Andrew Lloyd Webber fans rejoice! His most famous and arguably best piece of work, the Phantom of the Opera, has returned to Los Angeles’ Pantages Theatre- and there’s only two weeks left. It’s one of our most iconic musicals, but for those who’ve never seen it, the show brilliantly combines some great sets and theatrics (that chandelier!) with an incredible soundtrack that has so many hits it almost feels more like a concert than a musical. In this production, the title role is played by Derrick Davis, who previously appeared on Broadway in Carousel and created the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in I Dream at Opera Carolina’s Knight Theater (he’s played the Phantom before too). This shouldn’t have to be said, but it’s always great to see talented actors of color playing titular roles that have historically gone to white actors for no reason that’s required in the story. The role of Christine is played by Eva Tavares, who trained at UBC Opera Program and the Banff/Citadel Theatre. She calls playing Christine -the object of the phantom’s affection/obsession- “a lifelong dream.” The show itself is pretty dreamy, and this production, featuring new choreography, stages and set design, aims to haunt the imagination in a bigger and more stunning fashion than ever before.
Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Shows nightly thru July 7. Tickets, dates, times and more info, hollywoodpantages.com/events/detail/thephantomoftheopera.
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