Filipino American Ali Ewoldt has been named as the new Christine in the long running Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera, reports Rappler.
She’ll replace Julia Udine June 13.
Ewoldt whose mother is Filipino was born and raised in the United States.
She has a strong Broadway resume including roles in The King & I and Les Miserables.
“I want to be able to represent all the other people of color who aspire to play Christine someday,” said Ewoldt to Broadway.com. “Hopefully someday, everything will be open and people will have truly equal opportunities, and we can say it doesn’t matter anymore. For the moment, the key is to show young people that it’s possible to be a storyteller.”
Ewoldt will join another new cast member. Jordan Donica will be the first African American to play the role of Raoul.