Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biblical musical is undergoing another UK tour and this theatregoer was thrilled to encounter a remarkably slicker production than the 2013 tour. Following a last minute contract withdrawal from the original star headlined to be the show’s Narrator, Amelia Lily sweeped in to save the day with her strong vocals and impressive knowledge of the show regardless of her limited time in rehearsals. In the absences of long-running Jacob/Potiphar Henry Metcalfe, Chris Kayson stepped into the roles with a breath of fresh energy. The ensemble, too, seemed sharper than before and Lloyd Daniels provided an adorable Welsh charm to the titular character. As the result of an impressively strong cast, the overall show became a much more enjoyable experience; one could relax and enjoy the child-targeted special effects and be swept up in the charmingly quirky work of Lloyd Webber. Until the next tour!
Set ten years after the Phantom of the Opera on Coney Island, the Phantom is the anonymous genius behind “Phantasma” where Meg Giry is the “Oh La La Girl” and very much the star of the show. The Phantom, however, is not content and longs for the return of his original obsession, Christine Daae. Having written a beautiful new aria with her in mind the Phantom invites Christine to make her American debut on the Phantasma stage. Unaware that the Phantom is behind this she accepts and arrives on Coney Island with her husband Raoul de Chagny and their son Gustave and is instantly haunted by memories of the events ten years ago in Paris, France. Raoul, who gambled his wealth away long ago, is now prone to drinking and is not at all close to his son who worries his father does not love him. Christine reassures Gustave that love is in many forms and that Gustave should “look with his heart.” Christine sends her son to bed and the Phantom reveals himself to Christine. They reminisce about their love and the possibility that it may have succeeded in different circumstances-