Phantom of the Opera US Tour

The world-renowned musical, The Phantom of the Opera has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and kicked off a US Tour. The tour started here in Dallas, TX and Kyle and I got the chance to go to one of the first shows this past weekend.

This US tour follows the sold-out UK tour and consists of a Cameron Mackintosh production. This show is considered bigger and better than ever and is now thought to be one of the largest productions to ever tour!

Phantom of the Opera - Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine - Photo by Matthew Murphy

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine – Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Story: I was unfamiliar with the story of the Phantom and the Paris opera house prior to going to see the show. It is an interesting story and an entertaining show. I probably would have understood parts of it a bit more if I had known the background story but overall, I was able to keep up and know what was happening!

The Set: The set for this show was simply amazing. It is by far the best set I have seen for a production. The detail and moving pieces are stunning. The stage is ever-changing and the special effects that they added in, make it even better. The infamous chandelier hangs above the crowd and has a lot of special effects as well. I won’t spoil it for you but some of my favorite parts had to do with the chandelier!

Phantom of the Opera - Masquerade

The company performs Masquerade – Photo by Alastair Muir

The Costumes: The costumes were just as amazing as the set. The costumes, included over 1,000 pieces and a few of them are even from the original production 25 years ago. The detailing on all the costumes were perfect. You can see all the details in Carlotta’s costume. I don’t think it really could get much better!

Phantom of the Opera - Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta - Photo by Matthew MurphyJacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta – Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Music: The orchestra that was performing during this show was perfect. I don’t think there is anyway to make them any better. The show contains a 52 piece orchestra. The music was flawless. You will leave this show having the Phantom’s songs – Music of the Night and Phantom of the Opera in your head for days!

The Venue: We saw this show at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. This venue is a new opera house and it is gorgeous. The location is easy to get to in Dallas and they have everything there you would need! Parking, dinner, theatre, etc. There is not a bad seat in the place and it’s just the right size. Opera Magazine has said, “Quite justifiably, it has come to be recognized as America’s finest opera house.”

Winspear Opera House – Dallas, TX

Disclaimer: I received free tickets to the show in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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