Artist Sarah Brightman’s Walk of Fame star to be unveiled

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A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Thursday in honor of artist Sarah Brightman, the world’s best-selling soprano, pioneer of the crossover classical music movement and originator of Christine Daaé’s role in productions West End and Broadway from “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, Emilie Kouatchou and Anthony Van Laast are set to join Brightman in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony outside the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Kouatchou plays Daaé in the Broadway production of “The Phantom of the Opera”, the first black actress to play the role. Van Laast was the choreographer for the 2008 concert, “Sarah Brightman: Symphony in Vienna”.

The ceremony takes place six days before Brightman’s first of three concerts at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas.

The star is the 2,736th since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be streamed on the Walk of Fame website, www.walkoffame.com.

Born August 14, 1960 in Berkhamsted, England, 26 miles northwest of London, and raised there, Brightman began singing and dancing at the age of 3. She began her career as a member of the television dance troupe Hot Gossip and released several hit disco singles as a solo performer.

Brightman made his West End musical theater debut in 1981 in “Cats,” meeting composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who composed “The Phantom of the Opera” and was Brightman’s husband from 1984 to 1990.

The original London cast album of “The Phantom of the Opera”, released in 1987, has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, the most for a cast album.

Brightman has released more than 15 solo albums, many of which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classic and crossover charts.

Brightman is the first artist to perform the theme song at the Olympics twice, first at the Barcelona Games in 1992 and then at the Beijing Games in 2008. She also performed at the 2007 Concert for Diana and the Kennedys Center Honors.

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