We spoke to the actor about rehearsals at Her Majesty's Theatre , the last time he saw the production, and his family ties to the show. You pretty much had the ultimate audition for this part — you played the Phantom in Love Never Dies in Australia? We had an amazing time down in Oz. Anna who was my Christine in Australia ended up playing Christine over here as well. We put in a lot of work and Andrew [Lloyd Webber] showed a lot of faith and trust in us in what he allowed us to do. I had an amazing time. In Australia, most young guys who want to get into MT grow up idolising a singer called Anthony Warlow, he was the original Phantom in Australia.
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Do you feel like a part of history, stepping into this role in this production, which has been running at the same West End playhouse for over 31 years? You must have been very young! We were living [in London] for a little while at the time.
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But unlike those performers, Lewis has an additional insight into the character of the murderous musician. He, like the Phantom, grew up in and around an opera house. But that, we hope, is where the similarity ends. Love of music, romantic love, friendship, betrayal and redemption. Why did you want to appear in it?
Lewis was born in London  to a theatrical family. After starting at a British secondary school, the family moved back to Australia and Lewis graduated from Newington College in Sydney and then undertook an Arts Degree at Sydney University. He performed with the Australian Theatre for Young People and was awarded a Lend Lease scholarship to further his studies overseas, where he studied voice at the Royal College of Music.