Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved The Phantom of the Opera is onstage now at Durham Performing Arts Center under the direction of Laurence Connor. And, whether one has seen the show countless times before or is a newcomer to the classic story, this production is definitely one to watch.
For those not familiar with the story, it focuses on Christine Daaé (Eva Tavares). Christine starts out as a ballet dancer for the opera company where she works. However, the secret singing lessons she’s been taking with the mysterious Phantom of the Opera (Quentin Oliver Lee) quickly catapult her to more major roles.
Christine also finds herself coming face to disfigured face with the demanding Phantom, who soon sets out on a reign of terror at the opera. Lee, it must be said, does a wonderful job of bringing the Phantom’s menacing, scary nature to life, while still managing to get across some of the character’s vulnerability. He is always intriguing to watch onstage and has a rich, booming voice that instantly captures the audience.
Incredible special effects, like a sparking chandelier, ghostly voices that seem to come from everywhere and nowhere all at once, and plenty of loud sound effects at just the right times also add into the spooky delight of the show. However, the beautiful music and elaborate costumes serve as a nice counterbalance to all the darkness- a dichotomy that mirrors the message of the show itself.
Equal parts sexy and spooky, this production is one that all will enjoy.
The Durham Performing Arts Center presents THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8, 8 p.m. March 9, 2 and 8 p.m. March 10, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 11 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco Historic District.
TICKETS: $35 and up, plus taxes and fees. (Note: There will be a limited number of single $20-$30 rush tickets available at DPAC‘s Blue Cross NC Ticket Center, starting at 10 a.m. the day of the performance).
Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or https://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/1116096.
GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919/281-0587, Groups@DPACnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/events-tickets/group-services.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://www.youtube.com/thephantomoftheopera.
U.S. TOUR: https://ustour.thephantomoftheopera.com/, https://www.ibdb.com/tour-production/the-phantom-of-the-opera–500558, http://www.facebook.com/ThePhantomOfTheOpera, https://twitter.com/PhantomOnTour, and http://www.youtube.com/thephantomoftheopera.
TOUR CREATIVE TEAM: https://ustour.thephantomoftheopera.com/our-people/the-creative-team/.
NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh will audio-describe the show’s 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10th, performance.
The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra) (1910 French novel): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera (Wikipedia).
Gaston Leroux (French author and journalist, 1868-1927): http://www.gaston-leroux.net/news.htm (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/gaston-leroux-11074 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_Leroux (Wikipedia).
The Phantom of the Opera (1986 West End and 1988 Broadway musical): http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/ (official website), http://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/shows/?show=The%20Phantom%20of%20the%20Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber web page), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-show/the-phantom-of-the-opera-7062 (Internet Broadway Database), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera_%281986_musical%29 (Wikipedia).
Andrew Lloyd Webber (music and book): http://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/ (official website), https://www.britannica.com/biography/Andrew-Lloyd-Webber-Baron-Lloyd-Webber-of-Sydmonton (Encyclopædia Britannica), https://ustour.thephantomoftheopera.com/our-people/the-creative-team/ (tour bio), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/andrew-lloyd-webber-12073 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lloyd_Webber (Wikipedia).
Charles Hart (lyrics): http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/ustour/people/creative/charles-hart/ (tour bio), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/charles-hart-12947 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hart_%28lyricist%29 (Wikipedia).
Richard Stilgoe (additional lyrics and book): http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/ustour/people/creative/richard-stilgoe (tour bio), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/richard-stilgoe-8326 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stilgoe (Wikipedia).
Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.triangleartsreview.com/, http://www.susiepotter.com, and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.