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At the Majestic Theater in New York, the story of Erik, the disfigured musical genius, and Christine Daae, his beautiful young student, has played for more than 27 years and for slightly more than 12,000 performances. It has overhauled "CATS" as the longest running Broadway musical in history. It is a rock opera; a musical with almost no spoken dialog. The fact that the operatic score has remained so accessible and generally appreciated is a tribute to its composer.

Derrick Davis as the Phantom is a fine singer and an even better stage actor. Jordan Craig as Christine's lover, Raoul, is an excellent counterbalance to him. However, the vocal class prize goes to Katie Davis as Christine Daae. Katie is the whole package. She dances and she acts and can she sing! It is important to remember that "Phantom" was originally written for Andrew Lloyd Weber's wife more than 30 years ago, Sarah Bright man. Ms. Brightman has a clear ethereal quality to her upper range that is unusual. The producers have been fortunate to find Katie Davis whose voice matches the original top range so well.

This new iteration of this classic production has been entirely refreshed and reinvigorated. The multi-level sets have been reimagined. The famous falling chandelier has been upgraded with more than 6000 crystals, flash pots built on board, and a covering tarp that is flexible enough to be sucked into the center of the chandelier at the opening auction. "Phantom" requires than 900 lighting instruments to achieve the designer's intent. The entire set rotates on a huge turntable set upstage center. Some of the multilevel sets from the original staging have been sacrificed to this tour, but the changes have not hurt the show.

The whole cast of this traveling production is exceptional. The lead characters, the dancers, the ensemble, and the supernumeraries are top quality performers. If the actors can sing, this show is close to bulletproof. These actors can sing.

The quality of the acting and the physical relationships between the secondary characters have been enhanced especially in the OG Notes device scenes. This is the area where the writers have advance the story by singing (reading) notes delivered from the Phantom. A stage center presentation makes these " Recitative" sections more accessible than when you just hear the music. All these multiple upgrades, a mostly locally hired pit orchestra, and troupe of outstanding performers earn "Phantom" a second, third and even a fourth look.

There are eight authorized companies of "Phantom" playing around the world. It has been performed an unbelievable 90,000 times globe wide and the "Phantom" phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down. This current cast of 52 musicians and performers plus more than a hundred crew members do credit to the tradition of the Opera Ghost hiding in Box 5.

"Phantom of the Opera" is the descendant of a 1909 serialized magazine story by Gaston Leroux . Leroux was a Frenchman, a writer of tales best compared to those of the mystery writers of the 1930s. He was not terribly well regarded, but the Phantom has lived on and on. The story first transitioned to film in 1925 starring Lon Chaney Sr. It has been recreated on film several more times and twice as a musical play.

Part of the reason Phantom remains alive is because it is set in a real place. The actual Paris opera house is called the Palais Granier. The Palais is a ten story, still standing, performance venue in the heart of Paris. It was finished in 1875 as the completion of a commission from Napoleon himself. Pictures of it and its 2000 seat auditorium look at least as extravagant as the opera house imagined in "Phantom." The building has thousands of rooms including seven sub-basements below the stage level. At the lowest level lives a real subterranean lake, which might suggest a route to the Phantom's secret lair.

Of course, the Phantom is just a figment of Leroux's imagination, but there are rumors. In 1896, a true accident with a chandelier (very much like the one in the musical) killed a construction worker when a counterweight fell on him. The main backdrop Grand Drapery from this production is a dead ringer for the Grand Drape still hanging at the Palais Granier.

If you love "Phantom" to the point of obsession, there is breaking news. A touring production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's 2010 sequel to "Phantom" "Love Never Dies" has just been announced for its premier North American production in the 2017-18 tour season. Audiences who enjoyed what they saw at the Music Hall may soon have an opportunity to see a ten year older Christine be tempted by a Phantom (who has escaped the Palais Granier) to set up shop at Coney Island, New York in its heyday. Here his appearance is not extraordinary.

"Phantom of the Opera" continues at the Kansas City Music Hall through February 19. Tickets are available on the Broadway Theater League website or by telephone at 800-776-SHOW (7469).

