I have always heard great reviews on The Phantom of the Opera – so much so that I desperately wanted to watch it if I ever get the chance. When the news of Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera coming to Vancouver started making the rounds, I was the most pleased. I was excited and this excitement only grew over the days leading to the performance.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure 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, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, Phantom is one of the largest productions now on tour.
In a single statement, I define The Phantom of the Opera as the most dramatic show of the year. I have never witnessed a production as engaging and thrilling as this one. Each aspect of the musical was on point – be it the lead actors, music, staging or the special effects.
One of the highlights of the story was the performance of Derrick Davis who plays the Phantom. His appearance, voice, and emotions deserve unending praise. Essaying the role of Phantom, a character that experiences strong emotions of pain, hatred and anguish cannot be an easy task – but Davis did complete justice to the role. There was never a dull moment throughout his appearance on stage – it did not come as a surprise that he received a standing ovation from the audience. I would watch the musical again just to enjoy Davis’ performance.
Another interesting concept was the set design and the use of tricks and special effects that added much appeal to the play. The multiple use of the set created the right ambience for each scene. Also, the Phantom’s rage displayed through fire was something I never imaged a play would include – definitely a fiery touch to the act. The audience was engrossed right till the end, eagerly awaiting the next act or the next twist in the tale.
Phantom of the Opera is a must-watch, one viewing simply isn’t enough. The musical is playing at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre from July 12 to 23. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.ca
or call 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457. Ticket prices start at $37.50. For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, visit ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com