The Everlasting Magic of Phantom of the Opera
"The Phantom of the Opera" is one of the most beloved operas of all
time. It's also one of the most successful, with a worldwide gross of over $5.6 million. It's believed that over 130 million
people have lined up at theaters around the world to see the story of how a young soprano chorus girl, Christine Daae, becomes
the romantic obsession of a disfigured musical genius.
"The Phantom of the Opera" is based on a novel
by French author Gaston Leroux. Deformed and disfigured since birth, a musical genius known only as the Phantom hides in the
shadows of the legendary Paris Opera House. A new singer named Christine is quick to capture the attention and heart of the
Phantom. As he privately tutors Christine, the Phantom plays pranks on members of the Opera House. After almost getting hit
by a falling chandelier, the leading lady resigns, thus paving the way for Christine to become the venue's prima donna. The
Phantom loves Christine, and Christine has confused feelings for the Phantom, but things get complicated when Raoul, Christine's
childhood sweetheart, shows up.
A new production of "The Phantom of the Opera" is enjoying a spectacular
North American tour. Whether you're in New York, Boston or Columbus, Ohio, Phantom of the Opera tickets go fast - just ask
the millions of people who have lined up at sold-out theaters around the world. Boasting stellar effects, as well as new staging,
choreography and lighting design, there's no way you're going to want to miss this production. Theater critics are calling
it "bigger and better than before." While "The Phantom of the Opera" has been playing at theaters worldwide since 1986, there
has yet to be a production like the one that is touring North America.
There's so much trivia surrounding
"The Phantom of the Opera" that it could have its own "Trivial Pursuit" board game. In January 2006, it officially became
the longest running Broadway show as its 7,486th performance stole the title from "Cats." Over the years, the musical has
won 70 major theater awards and been translated into 13 different languages. Album sales have exceeded $40 million. Finally,
"The Phantom of the Opera" is in its 26th year at London's Her Majesty's Theater.
"The Phantom of
the Opera" North American tour is a large-scale spectacle. Between the actors and the orchestra, there are 52 cast members.
The production features Scott Ambler overseeing choreography, lighting by Paul Constable, scenic design by Paul Brown and
costume design by the Tony Award-winning Marie Bjornson.
Andrew Lloyd Webber originally composed
the music for "The Phantom of the Opera," and Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe wrote the lyrics. "The Phantom of the Opera"
first opened in London in 1986 and received its Broadway debut in 1988. Theater-goers have been enjoying it ever since, thus
cementing its reputation as the most beloved musical opera.
Cameron Mackintosh, a British theater
producer, is the man behind the production of "The Phantom of the Opera." The New York Times called Mackintosh "the most influential
and powerful producer in the world," and Queen Elizabeth knighted him in 1996 for his astounding services to British theater.