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“The Phantom of the Opera” opened on Broadway on January 26, 1988. Almost 12,100 performances later, it is still running at the Winter Garden Theater, establishing itself as the longest running show in the history of Broadway. I’ve seen the show five times on Broadway, including two weeks after it opened and was very lucky to have seen the great Michael Crawford, who originated the title role and won nearly every award for his performance twice. A “new” version of the show is now touring the country and this week it began a limited run in Kansas City.

The story is a simple one: there’s a “ghost” in the Paris opera house who has taken an interest in the latest young singer on the bill. He gives his heart and soul towards making her the best only to be thwarted by others. But not until he’s wreaked a little havoc.

Knowing that the production had been tweaked a little I went into the show with an open mind. Obviously it wouldn’t be fair to hold a touring show to the Broadway experience. Though I needn’t have worried. The production I saw was brilliantly produced and, though I had a few quibbles with some of the changes, I was thoroughly entertained.

The cast was amazing. As the title character, Derrick Davis embodied the role. Playing an iconic role can sometimes make an actor “cheat” – and borrow from other performances. I can’t tell you how much of the character Moss I stole from Ed Harris when I did “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Here Mr. Davis makes the Phantom both frightening and sympathetic, a hard combination to pull off. And musically, he is in great voice. Joining him are the other main characters. As the Phantom’s love interest, Christine, Katie Travis was perfectly cast. Torn between her feelings for her benefactor and those for the man she loves (a strong Jordan Craig as Raoul), it is easy to see her emotional quandary. Both she and Mr. Craig have a strong chemistry on stage. As the Opera’s resident diva, Carlotta, Trista Moldovan hit all the right notes, both comedic and musical. You can read my interview with Ms. Moldovan here . The supporting cast is equally strong.

If you’ve seen the show on Broadway, or in other touring shows, here are a few things that I noticed in this “new” edition of the show. Firstly, the revealing of the Phantom’s face happens twice for some reason. The show does journey to the roof of the Opera house here and the changes did nothing to effect my enjoyment of the show. What did bother me was the opening of the 2nd act with the musical number “Masquerade.” In previous shows the cast came down a huge, sprawling staircase and, even though half of the “guests” were smartly disguised mannequins, the effect was breath-taking. Here it is a ballroom lined with mirrors that, I’m guessing were supposed to multiply in the viewers eyes the number of people. I was in the center of the theatre and it just looked like 24 people dancing. Also, the Phantom used to crash the party in a striking costume reminiscent of the Masque of the Red Death. Here he looks like a cross between Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Not as menacing as a giant red skeleton. Again, if you’ve never seen the show you won’t be disappointed by the changes but if you have you might.

“The Phantom of the Opera” runs in Kansas City through February 19. Other upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 22-March 5, Atlanta, GA March 8-19, Little Rock, AR March 23-April 1, West Palm Beach, FL April 5-16, Birmingham, AL

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has been entertaining audiences all over the world for 30 years and surpassed

as the longest-running Broadway production in January 2006. The story of The Phantom and his deep obsession for a young songstress by the name of Christine Daae has been performed for 145 million people since it first took the stage on Broadway, and the production has traveled to over 150 cities in 30 countries worldwide.

not only follows the tale of an apprenticeship between a deformed musical prodigy and his muse but the enraged jealousy and manipulation that ensues when The Phantom discovers Christine's love for the Opera House's new patron, Raoul de Chagny.

'The Angel of Music Stops by the Kansas City Music Hall'

Andrew Lloyd Webber's

musical production of

is known as one of the most successful pieces of entertainment regardless of the media in which it is produced. It's no surprise that such a timeless production would find its way onto the stage of the Kansas City Music Hall in Missouri. The Kansas City Music Hall hosts myriad events, including major Broadway productions, touring Opera and Ballet companies, and was the home to the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra for several years. Some of the standout performers to have worked on the production throughout its history include

Colm Wilkinson

who loaned his haunting vocals to the role of The Phantom in a sit-down production of the show in 1989.

