“Close your eyes and let the music set you free.”
-Phantom of the Opera
I have been wanting to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway ever since I was in high school; this was before the 2004 movie came out.
I have not read the novel, but the little that I heard about the story reminded me of Beauty and the Beast and Dracula, which are two of my favorite novels.
Naturally, when I heard The Phantom of the Opera production was coming to Miami, I quickly jumped on the opportunity to purchase the tickets before they sold out!
A Networks, The Really Useful Group, and Cameron Mackintosh presentation of the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Original production still running at the Majestic Theatre, New York City and Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, UK.
Christine was a dancer in a theatre whose angelic opera voice was discovered after the prima donna Carlotta refused to perform due to her fear of a mysterious presence everyone came to know as the phantom. The phantom made himself known to the theatre’s new management and all of its cast members via malicious acts and letters threatening to release his wrath if the theatre’s production was not run exactly as he requested.
One of his main requests was to keep Christine as the star of the show because he later reveals to her that he has been her obscure singing teacher all along; she referred to him as her “Angel of Music”.
When the new managers of the theatre refused to comply with the phantom’s requests, the production is cryptically sabotaged and Christine is kidnapped by the phantom himself.
All along, Christine’s childhood sweetheart, Raoul, has been trying to protect her from her so-called Angel of Music, however she appeared torn with her decision to love the face behind the mask or despise it like everyone else. But after Raoul expressed his undying love for her she quickly realized that true love was found in someone who wanted to protect her and not in someone who wanted to own her.
The phantom was not willing to let her go easily and he expressed his anger through vowing revenge against Raoul and having the theatre’s famed chandelier plummet to the stage.
To find out how this production ends you will just have to see it for yourself!
All I can say is, WOW! I laughed, cried, and even jumped from suspense a few times throughout the show. They had pyrotechnics to enhance the production and there was even an actual chandelier hanging right above the audience that rattled and threatened to crash above us! The acting and singing was phenomenal and it is, by far, the best Broadway show I have seen and I have seen several.
If you see The Phantom of the Opera coming your way, make sure to book the tickets right away! I bought the tickets in a pre-sale in November of 2015 and the show wasn’t until February of 2016. Don’t wait because tickets sell out fast and with good reason. The show is fantastic and you will not be disappointed!
The following song is my favorite from the show and I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of it because the meaning behind the song represents our marriage vows:
What is your favorite Broadway show?