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The Phantom of the Opera – Review

The Phantom of the Opera is a Broadway classic from the talented hands of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical was first performed in London’s West End in 1986 and premiered on Broadway in New York in 1988 to great acclaim.

It starred Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, who was then wife of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In its illustrious theater career, The Phantom of the Opera has received critical acclaim and multiple Tony and Olivier Awards. Indeed, this haunting tale is a must-see for fans of Broadway or musical theater in general.

With extravagantly Gothic costuming from Maria Bjornson and beautiful staging courtesy of Harold Prince, this Broadway run will thrill audiences with the faultlessness of its story, music, and production. Fans of Phantom and first-timers will be awed by this excellent production that really does justice to the original text.

Five years ago, the immensely-loved show, The Phantom of the Opera, celebrated its 25th anniversary in a glorious concert production at the Royal Albert Hall. The show featured Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess as Phantom and Christine. This year, the award-winning musical is going into its 30th year at the magnificent Her Majesty’s Theatre and is still a favourite amongst theatre lovers.

The haunting story of The Phantom of the Opera unfolds at a Parisian opera house where a mysterious musical genius, the Phantom, hides in tunnels under the ground floor, ashamed by his physical deformation.
The Phantom is obsessed with a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes his protégée.
Set in the Paris Opera House, it tells the story of singer Christine Daae who is inspired by the Phantom’s voice to give performances that make her a star. She, in turn, regards him as an angel sent by her deceased father. The deformed musical genius develops an obsessive love for Christine.
When Christine begins to show interest in another man, the masked Phantom becomes uncontrollably jealous, threatening to completely upend Christine’s career, love, and life.
The final scene in which the phantom is unmasked and the chandelier falls is epic.

With outstanding production and elegant staging, this run of The Phantom of the Opera is truly an example of Broadway at its best. The musical has kept its flair and splendour throughout various stage and screen adaptations over the years, and this production is no exception. Musical numbers like “Masquerade” and “Music of the Night” have made the show famous far beyond Broadway and they are performed with reverence here. The show is a marvellous piece of musical theater that will delight any and all theater goers.

The Phantom of the Opera has won various prestigious awards for its great music such as “The Music of the Night,” “Angel of Music,” and the famous title track, “The Phantom of the Opera.” But the numerous Tony and Olivier awards that it has garnered over the years are for more than just its music. The magnificent play is a stunning amalgamation of outstanding design, special effects, and memorable score.

It is also the longest running musical on Broadway. The show is loved worldwide and has been performed across North America in such places as Las Vegas. The touring company is set to travel in 2017 through America’s heartland giving performances in areas such as the Music Hall in Kansas City and the Stranahan Theatre in Toledo, Ohio.

But the best place to see The Phantom, however, is still in its original venue, Her Majesty’s Theatre. The giant theatre has a wide stage that makes it suitable for large-scale musical productions. The current building was designed by the well-known theatrical architect Charles J. Phipps for actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree who led efforts to fund the rebuilding of the theatre in 1897. Some of the outstanding works of George Bernard Shaw, Noel Coward and J. B. Priestley were performed during Tree’s era as manager of the theatre.

With an astounding occupancy of 1216, those who want a great view of the stage should go for the Stalls section in the centre of the front rows. Ticket prices are slightly higher than in other sections. The Royal Circle hangs above the Stalls and provides a great view of the stage. Above that is the Grand Circle which offers a reasonable view at a low ticket price. The Balcony is far from the stage, but tickets for this area are quite affordable for everyone.

The two-hour-and-thirty minute show is recommended for kids ten and over. The theatre offers discounted tickets to disabled patrons and their caregivers. The box office offers patrons an infra-red system with headsets. If you are looking for a memorable show, then opt for Her Majesty’s Theatre tickets!