Hugh Panaro

is another notable actor who once advanced from a simple stand-in part for the role of Raoul to the leading role of The Phantom.

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'Children ages 7 and older typically don't find The Phantom to be very frightening, but younger children between the ages of five and six tend to find the character a bit scary. Parents should use their discretion when bringing their children to the show.'

'How long does The Phantom of the Opera performance last?'

lasts two hours and 30 minutes with an included 15-minute intermission between the first and second acts.

'Who are some of the current cast members on The Phantom of the Opera tour?'

Emma Grimsley and Derrick Davis currently star in the touring production of

as Christine Daae and The Phantom himself. The cast also stars SarahGrace Mariani as Meg Giry, Trista Moldovan as Carlotta Guidicelli and Susan Moniz as Madame Giry.

'What are some of the songs I can expect to hear during The Phantom of the Opera?'

There are plenty of memorable musical numbers in

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, but here are a few titles that have been made popular by the production: Think of Me, Angel of Music, Prima Donna, All I Ask of You, Masquerade, The Phantom of the Opera, The Music of the Night and Stranger Than You Dreamt It.

'What awards has The Phantom of the Opera won?'

'Amongst the 70 theater awards the production has won over the years are seven Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards, an Evening Standard Award, four Olivier Awards and five Outer Critic Circle Awards.'

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Phantom Returns to Kansas City in Love Never Dies

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Prepare to be transported to New York’s iconic Coney Island where the masked Phantom of the Opera is eagerly awaiting your arrival!  Love Never Dies , Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to  The Phantom of the Opera , plays under the stars for six performances, Aug. 14–19.

Set 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House,  Love Never Dies  follows his new life in New York where he lives among the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Although he has finally found peace and acceptance within his new world, the Phantom still desperately yearns for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé. Now an internationally-acclaimed soprano, Christine receives an invitation to open Oscar Hammerstein I’s new Manhattan opera house. With her marriage to Raoul crumbling and the couple’s finances on the brink, Christine jumps at the chance and travels from Paris to New York with her young family and the hope of a fresh start.

In a final attempt to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul and their young son, Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island. Will the Phantom succeed in his romantic endeavor or has his chance at love passed “The Point of No Return?”

With a soaring new score by legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and direction by Simon Phillips,  Love Never Dies  takes audiences on a thrilling roller coaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be entranced by the musical’s beautifully poetic score featuring such songs as “Beneath a Moonless Sky,” “Love Never Dies,” “The Beauty Underneath” and “Til I Hear You Sing.”

Since its premiere in 2010,  Love Never Dies  has enjoyed productions worldwide in London, Australia, Denmark, Japan and Germany, as well as multiple cast recordings. A DVD release of the Australian production has delighted fans globally, and now the North American tour brings the musical to the US for the first time.  The Telegraph  dubbed  Love Never Dies  as “One of the greatest of all Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals,” while  Sunday Express  called the show “A masterpiece.”

Direct from playing Raoul in the long-running production of  The Phantom of the Opera  on Broadway, Bronson Norris Murphy stars as the Phantom in  Love Never Dies . Murphy previously appeared in the 30th Anniversary Company of  Cats  (Gus, Growltiger and Bustopher Jones) and in multiple US productions of  West Side Story  (Tony). Meghan Picerno portrays songstress Christine Daaé. Much like her character, Picerno’s operatic talents have taken her across the world with select performances at the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts Festival in Montreal, the Barcelona Opera Studio’s summer concert series and the iSing Festival at The National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, China.

Love Never Dies  opens at Starlight Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and runs for six performances through Sunday, Aug. 19. All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $14 and are available at  www.kcstarlight.com , by calling 816.363.7827 or visiting the ticket office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64132.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “The Phantom of the Opera” is playing in Kansas City from Feb. 8-19, and for just the third time ever it features an African-American in the role of the Phantom.

FOX 4’s Matt Stewart caught up with Derrick Davis, who plays the phantom, and Katie Travis, who plays Christine. The two only had kind words to speak of each other. Katie, who has played in the show with other phantoms, says Derrick brings an incredible strength to the role of the phantom.

