The Phantom of the Opera US Tour

RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 11/28/13 at 04:51am
Did anyone go? How was it?
bethyd
Swing
joined:11/4/06
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/1/13 at 01:12pm
I saw it opening night and thought it was fantastic. However, it was my first time seeing Phantom so I know little about the changes made. I'd love to hear how it compares to the Broadway version.
The Scorpion
Featured Actor
joined:1/3/07
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/1/13 at 02:39pm
I saw it opening night and thought it was fantastic. However, it was my first time seeing Phantom so I know little about the changes made. I'd love to hear how it compares to the Broadway version.


If it's anything like its UK incarnation of the tour, then the answer to that is BADLY.
Justin D
Broadway Legend
joined:4/11/05
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/3/13 at 05:53pm
word is the chandelier now does a vegas style rapid drop and shoots bits of plastic about, knowing Americans, this sounds like a law suit waiting to happen
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27199361@N08/ Phantom at the Royal Empire Theatre
bethyd
Swing
joined:11/4/06
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/3/13 at 07:51pm
It did kinda fall vertically and stopped just over the orchestra in the pit. There were sparks, but I was too far away to notice any plastic.
JenM9
Swing
joined:8/7/07
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/3/13 at 11:11pm
I saw the tour as well and really enjoyed it. It was my first time seeing Phantom so I can't compare it to the Broadway version, but I was very close to the chandelier and it does do a vertical drop and shoot sparks, but there were no bits of plastic or anything else as far as I could tell.

Updated On: 12/3/13 at 11:11 PM
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/3/13 at 11:20pm
I would ask for my money back if there were no bits of plastic.
"I hate dead people!" -- Joan Rivers. A Piece of Work
ashleybrod
Swing
joined:12/3/13
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/3/13 at 11:27pm
if i never saw it on broadway would it be a good idea or bad to see this tour?
Sally
Broadway Star
joined:5/12/03
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/4/13 at 07:10am
I would be interested in hearing what someone familiar with the original production thinks of the changes (I know from past posts what Scorp thinks)---but also the opinions of the "uninitiated."

Ashleybrod, if you can see it on Broadway, that's the first choice, but a lot of people in the UK liked the tour--why not have a look?
The Scorpion
Featured Actor
joined:1/3/07
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/4/13 at 06:21pm
Word is that they have made a few changes since the UK tour as the reception to it from the UK audiences -- and especially fans -- who are familiar with the original was not particularly favourable, so my view on the tour may be slightly out-of-date. I would say definitely try and see the Broadway production if you can -- it's an iconic piece of theatre in its own right and has become legendary for its staging with good reason. Hal Prince is one of the greats. Laurence Connor (who?)...isn't. I think first-timers to the show will enjoy the tour a lot more than anyone who knows how the show has been done until this point, because the production feels like a come-down. Hal Prince once said revivals should only happen if they are at least equal to or superior to the original production in terms of quality, and this is a good example of why.

What remains unacceptable, though, is the false claim by this production that they have retained Maria Björnson's costumes. They haven't. What you see are in many cases butchered versions of her costumes or costumes that are alien to her design. Particularly dreadful is the Phantom's outfit as the Red Death -- which makes him look more like Napoleon than anything else.
Updated On: 12/4/13 at 06:21 PM
PB ENT.
Broadway Legend
joined:6/11/03
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/4/13 at 09:19pm
Still...looking forward to covering the Philly stop in March, though I don't get the purpose of re-inventing shows like POTO and Les Miserables. Last re-make to make me shudder was Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde. Flying plastic pieces? really?
www.pbentertainmentinc.com BWW regional writer "Philadelphia/South Jersey"
philly03
Broadway Legend
joined:9/20/07
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/4/13 at 10:16pm
I wish it was the original rolling through Philly as well. EVITA suffered the same fate (also coming to Philly this Spring), but Jekyll is adaptable.

Just saw a few commercials for it tonight and it doesn't even get here til March!
JBradshaw
Stand-by
joined:10/10/04
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/4/13 at 10:21pm
They're showing commercials cause single tickets are on sale and giving tickets is the perfect Xmas or Hanukkah gift for theatre lovers in philly
bdboston
Stand-by
joined:12/13/06
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/5/13 at 08:54am
The Providence Journal has its review online; in all quite positive, with many accolades for the set/staging. The critic admits to never having seen the show before, and so did not make comparisons to the original B'way production. And yes, is seems the chandelier does indeed sprinkle fake shards of glass onto the audience.
Providence Journal POTO Review
tourboi
Broadway Legend
joined:12/15/05
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/6/13 at 12:59am
MOST of the costumes are Maria's. From what I can see it's really only Masquerade that's been resigned costume wise. Certainly most of the Phantom/Christine's costumes remain intact. Except for the Phantom's new wig. That's just odd.

Updated On: 12/6/13 at 12:59 AM
ravnquest1
Stand-by
joined:7/8/09
The Phantom of the Opera US Tour
Posted: 12/6/13 at 08:59am
"MOST of the costumes are Maria's"

Not true. Many of the principal costumes have been retained to some degree, but the ensemble costumes from Masquerade, Hannibal and Don Juan Triumphant are very much simplified or just plain not the original designs. They have kept enough to fool the average theatergoer with a fuzzy memory, and much of the b-roll for the TV spots is her original work. It's an insult to Björnson and her memory to call what appears in this tour her work, and it shows how far the greed has really gone. Mackintosh should be held accountable for the lie.

Updated On: 12/6/13 at 08:59 AM