I have never forgotten the time when, as a much younger girl that I am now, I went with my musical-loving mother to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. We were both memorized by the music, the costumes, the set (I’ve never forgot the hanging chandelier), the lighting, the magic. We both talked about the show and listened to the show’s soundtrack for many days after that and the CD traveled me with me across many continents in my days during and after college.
When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the show which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary, I was admittedly excited. Any chance to relive my youth, I take it. It wasn’t exactly on my list of shows to see this year, but now that I’ve seen it, it made every bit of sense on why it should be on any Broadway fan’s docket.
It’s also the longest-running show in Broadway history. On January 9th, 2006, it surpassed the then-record 7,485 performance run of Cats.) Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, the show tells the story of a masked figure (played by Hugh Panaro) who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine (played exquisitely by Mary Michael Patterson), and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
The cast stands out musically. They are true artistes and the singing is beautiful and haunting. The show hasn’t changed much in the last 25 years but I wouldn’t really want it to. It’s the total Broadway experience, just as much as it was then, and I was every bit on the end of my seat today as I once was.
Beginning Friday, November 29th at 12:01 am through Tuesday, December, 24 at 11:59 pm, all seats for PHANTOM this winter are on sale with tickets starting as low as $27 and orchestra and front mezzanine seats at $85 (regularly $137) for Tuesday through Thursday performances and $95 (regularly $137) for Monday evenings and Fridays and Saturdays. To order tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. Valid for performances from Monday, January 6 through Saturday, March 8th excluding February 14th & 17th.
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Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, however I received a pair of tickets to facilitate this review.