“Close Your Eyes and Surrender to Your Darkest Dreams”
For years I’ve waited and for years I’ve longed. But finally, FINALLY last weekend it came. All thanks to my husband too. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better. Were there issues? Sure, nothing’s perfect. However, I had no expectations going into it because I refused to see or learn anything about it. Talk about torture! But boy am I glad I did because I was blown away! By what, right? Phantom of the Opera of course!
If you haven’t seen it… well what the heck are you waiting for? Don’t worry it took me many years to finally make it a priority. Okay, I can’t take all the credit… my husband bought the tickets. Knowing frugal me I would have never pushed the button.
So what’s so spectacular about it? Well, let’s see… the love triangle story line, the beautiful music (song of the night, my favorite!), the graceful dancing, the humor in some scenes, the actors themselves… there’s so many things I can’t even tell you all of them! The actors were extremely talented and really became one with their character. I think my favorite three were, of course, the Phantom, Christine, and the ballet mistress. Piangi was pretty good too (and funny!). And the masquerade scene… wow… that just stole the show. I think I could watch it over and over again. Okay, well that and the music of the night scene. Both were absolutely sensational!
What wasn’t so fabulous? I was disappointed with this production’s use of the chandelier (I knew a little bit about this part before going only because so many people have talked about it). In the beginning, when it fell from the ceiling, the lights went out and they sprayed fake rubber glass over us, which was a cool touch. But that’s it. It had no other role other than looking pretty hanging over our heads. On another note, at some points the singing was a bit over the top making it difficult to understand some of the words. I thought maybe with my old hearing it was just me, but my husband agreed (and he can hear a whisper in a cafeteria full of middle school students).
Oh, and one of the dancers kept irritating me. Her timing was slow, flexibility needed work, and don’t be so obvious when you’re looking at other dancers trying to figure out what comes next. Sure all dancers, including myself, have done it, but it’s called peripheral vision. If you didn’t guess, I’m a former dancer and professional ballroom dancer, so these little things annoy me, but I’m sure most people (my husband included) didn’t notice at all. Don’t worry, that didn’t ruin my experience. Just had to put it out there because if you get such an opportunity as a dancer, make sure you nail it.
Otherwise… I loved it! And the book is finally going on my TBR list. I’ve heard it’s very different from the play though, but that’s okay. I’d like to see the inspiration behind the musical and compare the two. Have any of you seen or read the book before? What are your thoughts? If not, I totally recommend you go! It’ll take your breath away 🙂