Phantom of the Opera Thrills Boston Opera House

Posted June 11, 2014 by Cheryl Fenton in Downtown Boston
Boston Opera House Phantom of Opera

It’s a classic love story. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy causes horrible things to happen to others to further girl’s career until he finally wants something in return, girl says no, and he kidnaps girl to his underground candlelit lair. Girl is saved by her one true love, and boy literally goes poof. And all of this happens to the most beautiful music of the night.

Ok, maybe it’s not a “classic” story but it’s an incredible one. It’s The Phantom of the Opera.

This well-known and well-loved musical has it all – love, sacrifice, threats, and a creepy mask. Set to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing music, the famous tale of love and terror in the Paris Opera House will thrill the Boston Opera House this summer during a memorable performance run from June 26 through July 20.

Following its acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new and reimagined production of The Phantom of the Opera is rich in echoing pleads of haunting desire, melodious wails of unrequited love and pitch-perfect tender moments of true companionship. How’s that for an evening out? Did I mention that the music is beautiful?

As the love triangle between the mysterious Phantom, Christine Daaé and Raoul takes its familiar twists and turns, the audience is delighted with new aspects of the show. Just when you thought the production couldn’t get any more intense, it’s being hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.” It boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier drop, new scenic and lighting designs, and new staging and choreography. But don’t worry – true Phantom fans can still expect the beloved songs to remain, such as “Music of the Night,” “Think of Me” and “All I Ask of You.”

Ben Jacoby and Julia Udine will light up the stage as Raoul and Christine, respectively, with Cooper Grodin complicating things as The Phantom. Each actor draws inspiration from the others, as they weave through the story’s ups and downs. Wil he? Won’t he? Will she? Won’t she? The production is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by Scott Ambler, and we can all be excited about the lavish set design by Paul Brown. All I ask of you is, how can you not gasp when the curtain exposes the underground gondola ride with the powerful Phantom and his reluctant captive?

The Boston Opera House is no stranger to the attention this anticipation production will gather. Opening to fanfare 86 years ago, it was deemed “so magnificent that it kind of takes your breath away for awhile” by the Boston Globe in 1928. Today it’s home to the Boston Ballet’s performances, and The Phantom of the Opera shares the schedule with rock concerts and musical shows.

You can get your tickets now through the Boston Opera House and TicketMaster. But you had better act quickly before they vanish into the night.


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