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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 You have never seen it before. It's a classic that everyone should see at least once. Pop-opera, fantasy driven, dark.
Don't see it if You aren't a fan of pop-operas. The show feels dated and dusty but is a classic. It's pretty dark, so avoid if you want a light comedy.
See it if you have never seen it. The show holds up even this many years later, but I can't imagine going for a repeat viewing
Don't see it if you dislike darker romance stories or old-fashioned shows
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.
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"
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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
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.