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Hi! My name is CourtneyLynne & I’m a theater junkie! I just can’t get enough of these awesome productions. The obsession began many years ago when I was in elementary school. The very first broadway musical I had the pleasure of seeing was the Original Phantom of the Opera. I fell in love with Phantom & made my mom purchase the soundtrack after the show. I literally listened to that soundtrack on repeat for weeks. Safe to say I have been hooked on musicals ever since.
When I spotted a Facebook event a few months back for a remake of Andree Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, I was intrigued. I just had to see it. So I googled for tickets and scooped up two seats for the preview night in Buffalo, NY. I couldn’t wait to see if it would live up to the original.
Did It Live Up To The Original?
I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Cameron Mackintosh’s version of Phantom of the Opera is not the lavish spectacle you may fondly remember from your childhood. This is definitely a very stripped-down version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. This director tries to eschew eye-popping scenery and sets in favor of character-driven intensity, but falls far short. Sadly, this less haunting Phantom has lost much of its power to mesmerize.
I totally get it!!!! The director’s more minimalist approach makes perfect sense on paper. The only way to revive a show this beloved after 30 years is taking it in a whole new direction. For me, I missed the over the top sets!!!! No ghostly candles rising from beneath the lagoon in the phantom’s lair. Even the chandelier crashing is no more. Now it just sputters and sags.
However, if you were crazy obsessed with Webber’s soaring melodies, the score and plot will still cast a spell. You will have the tunes stuck in your head for days!! It’s just that the original production had a sweeping sense of extravagance, that this revival never musters.
At the end of the day, I am glad I purchased tickets. I’m spoiled so we attend shows frequently. It was something interesting to do on a Thursday evening. However, if you have to choose between two shows and can only attend one. I would scoop up tickets for the other show you are eyeing. Don’t spend your savings on this production.
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