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The Phantom of the Opera

Members say: Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging
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In this classic musical - the longest running in Broadway history - a hideously deformed man lives in the cellars of the Paris Opera and takes a beautiful soprano as a student.

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Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. "Phantom of the Opera" is the longest running musical in Broadway history and features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Hal Prince.

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Reviews (7926)

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The New York Times

"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

New York Post

“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

New York Daily News

"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

The Washington Post

“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

Christian Science Monitor

"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

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See it if ....

Don't see it if don't.

Disappointing, Overrated, Dated

See it if you want to see the longest running show.

Don't see it if you want the longest running show to finally close!!! (Please God Close!)

Absorbing, Epic, Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging

See it if big EPIC loud glorious luxurious opulent musical theater blows your mind. Magnificent staging & costumes. Touristy now but still a must-see.

Don't see it if you have zero taste. Even ONCE, it MUST be experienced. Or like many romantic saps (HELLO), see it more than once. Never a disappointment.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if You like Andrew Lloyd Webber, classic musicals, opera

Don't see it if You like to easily follow plot, find the "romance" in it sinister, or dislike operatic musicals

Romantic, Slow, Dated, Great singing

See it if You haven't ever seen it before. see it once and move on to something more.

Don't see it if You are trying to see something completely new. I mean, it's been running since 88, it's not exactly "fresh"

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You like classic musicals.

Don't see it if you are looking for a new modern musical

Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Dated, Great singing

See it if you enjoy classical musical theare, with iconic andrew lloyd webber music. Big Tourist musical.

Don't see it if you want a fast moving plot. Can be alittle slow at times.

Ambitious, Romantic, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy "thru-sung" operatic style musical theatre. It is technically considered "horror" but you will feel sympathetic to all characters.

Don't see it if You don't like Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals... or fear a chandelier falling on your head.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy captivating music sung by actors with amazing voices.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a rather dark musical.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Because it's one to see if you haven't. I've seen it 6 times since it opened. The story is great and dark! I even got to go backstage once!!

Don't see it if If you want a comedy. This one won't have you dancing in the street.

Exquisite, Iconic, Sentimental, Pathos-inducing, A riveting display of talent

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.

Enchanting, Epic, Romantic, Dated

See it if you want an iconic musical with a beautiful score. Your experience will vary depending on the particular cast of Bway's longest-running show

Don't see it if you're not into sweeping Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals or don't like the score.

Romantic, Great singing, Stale

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!

Enchanting, Must see, Romantic, Overrated, Dated

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

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if This a traditional musical with beautiful tunes and wonderful set. Not a sophisticated show but you will remember the music.

Don't see it if If you want a sophisticated show with a bit of edge and/or controversy

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you love a classic love story, want beautiful sets, enchanting music, and want to be transported to a different world for a few hours.

Don't see it if you dont like opera, or noir love stories

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Dated

See it if you have intense nostalgia for the Phantom of the '80s and would like to see that production again.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical that in any way competes with everything else on Broadway right now. Its age is apparent in every way.

Romantic, Indulgent, Dated, Entertaining, Bombastic

See it if you are an A Dubs fan and are feeling nostalgic for the 80s.

Don't see it if you want to see something fresh and contemporary.

Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like classic plays, you enjoy the music in this play. It's worth it!

Don't see it if You want to see something new

Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you have a tendency to opera. We have seen it 3 times but during it's early run we thought that Saigon & Les Miz were better.

Don't see it if you need slam bam dance and jive music

Beautiful, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if Like musicals. It's a beauty show.

Don't see it if Don't like musicals.

Epic, Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated

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.

Must see, Dated, Great singing, Great staging

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...

Also The 2nd time around made me appreciate it more... It will NEVER be my ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great musicals and beautiful singing, you like romantic stories

Don't see it if You don't like romantic musicals

Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love a good love story. The effects are well done.

Don't see it if you hate love stories.