I was stationed in the US Army in Fuerth / Nuremberg in 1970-71 not far from the Palace of Justice, and have followed the history of the war and the atrocities committed against all people. I think people should see this play and beware of what mankind can do against peace loving people.
I'd be interested in seeing if this is middle school age appropriate. I'm gonna try to make it for one of the shows. We are always looking for venues to help the students learn about this part of history.
Michael, thank you for pointing that out. The story has been updated to reflect those corrections.
A couple of corrections : The Group I started in Rochester in 1980 was Masque Enterprises. Rainbow Theatre was the group I started in Knoxville in 1994. I moved to Knoxville in 1994
Thank you Mr. Raymond for a fine article.
If this production is based on the last Broadway revival, then the Spanish translations were done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of "In the Heights."
You didn't mention the lighting. It was SO frustrating to so frequently not be able to see the actors or their faces, especially when compounded with the sound issues. I agree with your comments about the orchestra. The sets were uninspired. All in all, I felt that the talented people on stage were let down by the production side of things, as was the audience. Even the ushering was weird - did no one meet with the ushers to explain the numbering system?. And one usher opted to disrupt the opening number by bringing a couple down to the very front, only to return up the aisle with them (noisily) because they were on the wrong side. I was very excited to return to the Kodak Center to see a show as I often went there when Greece Athena did their shows there. The Athena production staff did not seem to have these same issues with the venue. For the price RAPA is now charging for tickets, one expects more...
Excellent write-up, looking forward to the interpretations.
Bravo! Looking forward to it...
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Nick, I couldn't agree more. It isn't the story that's flawed. As you say, the original production has lasted since 1986.
Doglanta, on November 25 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the principal actors will be replaced, INCLUDING Cooper Grodin.
The Phantom will be played by Chris Mann
The principal Christine will be Katie Travis
Raoul will be played by Storm Lineberger
OK, just got back from the Phantom show tonight in Atlanta and I have to say I hated it. Well not all of it but a lot of it. I thought Julia Udine did a good job as Christine, and I thought the stage scenery was better than I thought it would be for a touring version of the show. But, the actor playing the Phantom, Cooper Grodin, was absolutely terrible. It was almost as if he had never actually heard the songs before. He seemed to rush through his lines and songs. Sometimes the songs sounded like he was just shouting words instead of singing. He really ruined the show for me. My daughter said he sounded like he was doing a Saturday Night Live parody of the Phantom, and not a very good one either. The show was not a total loss but it was by far the worst of the 6 version of it I have seen. Disappointing. Plus, unfortunately the sound at the Atlanta Fox Theater was really bad. Many people were commenting out loud that they could not hear the actors let alone understand what they were saying. There were also some key Phantom elements missing from there show such as Christine de-masking the Phantom. How can you remove that from this show? This version of the show may not seem as bad for someone who has never seen the show before but if you have seen the original show chances are you will feel cheated.
RocTheStage, thank you for the note. The story has been updated.
Great review! Just one thing - Chai is NOT a Hebrew letter - it's a Hebrew word consisting of two Hebrew letters. Important distinction in the play and otherwise.
Great to hear that. Saw Sister Act in germany in oberhausen and it was such a fun to watch. Left theatre as a very happy person with my friends and a kind of easy living-feeling. This site provides much information and material like photos and videos, enjoy: http://www.musical-72.de
I think it is actually the production that is flawed, not the story (if it were the latter, why would it have lasted over a century?). Go and watch Hal Prince's original production if you haven't already, and you'll find yourself completely immersed. It is far superior than this poor attempt at money-saving.
Had the pleasure of catching the show on opening night....truly outstanding acting by these three terrific actors. A very though-provoking, moving, emotional show to be sure!!
Yes, I noticed the wobbly statue. The critics almost all seem to be raving about the new production, and although some of the new sets/scenery are quite good, the big multi-purpose drum, the "Masquerade" Ballroom (although the red-uniformed Phantom is completely unimpressive and not frightening), the show is clearly a down-sized, cheaper version.
Sorry, I forgot to say "YIKES" before!
Yikes, some people take this show WAY too seriously, but I also kind of understand the obsession, having a slight case of it myself. I would just like to add that I was disappointed by some of the updating/downsizing, and distracted by the thought that producers were motivated by saving money. Did you happen to catch the statue that wobbled as The Phantom climbed aboard? ? I say again: Yikes.
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