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Ben Jacoby '09, in national tour of 'Phantom'

Ben Jacoby, a theatre and English literature double major and 2009 Denison graduate, is playing the part of Raoul, in the national tour of “Phantom of the Opera.”

Ben Jacoby, a theatre and English literature double major and 2009 Denison graduate, is playing the part of Raoul, in the national tour of “Phantom of the Opera.”

Jacoby also holds a graduate degree in theatre from the University of California, Irvine. After earning that degree, he moved to Chicago to begin an acting career that encompasses plays, musical theatre and television.

His Denison career featured theatre performances in “Something's Afoot,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Discovery of America,” “Rhinoceros,” “Fuddy Meers,” and “Fires in the Mirror.” With the Singer's Theatre Workshop, Jacoby appeared in “The Tenth Anniversary Revue,” “The Gondoliers,” “Into the Woods,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Love and Controversy,” “Urinetown,” and “At the Corner of Broadway and Opera.” He also was a member of the Denison Chamber Singers and the Hilltoppers.

Before Jacoby was cast in the new “Phantom” tour, he was prominently featured in the world premiere revue “Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” in “South Pacific” as Lt. Cable and in “9 to 5: The Musical” as Joe, the younger man romantically pursuing Violet.

Jacoby’s father Mark, also is well-known in theatre circles. His credits include original Broadway casts of “Ragtime” and “Elf,” celebrated revivals of “Show Boat” and “Sweeney Todd” and prominent replacement gigs like the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera” — currently the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014