All good “Phantoms” must come to an end.
Currently the record-holder for being the longest-running show in Broadway history (and still counting), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most widely-seen masterwork THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has now taken up residence at Los Angeles’ historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for the national tour’s final engagement of shows, ending fittingly on Halloween night, October 31. After more than two decades of award-winning, capacity-crowd performances across several continents in several languages, the traveling troupe will soon hang up their masks and corsets after a continuous, highly-successful trek of 17 years.
Virtually unchanged since its West End debut in 1986, PHANTom Continues to enthrall both new and repeat audiences alike. Though some contemporary show-goers (including, admittedly, even myself) may now huff and grumble that this musical is just a big, bloated slab of cheese smothered generously over dated musical and theatrical devices, there is no denying that this show—with its oohs-and-aahs-inspring technical marvels and beautifully melodic music—is still a relatively marvelous theatrical triumph. Once it gets hold of you, resistance is (somewhat) futile.
This Tony Award-winning musical’s intricately-thought-out combination of intriguing mystery, unabashed romance, memorable music and dazzling theatrical wizardry—as eye-popping as ever during the show’s much-heralded L.A. opening night performance over the weekend—is an over-the-top extravaganza that has been shrewdly designed to contain at least one or more things for its audiences to really love… Get more from Michael L. Quintos of Broadwayworld.com at:
Performances of the Final National Tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Pantages Theatre continue through October 31, and are scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm.