Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
My fascination with “The Phantom of the Opera” began back in 1997 when I saw it for the first time.
The Phantom of the Opera made its world premiere in London’s West End in 1986, where it still plays today. Lloyd Webber’s musical thriller has been running on Broadway since 1988, where it has grossed over $890 million in ticket sales and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The Phantom is such an iconic character and one you really one to connect with. Derrick Davis does an excellent job, but I felt he didn’t really connect with the lyrics. However, his singing voice is perfect and you will connect to the emotions of the words he sings.
Katie Travis plays the blushing ingénue Christine who is caught in a love triangle. Her powerful voice belt out her songs— listening to her voice is angelic.
The cast is formidable with some amazing voices. Jordan Craig as Raoul is a worthy advisory to the Phantom. David Benoit and Edward Staudenmayer as the theatre owners Monsieur definitely bring the much needed humor to this dark story.
Whether it is your first time or millionth time seeing the Phantom; the show has it all – romance, mystery, moments of comedy and the most memorable music.
Of course, the best part of the show is the crashing chandelier.
Running Time: 2 hrs 30 min (includes intermission)
The Phantom of the Opera is now playing at Boston Opera House through Oct 1st. For tickets call 617-259-3400, visit www.boston.broadway.com or visit the box office.