum stars on Showtime’s Shameless which has given her more creditability after Dragonball, which not to editorialize was a failure as movie, no actor could helped that film.
Rossum also has recorded two albums, Inside Out (2007) and Sentimental Journey (2013).
Sierra Boggess is the definitive Christine. She is originally from Denver, Colorado. She is the favorite for the majority of Phantom fans. She was first casted as Christine in the Las Vegas Cast. She then played Christine in the sequel Love Never Dies. She then went on to played Christine in the 25th Anniversary DVD recording of Phantom at The Royal Albert and in the 25th anniversary cast. Boggess and her co-star Ramin Karimloo are praised for their on-stage chemistry and emotional performances.
Boggess has a very strong and emotional voice.
Boggess made her Broadway debut as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She has also appeared in Les Miserable, Love, Loss and What I Wore, and recently It Shoulda Been You.
Is your Favorite Christine on this List?
Celia Graham, who nearly made this list, Lee Hye-Young, Joke de Kruije, and Luzia Nistler all whom I just personally like.