The Phantom of the Opera is coming back to Manila in Feb 2019
Get ready Philippines! The multi-award-winning and arguably the most successful musical is returning to The Pearl of the Orient on February 20, 2019 – it was bound to happen anyway, judging from its reception 6 years ago.
As of October 8, 2018, you can reward yourself with a Phantom of the opera ticket to one of the ‘coveted’ seats at The Theatre at Solaire, thanks to Lunchbox Theatrical Production (producers) and Concertus Manila (presenters). Why is the show in such high demand? Well, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is simply a West End masterpiece!
A gross revenue of over $6 billion (nearly 3 times the highest-grossing film, Avatar), over 140 million viewers, performed in 16 languages and 172 cities (across 37 cities), best-selling original cast recording (40 million copies sold), 4 Olivier Awards, 7 Tony Awards, and over 70 major theatre awards are just a few achievements in the musical’s portfolio. Not to mention that it is currently the longest-running show (over 30 years) in Broadway history with 13,000 performances as at January 2018. If these are not enough reasons to convince you to get a ticket, consider the show’s narrative and cast as shown below.
The Phantom of the Opera is a stage performance based on the narrative of Gaston Leroux, “Le Fantôme de L’Opéra.” It tells the captivating story of a disfigured man who lives in the bowels of a Paris opera house composing masterclass pieces. His time in the shadows comes to an end when he is taken aback by the soothing voice of a young performer, Christine. He decides to coach her raw talent, but as with all romantic mysteries, he falls madly in love with the girl. Unfortunately, Christine’s heart belongs to her long-time friend, Raoul – as you can guess, this leads to a love triangle marred by jealousy and manipulation.
The musical was originated by Sarah Brightman (Christine) and Michael Crawford (the Phantom) during the show’s premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London on October 9, 1986. The Phantom of the Opera is produced by The Really Useful Group and Cameron Mackintosh. Aside from the capable production team, the show boasts Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic tunes including “Music of the Night,” “Think of Me,” and of course, “The Phantom of the Opera.” Other noteworthy elements include over 230 astonishing costumes by Maria Björnson, breathtaking special effects, jaw-dropping scenery, and a cast of over 130 performers (orchestra and crew members).
If you missed your chance 6 years ago, don’t let this opportunity slip – buy a ticket today. But if you cannot attend the Manila show, don’t worry. The Phantom of the Opera is currently on tour in the United States and running in Budapest, New York, and London.