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Haunting Soundtrack For Silent Classic 'The Phantom Of The Opera'

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The Phantom of the Opera , a 1925 silent film, tells the story of an organist who lurks beneath an opera house. This Halloween night, organist Aaron David Miller will be in plain sight at the Kauffman Center, when he provides the soundtrack for a screening of this film.

Aaron David Miller is a Minnesota-based organist and composer, who travels widely performing repertoire spanning all periods. Miller has gained a reputation for his "vivid musical imagination" and improvisation style. He's also accompanied a number of silent films, although mostly early comedies.

"I tend to do a lot of Chaplin movies, a few Buster Keatons," says Miller. "It's always fun to do a big, dramatic film like The Phantom of the Opera ."

Interview Highlights: Aaron David Miller

On one of his first teachers, from Kansas City

"I studied with Carlene Neihart. She was my very first organ teacher...she was very much my first important organ teacher that taught me the landscape of the classical repertoire, and how the organ fits in the symphonic scene, and the history of the organ and so forth. Carlene in Kansas City has always been a special place in my heart."

On the appeal of the organ

"My very first experience with a pipe organ was a small mechanical action organ. Literally, there's a mechanical connection between every note and every stop and the pipe. And having somebody kind of walk me through that to see what those different connections are, and how you can manipulate the organ from the console. I was about five when that happened. I was really bitten by the bug, at that point."

On improvisation and repertoire

"With silent film...I use a lot of classical themes or themes that may have been popular when the film was first made, but also using that material to improvise the dramatic content of the film. That as a scene unfolds, I'm using either a classical theme or a folk song or something to push the dramatics of the film forward.

On The Phantom of the Opera as adventure film

"Most people identify it as a horror film, but in many ways it's kind of an adventure film. It takes place around a production of Gounod's Faust , so all the way through the film, you have all these references to Gounod's Faust and themes that occur in that opera.

"As the movie goes on, characters come in and are introduced, and other ones get killed off and suddenly become missing and so forth, so a lot of the musical thematic material for the film comes straight out of Faust ."

On Halloween organ music on the Kauffman Center's Casavant organ

"There's a number of French Romantic organ pieces that have a very dark character. There's a piece by Eugène Gigout, Toccata in B minor , that has this wonderful, dark aura about it. A couple of times, I've slipped it into the film ( Phantom ) as just kind of a fun reference of the time that that piece would have been written, roughly about the time as that the film came out. And, certainly the organ at the Kauffman Center, has that very dark French feel to it. A lot of the reeds are very dark, and there's lots of wonderful string timbres that are very lush."

Organist Aaron David Miller accompanies the silent film, The Phantom of the Opera, on October 31, on the Casavant organ at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. It's part of the series called Screenland at the Symphony . Tickets are sold out, but there's a waiting list, as some tickets could become available before the show. (816) 471-0400.

The Artists in their Own Words series is supported by the Missouri Arts Council , a state agency.

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Recently attended The Phantom of the Opera at the Music Hall in Kansas City. I can not stress how beautiful the building is. Definitely ornate, definitely class and definitely a jewel for Kansas City. Oh, and the performance was fantastic too! If I did have one complaint...Kansas City needs to figure out the parking downtown...and stop focusing so much on the need to build another convention center and hotel. It is ridiculous that we have so many activities in the downtown area and little to no parking. And if there is parking, it is reserved for people who don't even attend any of the events. It's dumb. Get better KC.

One of my favorite places to view live entertainment. Located in the Municipal Auditorium. Underground parking across the street and in lots surrounding the Hall. Nice venue- not our newest but still classy and comfortable. Loges are great seating. Also has 2 balcony. Hosts live theatre . Acoustics are great. Balcony seating can be warm in the winter

The Music hall is breath- taking beautiful, but unfortunately the seating makes it impossible to get a good vantage point unless you are seated in the first few rows. It only seems to get worse if you are seated higher up.

