Masquerade! Paper faces on parade. Masquerade!
Yes, that is a lyric from my favorite dancing scene in The Phantom of the Opera. Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend opening night of Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in Portland’s Keller Auditorium. I am pleased to provide the following review in partnership with Broadway Portland; all opinions are my own.
Trying to find a dinner spot near the Keller Auditorium that has equally good food and fast service was difficult. We chose Nel Centro because of its proximity to the theater and because they allowed us to make a reservation guaranteeing our timeliness to the show. It was jam-packed with theater goers and happy hour regulars from local nearby businesses. I highly recommend a reservation at 6pm for a 7:30pm show.
What to Order: Guava Margarita and Prosciutto, Peach, Brie and Arugula Pizza
The Phantom of the Opera Review
It was exciting to see The Phantom of the Opera with a friend who also owned the soundtrack in the 8th grade. Not having listened to the soundtrack or remembering much of the play it was fascinating how quickly the memories flooded back during scene four; The Labyrinth Underground when “Phantom of the Opera” was initially performed.
Let me first say The Phantom played by Quentin Oliver Lee was astounding. His voice knocked my socks off and paired perfectly with Christine’s voice played by Eva Tavares. The Phantom was intense, charming and mysterious with an emphasis on intense. He was very captivating and dominated the entire performance. Oh did I mention all of the music is performed by a live symphony? It’s true. One of the reasons I love going to see live theater versus blockbuster movies is the rawness and authenticity of being in the same space with the performers and seeing that talent as well as their commitment and passion for perfection first-hand.
The set I enjoyed the most was the labyrinth underground. It was beautifully mysterious and I loved the moving staircase. The pyrotechnics surprised me! Sitting so close to the front, I covered my eyes a few times as fire blasted out of the stage. Of course we enjoyed the scene when the chandelier fell and it made me jump even though I knew it was coming. Looking back, there was a lot of excitement in this Broadway performance that made the show fly by and never did I think to myself a scene was dragging on.
Act two opened with my favorite song and performance of Masquerade, which was stunning and kicked off the second half perfectly. I was singing it in my head for two days after the performance. All-in-all I give The Phantom of the Opera a strong five for five.
I cannot provide any further details without show spoilers therefore, you should check the show out yourself. As long as Quentin is the man behind the mask, you will not be disappointed.
Remaining Performance Schedule and Ticket Information:
Wednesday, August 1 – 7:30pm – Open Caption Performance
Thursday, August 2 – 7:30pm
Friday, August 3 – 7:30pm
Saturday, August 4 – 2:00pm – ASL Interpreted Performance and 7:30pm
Sunday, August 5 – 1:00pm and 6:30pm
Wheelchair seating is available at all performances. For information on ADA seating, please call the Broadway in Portland Box Office 503-417-0573, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Broadway in Portland Box Office in person (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Tickets can be purchased: www.BroadwayInPortland.com or at Portland’5 Box Office: 800-273-1530
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Official show site: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com