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The Phantom of the Opera Broadway

Theater: Majestic Theatre
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (1 intermission)
Starring: James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, Kyle Barisich

The Phantom of the Opera – Act I

It is now 1881. As Carlotta, the Opéra’s resident soprano prima donna, rehearses for that evening’s performance, a backdrop collapses without warning. “The Phantom! He’s here!” the anxious cast members whisper. The Opera’s new owners, Firmin and André, try to downplay the incident, but Carlotta refuses to continue and storms offstage. Madame Giry, the Opéra’s ballet mistress, tells Firmin and André that Christine Daaé, a Swedish chorus girl and orphaned daughter of a prominent violinist, has been “well taught” and could sing Carlotta’s role. With cancellation of the performance their only alternative, the owners reluctantly audition Christine, and to their surprise she is equal to the challenge. (“Think of Me”)

Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman performing the title song
Backstage after her triumphant début, Christine confesses to her best friend Meg (Madame Giry’s daughter) that she knows her mysterious teacher only as an invisible “Angel of Music” (“Angel of Music”). The Opera’s new patron, Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, finds Christine, his old childhood playmate, in her dressing room. (“Little Lotte”) Christine reminisces with Raoul about the “Angel of Music” stories that her late father used to tell them and confides that the Angel has visited her and taught her to sing. Raoul laughs at her “fantasies” and invites her to dinner. He exits and a jealous Phantom appears in Christine’s mirror in the guise of The Angel of Music. (“The Mirror/Angel of Music (Reprise)”) Christine begs him to reveal himself and The Phantom obliges, then guides her into a ghostly underground realm. (“The Phantom of the Opera”) They cross a subterranean lake to his secret lair beneath the opéra house. The Phantom explains that he has chosen Christine to sing his music and enchants her with his own sublime voice. (“The Music of the Night”) Christine sees a mannequin resembling herself in a wedding dress, and when the mannequin suddenly moves, she faints. The Phantom picks her up and places her gently on a bed.

As the Phantom composes music at his organ, Christine awakens to the sound of the monkey music box. (“I Remember”) She slips behind the Phantom, lifts his mask, and beholds his real face. The Phantom rails at her curiosity, then ruefully expresses his longing to look normal—and to be loved by her. (“Stranger Than You Dreamt It”)

Meanwhile, inside the opéra house, Joseph Buquet, the Opéra’s chief stagehand—who, like Madame Giry, inexplicably knows much about the Phantom—regales everyone with tales of the “Opéra Ghost” and his terrible Punjab lasso. (“Magical Lasso”) Madame Giry warns Buquet to exercise restraint. In the managers’ office, Madame Giry delivers a note from the Phantom: He demands that Christine replace Carlotta in the new opera, Il Muto, or there will be a terrible disaster “beyond imagination”. (“Notes”) Firmin and André assure the enraged Carlotta that she will remain the star, (“Prima Donna”) but during her performance, (“Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh”) the Phantom reduces her voice to a frog-like croak. A ballet interlude begins, to keep the audience entertained—but a series of menacing shadows can be seen on the backdrop. Suddenly the corpse of Buquet, hanging from the Punjab lasso, drops from the rafters. Firmin and André plead for calm as the Phantom’s diabolical laughter is heard.

In the ensuing mêlée, Christine escapes with Raoul to the roof, where she tells him about her subterranean rendezvous with the Phantom. Raoul is sceptical, (“Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul, I’ve Been There”) but swears to love and to protect her always. (“All I Ask of You”) The Phantom, who has overheard their conversation, is heartbroken. As he angrily vows revenge against Raoul, (“All I Ask of You (Reprise)”) the Opéra’s mighty chandelier crashes to the stage as the curtain falls.
A Rehearsal for Hannibal – Carlotta, Piangi, Chorus and Ballet Girls
Think of Me (Introduction) – Carlotta, Meg, Ballet Girls and Buquet
Think of Me – Christine and Raoul
Angel of Music – Meg and Christine
Little Lotte – Raoul and Christine
The Mirror (Angel of Music) – The Phantom, Christine and Raoul
The Phantom of the Opera – The Phantom and Christine
Intro to The Music of the Night – The Phantom
The Music of the Night – The Phantom
I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It – Christine and The Phantom
Magical Lasso – Buquet and Madame Giry
Notes – Firmin, André, Raoul, Carlotta, Mme. Giry, Meg, Piangi, and The Phantom
Prima Donna – Firmin, André, Raoul, Carlotta, Mme. Giry, Meg, and Piangi
Il Muto (Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh) – Carlotta, Piangi, Ensemble and Meg
Il Muto – Ballet – Orchestra
Why Have You Brought Us Here?/Raoul, I’ve Been There – Raoul and Christine
All I Ask of You – Raoul and Christine
All I Ask of You (Reprise) – Raoul, Christine, and The Phantom

