He is one of the few actors to have been cast as both The Phantom and Raoul in the Broadway production. Hugh was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the title role of Elton John’s Lestat, based on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. He made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérables as Marius and created the roles of Buddy in Side Show (Sony cast recording) and Julian Craster in Jule Styne’s last musical, The Red Shoes.Hugh created the title role in the American premiere of Cameron Mackintosh’s Martin Guerre and made his West End debut in the original London Company of Harold Prince’s Showboat as Gaylord Ravenal. At the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Hugh received the Barrymore Award for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and was recently nominated for his performance as Fagin in Oliver!.
As a concert artist, Mr. Panaro has performed with symphony orchestras all over the world and toured Europe with Barbra Streisand. Hugh is a graduate of Temple University.