Preview: “Phantom” to take stage at Benedum Center
When a tour bring with it 20 trucks of effects, over 200 speakers, 85 moving lights, 10 tons of scenery and one chandelier, you know you’re in for a seriously spectacular show. The Phantom of the Opera tour doesn’t disappoint.
Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless classic, The Phantom of the Opera tour is part of brand new North American production.
“We were able to create a new concept with the new director who is really about the theater of the show,” said Jacquelynne Fontaine, who plays Carlotta Guidicelli. “It’s the same show you love with a fresh take.”
According to Fontaine, this production is really inspiring and a modern take on the classic show. Featuring stunning costumes by Tony award-winning designer Maria Björnson, the production boasts spectacular special effects, including the legendary chandelier.
“This show has some really amazing costumes,” Fontaine said. “My opening dress is like 40 pounds and takes three people to get me into it for the show.”
Fans will be moved by iconic songs such as “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You” and “Masquerade” which is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52 – making this production one of the largest shows currently on tour.
“You meet so many awesome people because you’re always on the road,” said Fontaine. “You develop into a family with the cast and crew.”
The show follows a disfigured musical genius living in secret in a Paris Opera House, who terrorizes the opera company for the benefit of his young protégée, Christine, with whom falls madly in love.
Carlotta (Fontaine) is the opera company’s prima donna and sees Christine as a threat to her career.
“Carlotta is an Italian opera diva who’s worked hard to become a prima donna,” Fontaine said. “Everything goes wrong and she acts like a true diva would. I love her power and complete authority. She’s not afraid of anyone. I try to take after her sometimes, but she’s a little too assertive.”
Catch The Phantom of the Opera at the Benedum Center, 655 Penn Avenue, Feb. 18-March 1. A perfect post Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetheart, tickets start at just $34. Fans attending opening night are also welcome to attend the pre-show talk to get the inside scoop on Broadway shows.
For information, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.trustsarts.org.
Preview by Hayley Martin for Pennsylvania Bridges