Details: Saw the version starring Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis a while ago. The official site is http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/
I’ve listened to the music from the Phantom of the Opera for decades now. Finally, I had the chance to watch the show a while ago and I thought it was good. I thought Les Miserables was better, but it was still good.
Like Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera is about as close to a modern opera as we have gotten in the last couple decades. The Phantom of the Opera is based on a book and is a story about a Phantom that is haunting a theater. The Phantom is a disfigured man who loves music and ends up falling in love and tutoring Christine, a singer in a show. Christine falls in love with someone else and they end up in this love triangle… yadda yadda yadda unrequited love.
The story I found okay, but not really all that great. The story’s main purpose was just to serve as a vehicle for the memorable music. The music of The Phantom of the Opera has endured for decades and there’s no wondering why. It’s a great soundtrack with a lot of memorable melodies. Further, the level of talent necessary to sing those songs is high. You need talent for operatic singing, formal training, and skill. The actors in this show have that.
Sierra Boggess is amazing. I’ve heard her sing other operatic things and she was amazing in all of them. Norm Lewis also does an amazing job and it is not lost on me that he is one of the few black actors to play the Phantom. I’ve seen him in a version of Les Miserables. He was great in that and he was great in this as well.
Overall, this was a great show. It’s got big set pieces and amazing music. The story is a little weak and the show ran a little long, but that’s easily overlooked. If you get the chance to a see a performance of it and you’ve never seen it before, you should certainly do so. Though I will say the talent of the lead actors largely determines how good the show will be.