Finally, I got to see this with James tonight. I've wanted to see this for many MANY years but I could never afford the tickets. Thank goodness for theatre vouchers cause otherwise we could never have been able to go ($80/£40 for the cheap tickets). So thanks David & Pam!
Anyway--it really is what everyone says it is just absolutely incredibly brilliant. It's way better than the movie and even kept James awake for two and a half hours (he usually falls asleep in musicals) so it must be good. The best part is that it was at Her Majesty's Theatre which was the original theatre that Phantom had its world premiere way back in 1986 (two years before it hit Broadway). Funny how people can never get tired of something.
The story is very sad and by the end you feel sorry for the Phantom and wonder if maybe had had a proper childhood, a good plastic surgeon and got out a bit more if he would be in this mess. But then I doubt it would be as romantic a musical about a disfigured chap crying about his mum to his shrink now would it? Personally I am happy to go along with the whole 'tragic romance' thing--much much more fun.
It was great to 'escape' for a few hours to see this and let my mind wander off. That's what's so great about the theatre as one minute you're in Paris or 19th Century America and you never know where you'll go or what adventure (or crisis) you'll encounter in the next production. I love how 'real' and almost organic the theatre is and how I feel like I am sharing "moments" among friends. Anyway- these reasons and productions like I saw tonight are why you'll always see me ticket in hand and a big grin on my face at the theatre. So till next time!