You don’t have to travel to New York to experience an amazing Broadway musical. The musical comes to you! From Avenue Q to Wicked, I’ve seen countless of Broadway shows right here in Austin, Texas. Visiting us now is Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera.
I first saw the play when I was 10 years old in San Antonio and instantly became infatuated. The music, the story, the costumes, the scenery – really everything about it captivated me. Yes, I was the girl who learned to play almost every Phantom song on the piano. Needless to say, my Phantom obsession soon subsided though I’ve always cherished the memory of seeing the play with my family. I’ve loved that experience so much that I can’t bring myself to watch the movie. There are so many elements of surprise during the live theatre play that I just don’t think a movie could do it justice.
Now that several years have passed and the Phantom is back, I grabbed my best gal pal for a fun night out. We sat third row center just behind the conductor of the live orchestra! It was definitely the way to go. Despite vaguely recalling the storyline, we were instantly sucked into each scene. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t seen it, but the special effects were intense sitting that close to the stage…yeah I’m talking about the fire, the chandelier, the set changes…we were completely transported to a different world and loving every minute of it.
After seeing the Phantom of the Opera for a second time all these years later, I have to say it’s still my favorite. The songs are beautiful, the vocal talent is astonishing, and the scenery is so realistic. Plus the special effects keep you guessing and the guys entertained.
“The Phantom of the Opera is here”…in Austin until April 4th, and will continue to travel the country. It’s a great date event (yes guys, the ladies will likely jump into your lap following some startling surprises) OR it’s perfect for a ladies night out (who knows, maybe you’ll meet your Raoul that night). Enjoy!