The Phantom of the Opera – Act II

Steve Barton and Sarah Brightman in the final scene
Six months later, in the midst of the gala masquerade ball, the Phantom, costumed as the Red Death, makes his first appearance since the chandelier disaster. (“Masquerade/Why So Silent?”) He announces to the stunned guests that he has written an opera entitled Don Juan Triumphant. He demands that it be produced immediately, with Christine (who is now engaged to Raoul) in the lead role, and warns of dire consequences if it is not. He seizes Christine’s engagement ring and vanishes in a flash of fire and smoke. Raoul demands that Madame Giry tell him about the Phantom. She reluctantly replies that he is a brilliant musician and magician born with a terrifyingly deformed face, who escaped from captivity in a travelling freak show and disappeared.

During rehearsals, Raoul hatches a plan to use Don Juan Triumphant as a trap to capture the Phantom, knowing the Phantom will be sure to attend its première. (“Notes/Twisted Every Way”) Christine, torn between her love for Raoul and her gratitude for the Phantom’s teaching, visits her father’s grave, longing for his guidance. (“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”) The Phantom appears, again under the guise of the Angel of Music. (“Wandering Child”) Christine nearly falls under his spell, but Raoul arrives to rescue her. The Phantom taunts Raoul, launching fiery missiles at him, (“Bravo Monsieur”) until Christine begs Raoul to leave with her. Furious, the Phantom sets fire to the cemetery.

Don Juan Triumphant opens with Christine and Ubaldo Piangi, the Opéra’s principal tenor, singing the lead roles. (“Don Juan”) During their duet, Christine realises that she is singing not with Piangi, but with the Phantom himself. (“The Point of No Return”) When he expresses his love for her and gives her his ring, Christine rips off his mask, exposing his deformed face to the shocked audience. As Piangi is found strangled to death backstage, the Phantom seizes Christine and flees the theatre. An angry mob led by Meg searches the theatre for the Phantom, while Madame Giry directs Raoul to the Phantom’s subterranean lair, and warns him to beware his Punjab lasso.

When Raoul arrives at the lair, Christine is wearing the mannequin’s wedding dress. (“Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer”) The Phantom ambushes Raoul and binds him with his lasso. He tells Christine that he will free Raoul if she agrees to stay with him forever; if she refuses, Raoul will die. (“Final Lair”) Christine responds that it is the Phantom’s soul that people fear, not his face, and kisses him. The Phantom, at last, understands that he cannot compel Christine to love him, and releases them both. Christine returns the Phantom’s ring, bids him farewell, and exits with Raoul. The Phantom, weeping, huddles on his throne and covers himself with his cape. The mob storms the lair and Meg pulls away the cape—but the Phantom has vanished; only his mask remains.
Entr’acte – Orchestra
Intro to the Masquerade – Firmin and André
Masquerade – Full Company
Why So Silent? – The Phantom
Notes II – Firmin, André, Carlotta, Piangi, Raoul, Christine, Mme. Giry, and The Phantom
We Have All Been Blind – Raoul, Firmin, André, Mme. Giry, Carlotta, Piangi
Twisted Every Way – Christine, Raoul
A Rehearsal for Don Juan Triumphant – Piangi, Carlotta, Reyer, Christine and Chorus
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again – Christine
Wandering Child (Angel of Music) – Phantom, Christine, and Raoul
Don Juan Triumphant – Piangi, Carlotta, Christine and Ensemble
The Point of No Return – The Phantom and Christine
Down Once More…/Track Down This Murderer – The Phantom, Christine, Raoul, and Company.[1]

 

MAJESTIC THEATRE NEW YORK, NY
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