Portland readers, if you've ever wanted to see Phantom of the Opera, you can see it at Keller Auditorium through August 5.
Phantom of the Opera is one of my all-time favorite musicals. If I had to play one of those Top 10 games where you pick the movies/soundtracks/musicals that made an impact on you, Phantom would be there high on the list. I wanted to be Christine Daaé. Sarah Brightman was my idol in high school. I took years of vocal lessons and spent 2 years at a music conservatory because I had a dream of using my coloratura soprano voice on stage to make art and Phantom of the Opera was one of those musicals that sent me in that direction.
And then I went a different route and decided being a poor, struggling musician wasn't really the life I wanted. But boy, do I LOVE enjoying watching other people's art. Musicals are my favorite. I love being taken away to another place. This was the 15th time I've seen Phantom of the Opera, but the first time I've seen it as a touring company and the first time I've seen it since I lost my dad in 2009. Phantom holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons.
The first time I saw this show as a teen, my dad bought me a keychain ticket and a color changing mug; I tried to buy a new mug last night since our color changing mug as long stopped changing colors but that merch is no longer available. I still have my keychain.
Quentin Oliver Lee as the man behind the mask, Eva Tavares as Christine Daaé, Jordan Craig as Raoul, as well as the rest of the cast, truly moved me last night at Keller Auditorium during the Portland, OR, tour of Phantom of the Opera. Quentin Oliver Lee didn't start out as powerful as I anticipated for the Phantom but his overall role proved to be perfect casting by the end of the evening. Eva Tavares as Christine Daaé was impeccable. Every time she opened her mouth to sing, I couldn't have loved her more. When the three leads all sang together their blending was as if they were born to sing not only together, but the roles they were cast in. David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin and Rob Lindley as Monsieur André were comedic perfection, while Trista Moldovanas Carlotta Giudicelli—so perfect you hated her just as you should.
Tavares rendition of Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again made me tear up. So powerful. Craig and Tavares All I Ask of You as well as Tavares/Craig/Lee performing Down Once More …/Track Down This Murderer were just a few of the highlights of the performance. The set design, staging. Everything makes me want to see it again.
With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom of the Opera is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of Phantom of the Opera will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production which just celebrated 30 years at the Majestic Theatre.”
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said, “With Phantom of the Opera still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 30 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of Phantom of the Opera has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 3.7 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new Phantom of the Opera is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again. With the production continuing to be such a success, we are delighted to welcome our exciting new stars to keep the music of the night soaring for many years to come.”
Saturday, July 28, 7:30pm
Sunday, July 29, 1:00pm 6:30pm – Open Caption Performance
Tuesday, July 31, 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 1, 7:30pm – Open Caption Performance
Thursday, August 2, 7:30pm
Friday, August 3, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 4, 2:00pm – ASL Interpreted Performance 7:30pm
Sunday, August 5, 1:00pm 6:30pm
Wheelchair seating is available at all performances.For information on ADA seating, please call the Broadway in Portland Box Office 503-417-0573, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit the Broadway in Portland Box Office in person (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Tickets can be purchased:
or at Portland’5 Box Office: 800-273-1530
U.S. Bank Broadway in Portland is a partnership between Portland Opera and Broadway Across America.
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