The Music Hall of K.C. is the destination for many shows of various typesl Part of the problem, especially on weekends when the Convention Center, which is next door, has an exhibit going on there. Underground parking can be frustrating, so you need to plan ahead of time where you will park. The facility itlself is OK. The seats are comfortable, but they need an upgrade. You can sit almost anywhere in the auditorium and hear the stage presentation. The last few rows of the orchestra have a overhang, so you want to sit further forward in the orchestra section. Restrooms are on the first floor, and not on the second floor, but you can take an elevator up and down if you're up in the mezzanine.

Have been to this venue on many occasions. Most recently, my daughters' dance recital was held there! Each time, this historic building was amazingly clean and equipment and seating was in excellent repair. The staff is professional and helpful. The most difficult thing is parking, largely depending on the other venues happening in the area, but should not be reflected on Music Hall as parking is privately or city owned and operated.

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The Phantom of the Opera Tour for 2024 has been confirmed, with dates and locations across the US. Excited fans can expect the iconic musical to come to life once again in various cities, including California.

Following the recent closure of the Broadway production due to financial challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, the tour is a highly anticipated return of the beloved production. Despite its costliness to sustain, the lavish and grandiose nature of the show continues to captivate audiences, heralding a triumphant return to the stage.

With a rich history and enduring popularity, the Phantom of the Opera tour promises to deliver a riveting experience for both seasoned fans and newcomers alike. Get ready to embrace the enchanting tale of love, passion, and mystery as the Phantom of the Opera takes center stage once more.

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The Phantom of the Opera Tour 2024 promises to captivate audiences with its timeless appeal and magical lore . Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece continues to enthrall theater-goers with its mysterious storyline that delves into the depths of love, betrayal, and passion.

As the Phantom of the Opera embarks on its highly anticipated tour, fans can anticipate a mesmerizing experience as the iconic tale unfolds on stage, transporting them to the opulent world of 19th century Paris. From the haunting melodies to the lavish set designs , every element of the production promises to immerse the audience in the beauty and tragedy of the story.

Whether you’re a devoted fan or a newcomer to the spectacle, the Phantom of the Opera Tour 2024 is a must-see event that promises to leave a lasting impression and ignite a passion for musical theater that transcends time.

Tour Highlights And Venues

We are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated Phantom of the Opera Tour 2024 . The tour promises to showcase a captivating journey through iconic theaters and venues, delivering an exceptional spectacle that fans of the Phantom of the Opera will cherish. Featuring a remarkable blend of unique performances and special features, the 2024 production is set to elevate the audience experience to new heights.

This tour offers a sneak peek at the 2024 itinerary, highlighting the iconic theaters that will host this extraordinary spectacle. Audiences can anticipate experiencing the Phantom of the Opera in some of the most renowned venues, enhancing the overall immersion and grandeur of the production.

Moreover, the 2024 tour will amaze audiences with special features that elevate the performance to an entirely new level. From innovative stage design to enhanced musical arrangements, this tour promises to offer an unforgettable and unique experience for fans and newcomers alike.

Experiencing The Spectacle Live

The audio-visual feast of live performances: Witnessing the Phantom of the Opera live is an unforgettable experience, with mesmerizing sets, stunning costumes, and the powerful music filling the theater. Audience reactions and memorable moments: The emotional impact of the show on the audience and the memorable scenes will leave a lasting impression. Tips for the ultimate Phantom tour experience: To make the most of the Phantom of the Opera tour, consider booking tickets in advance, arriving early to soak up the atmosphere, and immersing yourself in the captivating world of this timeless masterpiece.

Behind The Scenes

The artistry of set and costume design is a pivotal aspect of the Phantom of the Opera production, creating a visually stunning backdrop for the enchanting storyline. The meticulous attention to detail in the sets and costumes transports the audience into the captivating world of the Phantom. Furthermore, orchestra plays a crucial role in bringing the mesmerizing music to life, infusing emotion and depth into each note. Additionally, gaining insight into a day in the life of a Phantom cast member offers a unique perspective on the dedication and talent required to bring this timeless production to the stage.

The Legacy Continues

The influence of Phantom of the Opera on modern theater is undeniable. Since its debut, it has set the standard for grandeur and romance, captivating audiences worldwide. The 2024 tour brings this timeless classic to a new generation, showcasing its enduring appeal and timeless music.

