Michael . Crawford has starred in some of the biggest box-office hits of all time. . From . Frank . Spencer in . Some . Mothers . Do . Ave . Em, to the original . Phantom in . Phantom of the . Opera, both in . Londons . West . End and on . Broadway; from circus showman in . Barnum to . EFX, the multi-million extravaganza at the . MGM . Grand in . Las . Vegas, then the biggest hotel in the world, which he dominated for over two years, playing . Merlin, . Houdini and . H. G. . Wells, and which broke all existing box office records. . He is the only actor to have won an . Olivier . Award as . Best . Actor at the same time as . Best . Actor in a . Musical. . And then there was . Hello . Dolly with . Barbra . Streisand, . The . Knack, . How . I . Won . The . War with . John . Lennon. . . And all this for a man whose first stage role was in an opera by . Benjamin . Britten! . This is a behind-the-scenes intimate portrait of one of the funniest and most versatile of actors, whose popularity in the . United . States outshines any other . British entertainer in the last 30 years, and whose television shows in . Britain are just repeated and repeated in all . English-speaking countries purely by public demand.