new Raoul Jun 25
2019, 01:37:07 PM
I agree with Lot666. Jay looked good in the role; young, handsome, dashing, but every other Raoul had a stronger, louder voice.
As for Ben, he is the best Phantom I’ve seen. Michael can’t be beat, Hugh was amazing but Ben combines the 2 into the perfect Phantom.
It still amazes me how the show is in such great shape! They will not tolerate anyone “walking through it”. It looks great, it sounds great and one thing I appreciate is how they constantly wax the stage to bring that
Row A, all the way! The nice thing about being on the left is your view of the Masquerade scene will not be obstructed like it would be on the right. On Saturday night, very few people asked for a booster. There were no kids I saw at the show but I do agree to secure one, just get there for when seating first opens. They started seating at 7:32.
BEETLEJUICE Previews Apr 13
2019, 10:58:20 AM
I agree with AEA... probably modest ticket sales will keep it going at least through the summer. That’s tourist season and the brand name will sell as it is very recognizable. I am hoping that the show is still being tweaked during previews to make it the best it can be. In reading this thread I was disappointed to hear they cut some of Leslie’s funny one liners. Why do that? If it worked and got a good audience reaction, then leave it. I hope by opening night it’s in its best form and gets some
It seems like to me with 2 songs released, they are desperately trying to get more interest in the show. I was thinking it could develop a cult following as well but now I'm starting to think not, plus when the dreadful reviews come out, I don't see it making it.
Do you guys think at this point it will run a little while or fold right after the reviews?
Thank you to those who posted the information about how long Ben will be with the show. I'm glad he should be there in May when I go back.
I also want to second the Masquerade comments. I enjoy the "oohs and aahs" every time they pull the curtain back. The mirrors on the tour did not have the same effect. While the show does not seem dated or old to me the only thing I wish they could do was speed up the chandelier crash a little for dramatic
Phantom of the Opera - And why I finally get it Mar 20
2019, 03:59:42 PM
I didn’t want to start a new thread on this but I wondering if anyone knew about how much longer Ben will be in the show. It’s about a year now so I would think he would be leaving soon.
TPTGW question Jan 15
2019, 03:15:26 PM
Thank you Mike. I guess if the venue has a box, they will use it and if it doesnt they will add a little office to the set, probably what theyll do Off Broadway.
I was curious and this may have come up before, but does anyone know the tour/Off Broadway Transfer will do the show without box seats for Trevor?Â Many touring venues don't have box seats and when it transfers, there are no box seats.
I was thinking they will build 2 boxes on either side of the set to accommodate him but don't know.Â If someone could please shed some light on this, that would be greatly appreciated!
While the Valjean/Javert scene is the loudest shot of the show, there is another one you should be aware of. During the first battle, (right after Valjean joins the barricades) pay attention to the upper left part of the set. A sniper appears there and takes a shot. While the music is loud during that part, it can still startle people especially if they don't see him. The lady to my left jumped at that point and the one mentioned above.
Thanks for the great review of the show Miles and your great seats. I'm glad all worked out for you. I'm 2 weeks away from my next visit in New Haven Ct.
Joshua did that nervous thing when I saw it when it first opened too and I thought it was so cute and brought an interesting take on the character. Enjolras does wear the red vest and I'm glad the understudy was good.
I'll report back after I see it again with an update too.
Phantom vs. Phantom of the Opera Aug 29
2018, 01:52:55 PM
The tour set is kept in stock for rentals from the licensing company. It is an older set but it doesn’t need updating as it needs that period look. Plus, the shows set is really impressive with the lair, the boat and the chandelier.
Phantom is going to be at the Westchester Broadway Theatre beginning September 13th. It always sells out because people think they're seeing POTO.
I've seen both versions many times and Phantom delves into the Phantom's past. There is some very good music in Phantom and a different ending. I enjoy Phantom every time it comes back because it's a different approach but the story lines are similar including the chandelier, plus there is more comedy.
Les Miserables Tour 2017 Aug 23
2018, 11:01:04 AM
I recall magnets, mugs, lots of shirts, a bag, keychains, pins and cd’s. I would go the stand before the show though as the line is ridiculous at the end.
Les Miserables Tour 2017 Aug 22
2018, 04:58:00 PM
Oh yeah Miles, you’ll be perfectly fine on the right. The BOM were perfect! Glad you enjoyed!
Miles... The good news is that they removed the big block of speakers that plagued the sides the last time it toured. The bad news is when the two sides come closer to center stage you will most certainly be blocked a little bit. However, I sat at the extreme left side in Hartford Connecticut and only found one or two brief moments when I could not see but it did not disturb the show at all. I specifically recall having a hard time seeing where in Valjean was letting Javert go at the barricad
Actually is anyone seeing it at the Shubert in New Haven? It's a great venue to see Les Mis. It's cozier than these huge touring houses and everyone is closer and more connected to the action. Plus, the sound system is awesome.