Why the 2024 tour is a must-see event

The upcoming tour offers a rare opportunity to experience the magic of Phantom in all its glory. With updated staging and innovative production elements, it promises to reignite the passion and enchantment that made the original production a sensation.

Looking beyond the 2024 tour, the future of Phantom of the Opera continues to evolve. Its enduring legacy ensures that new generations will continue to be captivated by its timeless tale of love and obsession.

Phantom of the Opera Tour 2024: Unmissable Spectacle

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Frequently Asked Questions On Phantom Of The Opera Tour 2024

Is phantom of the opera touring again.

Yes, Phantom of the Opera will be touring again, with upcoming dates in various locations. After closing on Broadway, the musical is set to return to stages, including a tour in the US.

Will Phantom Ever Come Back?

Yes, there’s a possibility for a Phantom comeback in the future, but no official announcement has been made yet.

Why Is Phantom Of The Opera Closing 2023?

The Phantom of the Opera is closing in 2023 because it was losing money, especially during the pandemic. The production is costly to sustain due to elaborate sets, costumes, a large cast, and orchestra, making it financially challenging to continue.

Why Is Broadway Stopping Phantom Of The Opera?

Broadway is stopping Phantom of the Opera due to financial losses, especially during the prolonged pandemic. The production requires substantial investments in sets, costumes, cast, and orchestra, and is no longer financially sustainable.

As the curtains close on “The Phantom of the Opera” tour, fans are left with fond memories of this iconic musical. Despite its closure, the magic and allure of the Phantom will continue to captivate audiences worldwide. Stay tuned for updates on future tours and experience the timeless enchantment of the Phantom for yourself.

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What: Pantom of the Opera

When: march 3-8, where: music hall in kc mo, when was the first performance, what is the story behind the event, what is the meaning of the event, what can attendees expect, what are the logistics of the event, what is the schedule of events.

The Music Hall in Kansas City is excited to present the classic musical, The Phantom of the Opera! This timeless story of unrequited love will be brought to life by a talented cast and crew, and you won’t want to miss it!

Event Details

The date is Saturday, March 14, 2020. The time is 8:00 PM. The event is The Phantom of the Opera at the Music Hall in KC MO. The cost is $25 per person.

The pantomime of the Opera is a timeless story of love, mystery, and intrigue. The classic tale of the Phantom of the Opera has been reimagined for a new generation in this exciting production. Join us for an evening of music, dance, and drama as the Phantom tries to win the heart of his true love, Christine.

The showtimes for the event are as follows:

-March 3 at 7:30 PM -March 4 at 7:30 PM -March 5 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM -March 6 at 7:30 PM -March 7 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM -March 8 at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

The Maria Callas in-Concert event will be held at the Kansas City Music Hall. The address is 301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105. The event is being held in the Folly Theater.

History of the Event

The history of the event is interesting. The first performance was in Kansas City, MO. The actor who played the lead, Carlotta, was a local girl. She was only in the show for two weeks and then the show moved to New York.

The first performance of The Phantom of the Opera was on Broadway at the New York Theater on January 26, 1988. The musical then transferred to the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, where it ran for 7 years before closing on May 28, 1995. The musical reopened on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre on January 9, 2006, and is still running there today.

In 1875, the Music Hall in Kansas City was built as part of a project to bring recognized cultural organizations to the city. The building originally served as a venue for plays and other live entertainment. In 1909, the name of the theater was changed to the “Pantomime Theater” and it began to specialize in light opera and operettas. The name was changed again in 1913 to the “Pantomime Opera House” and it became known for its summer stock theater productions.

In 1966, the name was once again changed, this time to the “Music Hall”, and it underwent a major renovation. The Music Hall has been home to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City since 1972 and is now also home to the Kansas City Ballet and Missouri Symphony Orchestra. The theater has a capacity of 2,400 people and features an orchestra pit that can accommodate up to 100 musicians.

The event is a benefit concert to raise money for the Music Hall in KC MO. The event will feature performances by local and national performers, as well as a variety of interactive exhibits.

