Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is performing in Tampa as part of the new North American Tour. This amazing musical, with new scenic design, choreography and staging, shouldn't be missed!
The Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite musicals. Mike and I first saw it at the Straz Center in 2008 where I fell in love with the thunderous organ cords. It's back in Tampa for a 5th time.
I was so excited for the opportunity to see the latest production of The Phantom. Unfortunately, my husband, Mike, already had plans. I intended to invite one of my sisters but my 10 year old, Dylan, really wanted to see the show with me. How could I say no to some culture and a musical with my little boy.
Before the show, I explained the background of the story. I told Dylan that the phantom lived at an opera house in the late 1800s. His face was disfigured so he wore a white mask to cover up. It was rumored that the phantom escaped from a freak show and was always treated cruelly. He fell in love with an opera singer named Christine and just wanted to be loved by someone.
|Before the show started with the famous chandelier still covered|
This was Dylan's first musical with an orchestra. Like me, he also loved the powerful organ cords and recognized certain instruments like the flute and triangle. His school music teachers would be proud.
|Ready for Act Two to start|
Act Two began with a New Year's Eve masquerade in the Grand Ballroom with incredible dresses and costumes designed by Maria Bjornson.
|Original costume design by Maria Bjornson. Photo credit Straz Center|
The set design was amazing including a major mechanical piece used as the walkway and stairs to the phantom's lair. The stairs magically appeared out of the side of the set piece as the Phantom led Christine into his lair.
|Katie Travis as Christine and Chris Mann as Phantom|
I truly loved The Phantom of the Opera's musical score with the "Angle of Music" being one of my favorites along with the Phantom's theme song.
Dylan and I thoroughly enjoyed The Phantom of the Opera with his only complaint being an uncomfortable chair. He enjoyed the live orchestra and captivating songs. I was happy to introduce Dylan to this musical and the arts.
See The Phantom of the Opera at the Straz Center December 17, 2014 - January 4, 2015.
*Disclaimer - Through the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given two tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.