With 130 cast, crew, and orchestra players, The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show on Broadway, is back in Manila. The world’s most popular musical makes its long-awaited return starting Feb. 20 at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City.
“The show has not aged. The show does not feel dated. It does not feel dated in the writing and staging. It does not feel dated in its stagecraft. I think that’s why primarily people still want to see this production,” Arthur Masella, the new touring production’s associate director, told the press during a recent rehearsal visit.
“I think every show would eventually take the opportunity to recreate the production. There has been another production of The Phantom of the Opera in recent years and it’s doing well on tour and liked by many audiences. What I feel to be like happening in the last year or two is that once again there’s a demand for the original production of Phantom. People have been wanting to see it again,” he added.
True enough, tickets to the show’s original run are already sold out. Originally set to run from Feb. 20 to March 17, the Manila restaging of the musical is now extended to March 31.
“The Phantom of the Opera put Filipino theatre fans on a spell in its Philippine debut almost seven years ago, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring back the legendary musical for more Filipinos to enjoy,” said Oscar Enrico A. Reyes, Jr., Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Market Development for PLDT and Smart, which presents “the world’s most popular musical’s” long-awaited return to Manila.
“This is one of the ways PLDT and Smart go beyond simply delivering world-class digital services and provide epic entertainment experiences for our beloved subscribers,” he added.
Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera opened in London’s West End in 1986, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and script by Lloyd Weber co-written with Richard Stilgoe.
The 1988 Broadway production bagged a number of Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Performance by a Featured Actress, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Lighting Design.
The Phantom of the Opera is presented in Manila by Concertus Manila and produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. The musical adds to a string of world-class musicals that PLDT and Smart helped bring to Filipino audiences, including Cats, Chicago, Wicked, and Les Miserables.
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