Event Itself

The Music Hall in Kansas City was filled with eager fans on the night of October 31, 2016. Many of them had seen the play before, but others were first timers like myself. I had butterflies in my stomach as the lights dimmed and the overture began.

Pantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the lyrics were written by Charles Hart, with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. The musical debuted in London’s West End in 1986, and has since been performed around the world. It has been translated into several languages and has become one of the most popular musicals of all time.

The story tells of a young opera singer, Christine Daaé, who is lured to the Paris Opera House by a phantom, an invisible being who lives in the catacombs beneath the theatre. The phantom falls in love with Christine and becomes obsessed with making her a star. However, when Christine begins to fall for another man, Raoul de Chagny, the phantom’s jealousy leads him to kidnap her and take her to his secret lair.

Pantom of the Opera is a visually stunning show, with lavish sets and costumes. The music is very grand and sweeping, and includes some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous tunes, such as “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You”.

The 2-act play is 3 hours long with a 20-minute intermission. Dinner and Drinks are available for purchase in the lobby before the show and during intermission. Please arrive 30 minutes before curtain to ensure you have time to find your seat. Doors will open one hour before curtain for general seating. No food or drink is allowed inside the theater.

The pantomime will be performed in two parts with an interval. Each part will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

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Just like wine gets better with age, so does Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The first stage production was back in 1949 and having gone through countless adaptations, today it has become a cultural staple. The classic production found immense fame when Webber brought the West End creation to Broadway and Cameron Mackintosh attached his name to it. Decades later, The Phantom of the Opera continues to get “bigger and better than ever before”, featuring fresh scenic design, new choreography and exciting special effects. The 2016-17 North American tour is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, and is a breathtaking spectacle. The musical will soon raise its curtains at the Music Hall Kansas City – buy Phantom of the Opera Kansas City MO tickets now.

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Phantom of the Opera Re-imagined for North American Tour

Timeless story, unforgettable score and undeniable obsession. The revamped production of The Phantom of the Opera unmasks emotions in an even more thrilling way, moving the audience. The classic production will soon be taking stage at the Music Hall Kansas City, capturing the audience’s attention with its brilliant execution.

This opera about an opera needs no introduction. The beloved story of a beautiful soprano Christine Daaé and how she steals the heart of her friend Raoul is known to everyone. The story takes an interesting turn with Phantom, a mysterious figure who lurks in his secret lair underneath the stage. He is also drawn to Christine and his infatuation quickly turns into an obsession.

Full of intrigue, mystery and passion, The Phantom of the Opera is enhanced by its award-winning score. The production efforts extend far beyond the glamorous costume designs (Maria Björnson) and stunning visuals (Paul Brown). The crashing chandelier scene takes the audience’s breath away, literally, as it falls down much closer to them than in the previous productions and they can’t help but scream in fear.

Even if you’ve watched the musical before, there are still many reasons to buy Phantom of the Opera Kansas City MO tickets. The score and script retains its originality, but the director Laurence Connor has brought youthfulness to the musical which makes it refreshing, thrilling and simply spectacular.

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'The Phantom of the Opera' will close in 2023 after 35 years on Broadway. Here are 10 stunning photos from the show's historic run.

  • "The Phantom of the Opera" will close in 2023 after 35 years on Broadway, according to its website.
  • The drama by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened at the Majestic Theatre in January 1988.
  • The musical drama became the longest-running show in Broadway history in January 2006.

"The Phantom of the Opera," written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, premiered at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on January 26, 1988.

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The musical is based on French author Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel of the same name.

In a statement to CBS , the musical's producer Cameron Mackintosh said "it has been an unparalleled honour to have presented the longest-running musical in Broadway's history," adding that the show is "legendary."

According to The Hollywood Reporter , the production struggled to bounce back after being forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic.

A message on the show's official website says that tickets are on sale for performances through January 22, 2023, with the final block of tickets going on sale "shortly."

Michael Crawford, who played the original Phantom in 1988, was all smiles during rehearsals for the Broadway opening.

