Watching The Phantom of the Opera

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For me, I was lucky that my college offered tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera right around Mothers’ Day. I celebrated the holiday early by taking my mother to see her first professional performance. I bought tickets to see the musical on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. We spent the day shopping in New York with my some of my college mates. When we got to the theatre, I was slightly disappointed at the size and stuffiness of the theatre, as my imagination always cited spacious grand opera houses as the house for all Broadway shows. What The Majestic Theatre lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in atmosphere. It was very beautiful and ornate and it was like stepping back in time. I was instantly reminded of the movie Moulin Rouge when I entered. It definitely has an old-Hollywood glitz and glamour vibe, with the deep tangerine curtains and the hauntingly dim lighting, which seemed to fit the musical perfectly. There were a lot of steep stairs to climb to get to our seating area. We arrived about two minutes before it began, therefore, as we attempted to find our seats within that 2 minute countdown, the lights shut totally off, leaving us in a blacked out haze of confusion. Somehow, an usher made his way to us and helped us find our seats. Our seats moderately comfortable, but because our seats were located in the mezzanine area, our vision was at times obscured when anything went on at the top of the stage; we were forced to crouch down in our seats to see it. The music in The Phantom of the Opera was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Music was provided by a large orchestra; the instruments I noted were violins and a harp. There were also percussion instruments, an organ, s... ... middle of paper ... ...r croaking like a frog and being terrified of a shaking chandelier. The Phantom shows his jealousy throughout the musical, and at one point he gives Christine a frightful warning about her closeness to Raoul. Hugh Panaro as The Phantom was interesting. He has a lovely tenor voice, and acts as the Phantom well. There were parts where I thought he went a little bit overboard in acting out in the final scene. I understand that an opera has dramatically embellished gestures, but the final act seemed a bit disingenuous. His voice made him too pretty and too delicate for the part. In my imagination, the Phantom was more physically intimidating. Nevertheless, my mother and I did enjoy the show a lot. It’s amazing how you can sit for an hour and a half with your body glued to the stage as if it were 10 minutes. We plan to attend more Broadway shows in the near future.

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