Saturday August 19th 2017

“The Phantom of the Opera”

phantom”The Phantom of the Opera” is back in town, and while many have seen this fabulous work by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, many times, this particular production has been changed to bring new life to an already exciting and haunting musical theater experience. In fact, this is a musical that comes close to actually being an opera ( a close second to “Porgy and Bess”, for sure)! Cameron Mackintosh, who has been the heart of this work for decades has made sure that the sparkling new staging and stunning scenic design along with some extraordinary special effects, only adds to the overall beauty of the production.  Directed by Lawrence O’conner with choreography by Scott Ambler, this large cast of players keeps the story intact, while making the production far more energetic than previous editions.

Based on the book, “Le Fantome de L’Opera by Gaston Leroux “, “The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the floors of the Paris Opera House. The Phantom the-phantom-of-the-opera-11-anne-kanengeiser-photo-matthew-murphyfalls in love with a young soprano, Christine ( Katie Travis has amazing range and is as graceful a Christine as I have ever seen). He devotes himself, because of his adoration for this young lady, to ensuring that she become a star. Not only by nurturing her talents, but by using all the magic in his arsenal. The Phantom in this production is played to perfection by Derrick Davis, who moves with grace, sings like these songs were written with him in mind, and brings a special emotion to the story and the love. I found myself with a tear in my eye at the conclusion of this masterpiece of character building. Bravo Mr. Davis and welcome to Chicago!

The ensemble is composed of over 50 performers. I believe this to be the largest road production of this production. They worked together like a well-oiled team, giving the audience a new look at a classic show with music that truly rings in your head even  hours after leaving the theater. Some of these titles are: “”Angel of Music”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Music of the Night”, “Stranger than you Dreamt It”,  “All I Ask Of You”, “Masquerade”, “The Point Of No Return” and more. Just hearing these songs as they are performed in this sterling production makes for a special theatrical production. If you have never seen “Phantom”, this will be an adventure for you. If you have witnessed prior productions, you will find yourself enjoying some of the new aspects that have been added.the-phantom-of-the-opera-3-the-company-performs-masquerade-photo-by-alastair-muir

Some of the featured performers: Jordan Craig (Raoul, Christine’s love interest), Carlotta, the soprano she is destined to replace (Trista Moldovan), Monsieur Firmin (David Benoit) and Monsieur Andre (Price Waldman) ,the two men who take over the Opera House to start the story in gear (after the famous auction scene, with the intro of the chandelier), are priceless. The chandelier, by the way, is already hanging above the audience at the start, covered and when they uncover it, we see an amazing spectacle. In fact, the visuals in this new production are powerful and will hold one’s attention for the entire Two-hours-thirty minutes (with a 15 minute intermission).the-phantom-of-the-opera-2-derrick-davis-and-katie-travis-photo-matthew-murphy

“This production of the “new”  edition of “Phantom of the Opera” will be here as part of the Broadway In Chicago series through January 8th at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, located at 151 West Randolph Street with performances as follows:

Sat, Dec 17: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Dec 18: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Tue, Dec 20: 7:30pm
Wed, Dec 21: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, Dec 22: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 23: 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 24: 2:00pm
Mon, Dec 26: 7:30pm
Tue, Dec 27: 7:30pm
Wed, Dec 28: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, Dec 29: 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 30: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 31: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Tue, Jan 3: 7:30pm
Wed, Jan 4: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, Jan 5: 7:30pm
Fri, Jan 6: 7:30pm
Sat, Jan 7: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Jan 8: 2:00pm

Tickets range from $50- $140 and can be purchased at any of the Broadway In Chicago box offices, by calling the Broadway In Chicago Ticketline at 1-800-775-2000, at all

Ticketmaster retail locations of online at http://www.BroadwayInChicago.com(where you can also prepay and purchase discount parking)the-phantom-of-the-opera-1-derrick-davis-and-katie-travis-photo-matthew-murphy

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