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Crawford originated the role of the Phantom in London's West End, which is known for its theater culture, before joining the Broadway cast, Playbill writes .

Andrew Lloyd Webber joined the cast onstage for a curtain call on January 9, 2006 —the same night the show surpassed "Cats" as the longest longest-running show in Broadway history.

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The score for "Cats," which is currently the fourth longest-running show of all time, was also written by Lloyd Webber, according to Broadway's official website . 

The same night, actors who played the musical's titular character joined together in costume for a performance.

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An assembly of actresses who played the lead character Christine Daaé were also present, per Playbill , with both groups taking their bows onstage.

At the 25th anniversary of the production's Broadway premiere, Hugh Panaro and Sierra Boggess sang their hearts out as the Phantom and Christine.

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Panaro is one of the few actors to play both the Phantom and Raoul in the Broadway production, the New York Theater Guide writes . He was cast as Christine's love interest Raoul in 1991 and invited to play the title role in 1999, a part he would play on and off until 2014.

In May 2014, Norm Lewis became the first Black actor to play the Phantom on Broadway (and only the third Black actor to take on the role worldwide).

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Lewis, who took over for Panaro, told CBS Mornings in 2014 that it was emotional for him to step into the role.

" ... I feel very honored, and I hope that I make not only everyone who's involved proud, but hopefully this will open up a lot of doors for people of color."

Broadway's first Christine, Sarah Brightman, returned to the stage to celebrate the musical's 30th anniversary at the Majestic Theatre in 2018.

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Lloyd Webber wrote "The Phantom of the Opera" during his marriage to Brightman, who originated the role on London's West End before continuing with the Broadway cast, per her website .

When "The Phantom of the Opera" re-opened in October 2021, the audience was given masks of their own to wear during the performance.

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"New York loves the arts. New York loves Broadway. New York loves 'Phantom,'" New York Senator Schumer said in a pre-show address, per Variety . "We must never forget that the arts are a great economic engine for New York."

The show's most iconic prop, the chandelier, also returned to audiences in 2021. The glow from the large light illuminated the theater's intricate architecture.

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Because the chandelier is a moving piece of the musical's set, its dramatic rise to the ceiling at the beginning of the show served as a symbol for the post-pandemic return of Broadway.

Emilie Kouatchou starred as the first Black Christine in the musical in 2022.

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NBC reports that Kouatchou unsuccessfully auditioned for the production twice before getting cast as an understudy. She told the outlet in February that the rejection served a larger purpose in her journey.

"Honestly, this was the perfect time for something like this to happen, even though it had been quite a long time. There have been so many different Black women that could have played Christine," she said. "We're in a period of intense change in this industry, and I'm just happy that I could be a part of that change."

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Opera superfan’s estate donates $215,000 to foundation for singers

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The estate of Lois Kirschenbaum, an opera fanatic known for collecting autographs backstage at the Metropolitan Opera for more than a half-century, has donated $215,000 to the George and Nora London Foundation for Singers.

“Lois’s love and dedication to opera and its artists was absolute,” foundation president John Hauser said in a statement on Monday. “She was a real friend to the foundation, and whenever she was in the audience, we were the center of the New York opera world.”

Kirschenbaum died on March 27, 2021, at age 88.

Known for her thick glasses and Brooklyn accent, Kirschenbaum was legally blind since birth but attended performances with large binoculars, often getting in with extra tickets people gave her outside the houses or being allowed entry by employees.

She was a fixture in the dressing rooms and and at the stage doors of the Met, New York State Theater and Carnegie Hall, bringing programs, photographs and recordings to be signed.

Kirschenbaum became so friendly with singers that Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne and Met music director James Levine attended her 75th birthday party in 2007.

Kirschenbaum was a switchboard operator for the International Rescue Committee, the international humanitarian aid group, until her retirement in 2004.

Hauser said a George London Award will be given in Kirschenbaum’s memory at the 52nd George and Nora London Foundation Competition at the Morgan Library & Museum on Feb. 16. George London was a bass-baritone and later a director who died in 1985.

Monday was the 100th anniversary of Nora London's birth.

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