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"I found my expectations upended, my jaded armor melting away...I found myself with a new appreciation for this beloved show’s gothic theatricality; the waltzing sweep of Harold Prince’s direction; the grandly soaring melodies of its most celebrated songs...It may or may not be a great musical, according to your tastes, or even a good one, but 'Phantom of the Opera' certainly remains a grand, lavishly decked-out galleon of a show, surging on into the 21st century showing few signs of decay." Full Review
"'The Phantom of Opera' not only looks as good as it did in 1988, but still holds the same thrills for audiences as the day it first bowed...'Phantom' will never be my favorite musical; stretches of it drag and the plot remains remarkably simple-minded. But should Prince and the producers continue to make such smart casting decisions, there’s more than a ghost of a chance that this legendary musical will stay on Broadway for another 26 years." Full Review
"The magic flows from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s immortal music…From its design standpoint, it has been maintained to perfection…The style of acting and singing is more operatic in nature than realistic for the stage. So the cast has its ups and downs…As a whole, 'The Phantom of the Opera' is still a gem of a show, the last of its kind. It’s a link to the theatrical past when the shows were opulent and eye-popping." Full Review
“Harold Prince’s powerful operatic-style staging is terrific, remaining taut and shipshape, while the show still acquires just the right style, ornate but quaint, from the late Maria Bjornson’s wonderful production design. Add to this Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sweeping and lush pastiche of a score, and you’ve got a blockbuster…This is not simply one of the longest-running Broadway musicals – it is, more important, one of the all-time best Broadway musicals. It delivers." Full Review
"To say the score is Lloyd Webber’s best is not saying a great deal...What sets ‘Phantom’ apart is the extraordinarily imaginative work of Bjornson, whose sets and costumes are a breathtaking, witty, sensual tribute to 19th century theater...The characters are not fleshed out, the lyrics are forgettable and the melodramatic plot is not as evocative as it might be. Nevertheless, that master conjurer Hal Prince has woven these seemingly outmoded materials into a grand evening of theater." Full Review
“It is a thrilling show -- as sumptuous as any on Broadway. And it touches the heart in odd and unexpected ways…If you put aside all preconceived notions and let the spell happen, I don't see how you can be disappointed…’Phantom’ follows an insinuating tack -- luring the audience into a luxurious world of gaslight and dark shadows, caressing it with soaring melodies...Buoyed by the strains of Lloyd Webber's lush score, 'Phantom' shimmers with true romanticism." Full Review
"Lush melodies ardently performed. Lavish spectacle and stunning effects. Overflowing sentiment and luxuriant fantasy...Britain's Andrew Lloyd Webber has triumphed again, this time with a musical extravaganza that may be his most accomplished…The adapters have turned the sturdy romance into a musical spectacular that is...a dazzling piece of collaborative stagecraft." Full Review
“Andrew Lloyd Webber has taken the Gaston Leroux potboiler about the love-crazed disfigured genius who lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera and fashioned it into a thrilling and musically rich mass legit entertainment. The 19th century period spectacle, scenic legerdemain, soaring melodies and exceptional singing are at the service of an involving and piquantly offbeat love story, all of it staged with brilliantly organized flair by Harold Prince, back in top form.” Full Review
See it if prepared to be transported by a stunning story, songs, and romantic staging. This beautiful, sensitive story about love and tragedy shines.
Don't see it if you prefer drama to operatic-musicals, want something new, or are heartless. But: there's really no reason to miss this divine production.
See it if You haven't seen it before. The set is gorgeous - it's amazing what you can do with curtains. Moving melodrama. Great voices!
Don't see it if you saw the original production. The size of the cast has been cut back. "Masquerade" is now done with the chorus and Mannequins. UGH!
See it if you're an ALW fan or a Phantom-virgin like I was. It's a show everyone should see because of it's notoriety
Don't see it if you don't like classical/operatic-like music, overdramatic plotlines, and cliché romance
See it if You haven't already? I went back for the first time in 15 years and found it super disappointing. Bombastic but dull, and incredibly dated.
Don't see it if You're looking for something new, exciting, and interesting. Some of the music is lush and lovely, but it doesn't hold up all that well.
See it if You want to say you've seen the longest-running-Broadway musical. Seen it twice; the 2nd being an autism-friendly performance; I'm grateful
Don't see it if You hate opera or musical theatre. I fell asleep the 1st time, love the theme song, however. But, seeing it with my special needs brother...
See it if you want to the show that's been running for decades and what it's all about. And to see the great sets and staging.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a rapey storyline that celebrates stalking in a romanticized way. If a boring book can't overcome the epic premise.
See it if you have not already seen it. This is a classic for a reason. Every detail is beautiful; the songs and the story whisk everyone away.
Don't see it if you prefer straight plays, or you dislike romance and love stories, or if you are not a fan of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
See it if you love musical theater. Current Phantom, James Barbour is superb. After almost 30 years, it stands the test of time. I've seen it 6x
Don't see it if you don't want to be wowed! Phantom is the measuring stick by which musical theater is judged
See it if You already love the music and don't have too unrealistic expectations.
Don't see it if You don't get out to the theater often and are looking for a show that you'll want to recommend to others afterwards.
See it if You really love the 4 tunes they use repeatedly in the show, you want a dark, disturbing, and unrealistic musical to escape your daily life.
Don't see it if You prefer innovative musicals with interesting characters and storytelling content.
See it if you-like romantic musicals-beautiful elaborate staging-great costume design-enjoyed the 2004 film adaptation-want to see a Broadway classic
Don't see it if you-don't like Andrew Lloyd Weber-don't like period pieces-want a comedy or lighthearted musical-prefer stories with contemporary setting