Alastair Muir

Recommended

The Phantom of the Opera

Every Tue., Wed., and Thu. from Dec. 13-28
7:30 p.m.
Every Thu. and Sat. from Dec. 14-28
2 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from Dec. 15-30
8 p.m.
Every Sun. from Dec. 17-31
1 p.m.
$39-$139
Theater

The Phantom of the Opera’s enduring appeal can be attributed to the familiarity of a sumptuously told narrative, adapted from the novel by Gaston Leroux, centering on the enigmatic title figure’s obsessive mentoring of rising star Christine. Famed for its dynamic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical embraces an extravagance of spectacle, from the lavish recreation of the Paris Opera House to the Phantom’s eerie subterranean lair. This touring production boasts of being “bigger and better than ever before,” alluding both to the critically lauded scenic design of Paul Brown and to the Tony Award-winning costume design of Maria Björnson. This emphasis on scale can even be seen in a cast and orchestra that numbers 52, making Phantom the largest contemporary touring production. Setting aside the work’s impressive scope,Phantom continues to attract audiences thanks to a paradoxical intimacy, one that resonates with every beat of heartsick longing propelling this doomed romance. Showtimes vary, see hennepintheatretrust.org for the complete schedule.


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