Average customer review: (4.2 Stars)
Number of reviews: 296
M. Grande from Toronto, Ontario
This new adaptation by Cameron McIntosh is definitely larger than life! I saw the original performance in Toronto as well as a couple of others in its 10 year run. This performance had some different twists, enough to differentiate it from the others and definitely worth seeing. The sets are unbelievable, the costumes are breathtaking. The performers are talented and put their heart and soul into it. What else can I saw. You will walk out feeling elated having experienced something which simply does not happen every day.
Noel from Toledo, Ohio
Okay so it was AMAZING, the only problem I had with it was they got rid of the staircase scene, and Raoul never dove into the water. I've seen it 3 times and it really upset me the last time, but other than that IT IS SO GOOD
Frances Chesney from Toronto, Ontario
The music is terrific. Having seen the original 10 times I don't like this production as much, People seeing this for the first time will like it. Not so much with previous products. worth while seeing
Zack from Carrollton, GA
PHANTOM WAS OKAY
When my fiancÚ and I came to New York, we wanted to see a show or two. We saw Wicked first and then saw Phantom the next day. In my opinion, Phantom was not at the level of Wicked. The story line was hard to follow and did not seem very developed. I had a hard time understanding some of the singing from the supporting characters. However, the sining from the main characters was outstanding. I would not see this show again.
Connie from Lancaster, PA
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
I have seen Phantom of the Opera before and loved it. I was disappointed in this one. The guy that played Raoul did not have the voice for the part. I would like to hope he was sick! His name is Ryan Silverman. I would try to go again if he was not in the show. The rest of the show was fantastic and Hugh Panaro as the Phantom.... Wow what a voice! He is worth going to hear! Oh and a great restaurant is The Brazil Grill. Their sizzling steak is a must!
Claudia from Cincinnati, Ohio
LOTS OF SOUND ISSUES AND MUSICAL TIMING
I saw the show in Columbus, OH and it was great. Grodin is a superb Phantom, and the rest of the cast was excellent. When they came to Cincinnati (my town), I went to see it again. The performance was good - but lots of parts were sung rather fast, almost like they had better places to be. It left much to be desired. I still loved the show overall. So I took my mom for Mother's day sat. eve. She hadn't seen it since Michael Crawford played the Phantom. When we arrived, the understudy took over for the Phantom for the last week it was in town. A bit disappointing, I had talked up Grodin to her, and now felt a little stupid. BUT - When Snyder went to sing his first lines as the Phantom - nothing came out. His mic was dead!! You couldn't hear him again til they went downstairs, and when he tells Christine to "SING" he just walked off stage. Probably to fix the mic before MOTN. Smart move. But his performance was affected. After Int. he was amazing! But sound problems continued. :(
William T. from Dallas, Texas
HIT & MISS
I've only seen one other production of this show, many years ago, & all I recall was that it was a bit of an anti-climax. I admit to having been spoiled by the original cast recording, and Michael Crawford 's Phantom is a hard act to follow. This was a decent enough production, but there were some changes that I didn't care for. The "Masquerade" sequence had no grand staircase, no exotic masqueraders and the Phantom's "Red Death" was not represented in the traditional way. Cooper Grodin's Phantom left me somewhat cold. He was trying too hard to be dark & menacing, & was lacking as a "sympathetic" Phantom, which is essential to the character. Some of his gestures were reminiscent of John Barrymore, amusingly enough. The singing from most of the principals sounded too "American"...Too many harsh "R's" and such. There were subtle-but-noticeable changes in libretto & stage direction which were disappointing to anyone who knows the show well. Overall, very good, but not great.
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