Luke Grooms (E&H ’01) Has Spent the COVID-19 Shut-Down in South Korea

Posted by Monica Hoel
Luke is singing with the Phantom of the Opera World Tour.

Luke Grooms has been riding out the pandemic in South Korea.

He is part of the cast of The Phantom of the Opera World Tour. He and cast-mates began performances in Seoul in March but had to take a brief hiatus from performances due to COVID-19.

Good news, however: performances resume on April 23.

Luke says they’ve just competed rehearsals this week and not only do cast members feel ready…they also feel safe. “All our stage props have been sanitized, the bus we use for transporting the cast has required social distancing, the auditorium and all our dressing rooms have been sanitized.”

Luke Grooms, E&H 2001, in Seoul, South Korea, sporting his mask during the 2020 pandemic.Luke Grooms, E&H 2001, in Seoul, South Korea, sporting his mask during the 2020 pandemic.Luke says they had two cast members test positive, so the Phantom company, in strict compliance with the Korean government, has been diligent about testing the full cast, keeping them quarantined, and checking temperatures routinely.

So on April 23 they will be ready to perform – and they will hope they will have a full theatre.  “The verdict is out. We will see when the audience shows up. Everyone in the audience will be required to wear a mask. The entire country is pretty much wearing masks.”

If you can’t get to Korea to enjoy their live performance, check out this wonderful digital media collaboration of the cast singing Masquerade together – and yet apart! You’ll see Luke in the first column, second from the bottom. It was a little gift to Andrew Lloyd Webber to thank him for the music.

Break a leg, Luke! (And stay healthy!)

  • Luke Grooms, E&H Class of 2001.
“…Being in a show like Phantom, I get to help the audience forget all the terrible things that are going on right outside the door and help them believe in love, redemption, and the power of music.”
Luke Grooms
E&H Class of 2001

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