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‘The Phantom’ returns to Manila

February 28, 2019 – Carla Delgado

After 7 years, “The Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Philippine theaters again! This 2019, from Feb. 28 to Mar. 31, Filipinos will have the chance to watch the shows at the Theatre at Solaire. 

Even if you’re no theatre fan, it’s very likely that you’ve heard of this classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. It’s the longest-running show on Broadway and it has been performed in so many countries and in different languages. The musical is actually based on the novel of French writer Gaston Leroux entitled “Le Fantôme de l'Opéra.” It’s about a disfigured man who is referred to as “The Phantom” in the Paris Opera House. He tutors (and eventually falls in love with) a young soprano named Christine, who then falls in love with her childhood friend, Raoul. 

Some people assume that because this Tony award- and Olivier award-winning musical been around for so long, it won’t be relatable for new audiences. That’s not exactly true. The reason “The Phantom of the Opera” has lasted this long is because everything about it is timeless. We all enjoy a good ol’ romantic love story, but the musical has a wonderful twist to it that is simply unique. It is a complex story with themes of loneliness, love, and music.


It has a captivating plot that resonates with audiences from different walks of life. The musical score is also very iconic and recognizable from anywhere, not to mention the intricate and very detailed costumes! All the design involved in the production is nothing less than amazing, which is why people keep coming back to watch it again and again.

Jonathan Roxmouth will once again take on the role of The Phantom with Meghan Picerno playing as Christine. Completing the principal cast is Matt Leisy as Raoul. Other cast members include Beverly Chia as Carlotta Guidicelle, James Borthwick as Monsieur Firmin, and Curt Olds as Monsieur Andre.




The entire company on the staircase of the opera house on New Year's Eve during “Masquerade.”





The touring production has more than 100 people that make up the cast, production crew, and orchestra, just to bring this spectacle of a show to many different countries. They have released their upcoming 2019 tour dates on their website. After they kick off their world tour in Manila, they will also perform in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tel Aviv, and Dubai. As to how touring shows usually go, companies often hire a local crew for some of the production work. In this Manila staging, some of the stagehands, electricians, dresses, and production assistants were hired locally. 

If you missed the chance to catch Broadway’s biggest hit last 2012, you should definitely not miss it this time. Be part of the history of "The Phantom of the Opera"—it is something you won't ever forget!



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