Even if you’re not a huge theater fan, you’ve probably heard of The Phantom of the Opera. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic has been the longest-running Broadway show of all time (with 13,000 performances as of January 2018) and it’s still going strong. There’s the film starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum too, so unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, you’ll probably know a few tunes. Come Feb. 20, the beloved musical will make its return to Manila (it was first staged here in August 2012), and kick off its international tour.
For the uninitiated, Phantom tells the story of a disfigured musical genius only known as, well, the Phantom, who lives in the deep underbelly of the Paris Opera House. He is enchanted by the beauty and talent of Christine, a young soprano. He lures her in and makes her his protégé́ and eventually he — guess what? — falls in love with her. It’s a tale where drama, jealousy, madness, and passions collide, all set against a backdrop of opulence in the early 1900s.
The international cast flew to Manila earlier this month and have been rehearsing non-stop for the much-awaited show. According to local promoter Concertus Manila, clamor for the musical has been overwhelming, so much so that they’ve extended its run here even before the show opens. The show will now be playing until Mar. 31 at The Theatre at Solaire.
Leading the cast as The Phantom is Jonathan Roxmouth, known for his roles as Che in Evita and as Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is joined by Meghan Picerno, who will be playing Christine, and Matt Leisy, taking on the role of Raoul.