The Phantom of the Opera
Time Out says
More than three decades into its Broadway run, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera continues to draw tourists to its candlelit lair. The plot, borrowed from a 1910 potboiler by Gaston Leroux, tells of Christine Daaé, a naïve young soprano whose secretive voice teacher turns out to be a deformed musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House. (Although the Phantom is serial killer, extortionist, kidnapper and probable rapist, Christine and audiences are mysteriously drawn to him. Who doesn’t love a bad boy?) While the epic synth-rock chords of the title song may ground Phantom in the 1980s, the show’s Puccini-inflected airs are far grander than most of what one hears elsewhere on Broadway. And although there may not be much depth to the musical’s story (by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe) or lyrics (mostly by Charles Hart), the production—directed by Hal Prince—has been carefully maintained and refurbished over the years, and remains a marvel of sumptuous surfaces.
Majestic Theatre (Broadway). Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Charles Hart. Book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Directed by Harold Prince. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.
|Venue name:||Majestic Theatre|
247 W 44th St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Eighth Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq|
|Price:||$27–$142, premium $202|
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Many say that Phantom is "Cheesy" and "Only for tourists." But they couldn't be more wrong. Phantom has everything that you could ever want from a musical. The sets, the songs, the actors, the costumes, the dances are all truly exceptional and will leave you wanting more. The theatre itself, being almost made FOR the Phantom by now is gorgeous, with the Proscenium and the chandelier being the main draw. If you're looking for the best musical currently on Broadway, or are looking to get into Broadway. SEE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Not only is it the best, but since it has been running for so long you can get tickets starting at $27 or even cheaper at the Tix stand in Times Square (Where they're usually half-off.) Go see it now!
A Timeless Musical. After 20+ years Phantom remains spectacular and delivers everything you would expect from a Broadway Musical and more.