The Phantom of the Opera
In the world of musical theater, few works can attract capacity crowds as reliably as The Phantom of the Opera. Famously envisioned as a sweepingly romantic variation on Gaston Leroux's classic novel, the Andrew Lloyd Webber production remains the longest running show in Broadway history. Similarly, the original U.K. show has surpassed the quarter-century mark while spawning regional and touring productions around the globe. With such ubiquity, wary theatergoers could be understandably underwhelmed by the notion of yet another Phantom lurking about the Orpheum. Rest assured, however, that this thoroughly reworked 25th anniversary production commits to a daringly original approach to the familiar tale of an enigmatic recluse whose nights of haunting the Paris Opera House are numbered by a tragic desire for an enchanting young soprano. Arguably, the most highly acclaimed aspect of the new production is a revolving set design by Paul Brown which establishes an immersive, gothic atmosphere while allowing scenes of grand spectacle to segue into character-centric intimacy. The refocused direction of Laurence Conner and choreography of Scott Ambler can also be credited with dashing the template. Some aspects, of course, were considered too iconic to change, including Webber's essential score and the celebrated costumes of the late Maria Bjornson. Even after 25 years, it seems that the The Phantom of the Opera still has secrets to reveal. (Photo by Alastair Muir)
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 10. Continues through Jan. 5, 2013
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