Music, Madness, and Magic – A Night with The Phantom of the Opera

Finally, after almost 6 months of waiting, we finally got to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, last Saturday, September 8.

I was thrilled when I found out earlier this year that they were going to show The Phantom of the Opera here in the Philippines, and got our tickets on the 2nd day of pre-selling at the end of March.

It was well worth the wait!  At first I was worried the CCP couldn’t pull off such a grand production, but my fears were allayed as soon as the chandelier started rising, restoring the old stage theater to its former glory days.

The stage props and special FX were quite impressive, and though I think, they had to downscale everything by half, it was still a remarkable sight to see. I especially loved the lake scene where the Phantom ferries Christine in a boat down to his lair. The “water” and the floating candles were nothing short of magical!

The Phantom of the Opera has always been one of my favorite musicals, since I first heard it back in high school, and it was great to finally watch it on stage – and with an international cast, headed by Jonathan Roxmouth as the Phantom, Claire Lyon as Christine, and Anthony Downing as Raoul.

With the Phantom’s haunting and dramatic musical score, classic love story, and amazing visuals, I think it’s the perfect stage play and will be enjoyed even by people who don’t usually like musicals.

The price of the tickets were a bit exorbitant, but for a wonderful night of music and magic, it was worth every cent I paid!


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