The Phantom Of The Opera Haunts The Boston Opera House

Posted August 30, 2017 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
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There’s really nothing fun about being trapped in a love triangle. All that misdirected emotion, heartache, the intense power struggle for affection…ugh.

But when it’s not you who’s wrapped up in the painful and scandalous nightmare, let’s face it – it’s kinda fun to watch. Boston theatergoers can start popping the proverbial popcorn as they ready themselves for one of the most well known love triangles to come to Boston.

The mysterious Phantom, his muse Christine Daaé, and her beloved Raoul bring their rocky romantic relationship from the Opera Populaire in Paris to the Boston Opera House. It is here that you’ll witness all the familiar twists and turns of Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Presented through Broadway in Boston, this re-imagined production of the classic musical opens its brand new North American Tour on September 13 and runs through October 1. Directed by Laurence Connor, you can expect newly reinvented lighting and staging, stunning scenic design, and a talented cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

Along with all of the new and recharged staging and choreography Mackintosh brings to Lloyd Webber’s musical, true Phantom fans can still expect all the things they love about the show, including the show’s legendary chandelier and Lloyd Webber’s haunting score, such as “Music of the Night,” “Think of Me,” and “All I Ask of You.” The songs, combined with the story of complicated unrequited love and longing, pluck at your heart strings as you question who you’re rooting for – the hideously disfigured masked Phantom or the handsome bachelor.  This particular production has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before” as it regales audiences with the story of the Phantom as he attempts to persuade (in not so lovely a manner and sometimes in the bowels of the opera house) his beautiful protégé and muse Christine into returning his affections.

The cast includes the versatile soprano Katie Travis as Christine Daaé, Jordan Craig as Raoul, Trista Moldovan as Prima Donna Carlotta, David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin, Edward Staudenmayer as Monsieur Andre, Anne Kanengeiser as Madame Giry, Phumzile Sojola as Carlotta’s male counterpart Ubaldo Piangi, and Emily Ramirez as Meg Giry, Christine’s best friend and confidant. Coming straight from The Lion King on Broadway and the second black male lead ever to ever assume the role, Derrick Davis stars as The Phantom. Choreography for the production is handled by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, costumes by Maria Bjornson, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound design by Mick Potter.

The Phantom of the Opera made its world premiere in London’s West End in 1986, where it still graces the stage today. Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the musical thriller has been running on Broadway since 1988 and has grossed more than $890 million in ticket sales. Boston’s performances are scheduled for September 13, 14, 19-21, and 26-28 at 7:30pm; September 14, 17, 24, and October 1 at 1pm; September 15,16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 8pm; September 16, 23, and 30 at 2pm; and September 17 and 24, and October 1 at 6:30pm.

No matter the day or evening you choose, the show promises to help you open up your mind. Let your fantasies unwind as you discover the darkness of the music of the night.

The Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington Street in Boston. Tickets can be purchased by calling 866-523-7469 or online.