Simply spectacular! You will be mesmerized at all the technology that is present on the stage of the Moran Theater at the Times-Union Center for the Broadway presentation of the Phantom of the Opera. In one scene it actually feels like the heat, emitted from one of the expertly constructed pyrotechnic displays, could be felt back to the eleventh row; yet no one was burned. The massive set design (see fun facts) is so elaborately amazing that you will be surprised how smoothly the scenes are transformed.
The quality stereo sound is so well done that you may imagine that the Phantom’s voice is being transmitted from overhead, no; it’s coming from the right or is it on the left? You’ll be wondering where he may be. Costumes are very elaborate for that time period and very beautiful. As in any opera, it is a little hard to understand what is being sung, nonetheless, as in the movie “Pretty Woman”, Richard Gere explains it so well, “People’s reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don’t, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.”
After speaking in normal tones during the press conference, one could not speculate the diversity in the vocal range that Storm Lineberger (Raoul, Vicomte do Chagny) and Katie Travis (Christine Daaé), give to the audience during the two and a half hour opus. The cast is incredible. If you are a fan of ballet, you will be thoroughly entertained by the Phantom of the Opera troupe. Let us not forget the orchestra that consists of some local musicians. They sound is phenomenal.
The new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. The show is directed by Laurence Connor, who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables currently running on Broadway and around the world. He is currently working on a stage version of the movie School of Rock which opens at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in December this year. The choreography is by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson & lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable. The impressive sound design is by Mick Potter, musical supervision by John Rigby, musical director by Dale Rieling and the entire production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.
“The Phantom of the Opera” continues through to Sunday, February 21, 2016
LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
300 West Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
TICKETS: Start at $38.50 and don’t forget the Chance to WIN DISCOUNT TICKETS in the Phantom Lottery.