Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic ‘Phantom of the Opera’ kicks off its international tour in Manila

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.

Comeback classic: The Phantom of the Opera returns to Manila on Feb. 20 at The Theatre at Solaire.
Stomping ground: Phantom’s international cast has been rehearsing at the Star Theater in Star City before moving to Solaire for final preparations.
Power couple: Jonathan Roxmouth and Meghan Picerno take the lead as The Phantom and Christine.

Last Jan. 23, members of the media were given a sneak preview of the show at an open rehearsal at the Star Theater at Star City, where preparations are taking place before they move to Solaire. Even on a practice-level performance, the cast blew the audience away with snippets of iconic numbers including The Music Of The Night and Masquerade.

After kicking off in Manila, the show will travel to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tel Aviv, and Dubai. James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Production which is producing of the Asian part of the tour, said in a press release, “Phantom is undoubtedly a musical masterpiece. We are very excited to be able to bring the show back to Manila for its many faithful fans, as well as for those who have never had the chance to see this legendary show.” Legends only, indeed.

 

 

The Phantom of the Opera opens on Feb. 20 at The Theatre at Solaire. Tickets are available at ticketworld.com.ph. For updates, Follow @concertusmanila on Instagram and #PhantomManila on social media.

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