This past Wednesday, my son and I were delighted to attend the Opening Night performance of the North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. The current tour features Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom, over seen by the brilliant Matthew Bourne. This modern day Phantom has been reinvented with refreshing new staging and choreography and a stunning new scenic design, boasting many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier.
However, in my opinion, the best thing about the current Los Angeles run of Phantom is its leading man, Chris Mann, an incredible vocal talent and breakout contestant from NBC’s The Voice. Not only is Chris easy on the eyes even in Phantom makeup, he also has an opera singing background and totally nails the powerful operatic voice and dramatic flair that audiences have come to expect from the Phantom. He is absolutely enchanting to watch and listen to. His co-star, Katie Travis as Christine Daaé was also an impressive talent with a beautiful melodic voice, as well as standout performances from Storm Lineberger as Raoul, and opera powerhouse Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta Giudicelli.
Having seen this iconic show many times, it is sometimes hard to live up to the original Broadway productions, but this production definitely holds it’s own and then some especially with Chris at the helm. This was my son’s first time ever seeing Phantom of the Opera and he was captivated, especially by the character of the Phantom and his torment and transformation. I highly recommend taking your whole family to see this reinvigorated production of Phantom, it does not disappoint and is perfect theater going for adults and kids 8 years old plus.
The Phantom of the Opera will be running for 8-weeks, now through Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Performance Schedule: Tuesday – Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm
You can purchase tickets online: HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com
By Phone: 1-800-982-2787
In Person: Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am) and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Individual tickets start at $29
Disclosure: The Pantages invited me to Opening Night of Phantom of the Opera for editorial coverage. All opinions are my own.