Stage favorite Michael Crawford has been busy advising Great Britain's 13-person synchronized swimming team for the London Olympics. Crawford shared his artistic expertise with the team, who will perform a Peter Pan-themed Olympic free routine at next week's events. The team shared the below photo of Crawford on their Facebook page, as he wished them all good luck!
Juggling both film and stage careers, Michael Crawford had established himself as one of London's finest leading men long before he opened as "the Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera beginning one of the most widely acclaimed and memorable performances in theatre history. Few stars are as widely connected to a single role as Crawford is to "the Phantom." His Los Angeles and Broadway performances earned an astonishing catalogue of critical recognition including the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award and Drama Critics Award.
Since leaving "Phantom" after nearly four years in the role in London, New York and Los Angeles; Crawford has become a multi-platinum recording artist and one of the worlds's most sought after concert and stage performers, playing to sold-out venues around the globe. In addition to his recent concert work, stage credits in London and on Broadway include Billy, Flowers for Algernon, Black Comedy, Dance of the Vampires and Barnum. Crawford most recently starred as the title character in the West End's The Wizard of Oz.
Michael Crawford and swimming team
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