THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (musical)
A hideously deformed musician enjoys chasing a talented young lady singer
around the stage. This is not the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Sarah Brightman Story
because occasionally the musician also bursts into song. Needless to say, in the
end an ineffably wet aristocrat gets the girl and the deformed freak vanishes.
This is a Paris set, gothic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with Cameron Mackintosh
in charge of the spectacle.
Josh Piterman plays 'The Phantom.'
Britt Lenting is ‘Carlotta Giudicelli’ and Richard Woodford is ‘Monsieur André’.
Kelly Mathieson plays ‘Christine Daaé’, with Ross Dawes as ‘Monsieur Firmin’,
Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’, Paul Ettore Tabone as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’, Georgia
Ware as ‘Meg Giry’ and Scott Davies as the standby ‘Phantom’. Danny Whitehead
will play ‘Raoul’, Bridget Costello will play the alternate ‘Christine Daaé’,
The cast is completed by Zoe Arshamian, Matthew Barrow, James Butcher, Grace
Castle, Sophie Caton, Sophie Cottrill, Corinne Cowling, Hadrian Delacey, Morven
Douglas, Paul Erbs, Philip Griffiths, Katy Hanna, Ellen Jackson, Adam Robert
Lewis, Kris Manuel, Tim Morgan, Danielle Pullum, Rebecca Ridout, Eleanor
Sanderson-Nash, Anna Shircliff, Alistair So, John Stacey, Manon Taris, Andrei
Teodor Iliescu, Ben Tyler, Claire Tilling, Victoria Ward and Simon Whitaker.
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Theatremonkey braces itself for the backlash when it admits it found this
show utterly, utterly lame.
The best of the elevator muzak score is heard
within the first twenty minutes with almost all the best scenic effects and plot
developments occurring simultaneously. Only the unexpected and deeply moving
graveyard scenes and 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again' prevent act two
drowning in bathos. Oh, and theatremonkey
thinks the heroine should have got the Phantom - her bloke suffers from a total
This one runs and runs. The heavy romance keeps seats filled and the thudding
mock grandeur of the score seems to reassure audiences of the quality.
Yes, it looks great and familiar tunes always make for an easier evening out,
but why does all the emotion have to be so overblown? To overcome the staging,
surmises the monkey.
2008: Just for the record, in early 2008 the monkey finally watched
the screen version of this show... and actually preferred it to the stage one...
sure, the lyric is still crass in places, but the revised script and actual
cinematography made it like the show a whole lot more than in the theatre! And
this time it can see more clearly why Raoul got the girl...