“The Phantom of the Opera” at the Orpheum Theatre: Past the Point of no Return

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Let me just say that The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite Broadway show. I first saw it when I was in 7th grade and it instantly became my favorite.  When I saw the show last night I was shocked.  It was so different from the show I saw a few years ago.  The sets were way different from the ones they had a few years earlier.  There were pyrotechnics, hidden staircases, and huge mind-boggling sets.  It was magnificent.  The Phantom of the Opera is based of the book by Gaston Leroux, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, with lyrics by Charles Hart.  

My two favorite actors in the production were Mark Campbell and Julia Udine.  Julia Udine played Christine, the rising star of the Opera Populaire.  During her first song, “Think of Me”, I was a little unsure of whether or not I liked her, but during her duet with the Phantom in the song “The Phantom of the Opera” she completely blew me away with her vocal talent.  Udine had good chemistry with Mark Campbell, who played the mysterious Phantom of the Opera.  Campbell was perfect for the role of the Phantom. His voice was amazing. I nearly cried when he sang music of the night. I didn’t so much like Ben Jacoby, who played Raoul. He wasn’t terrible, but he didn’t stand out very much. 

The sets were amazing. The Phantoms lair in particular was utterly astonishing. I loved the red vine like lights that hung down from the ceiling. It was all very aesthetically pleasing. There were so many sets, and it seemed impossible that they were all kept backstage. Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly have another set, they would bring out a huge elaborate set  from who knows where. And the sets all fit together like some sort of complex puzzle. It was one of the best sets I’ve ever seen in a Broadway show. The pyrotechnics were also mind blowing. Every time they used them made sense with what was happening in the scene. At one point in the show, fire shot out of the stage. It was so hot, I could feel it from the second tier of the balcony.  

The dancing was excelent. It fit well with the time period that the show takes place in.  I especially liked the dance that happened during masquerade. It was well choreographed and the dancers never messed up. The costumes in this scene are also worth mentioning. Every dancer had a partner of the opposite sex, and each partners outfit matched each other with the color and the theme. The colors of the costumes were incredibly vibrant. They went from the deepest gold to a shimmering dreamlike color that changed from deep royal blue to a startling bright pink. 

All in all, I highly recommend seeing this show. I don’t suggest taking children under the age of ten to this show, since some of the content is nightmare fuel for children and there is a lot of sexual innuendo.