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Derrick Davis, as The Phantom, and Eva Tavares, as Christine Daaé, in “Phantom of the Opera.”

Derrick Davis, as The Phantom, and Eva Tavares, as Christine Daaé, in “Phantom of the Opera.”

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First African American stars as ‘Phantom’

Derrick Davis, who studied opera in college, is the first African American to play the legendary character on tour, and the third within the entire production, including Broadway.