Walking into Her Majesty’s Theatre to watch The Phantom of the Opera, I was slightly apprehensive as to what I was about to witness. Having fallen into the trap of judging a musical based on the film that was made of it, I was unsure as to how much of it I would enjoy in person but after the first ten minutes of the production starting I was completely enthralled.
For any of you who haven’t a clue what The Phantom of the Opera is about, here is the synopsis taken from the website of London’s production,
“Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.”
The Phantom of the Opera is truly something to witness, with the group numbers captivating the audience with so much colour and glamour, Masquerade, was one number in particular that I found myself trying to watch each cast member at one time, trying to take it all in!
Having heard so many rave reviews of Celinde Schoenmaker, I definitely wasn’t disappointed. She absolutely shines as Christine Daaé, her portrayal is stunningly faultless and she hit every note effortlessly, making it look extremely easy to those who know it most definitely isn’t!
Ben Forster was brilliant as the Phantom, his voice was so wondeful, especially in duets with Schoenmaker, in The Point of No Return specifically, was so beautiful I could listen to it all day!
Lastly, but certainly not the least, Nadim Naaman as Raoul was fantastic, taking on each song he sung with a beautiful tone and nature, and I was very impressed.
Overall, I would 10/10 recommend this show to anyone who is on the fence about seeing it, I would definitely see it a second time in order to fully absorb everything I couldn’t the last time. The Phantom of the Opera is an absolute classic and a timeless piece of musical theatre history, and will no doubt be around for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t run right out and buy your tickets right now!
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