“The Phantom of the Opera”

David and I attended the 1:00 pm matinee of “The Phantom of the Opera” last Sunday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. So far, we have seen it four times: Once on Broadway, once in the movie theater, and twice at the Blaisdell. I must say that Cameron Mackintosh’s new production is spectacular, the best of the four productions that I have seen.  “Phantom” is the longest running show on Broadway (more than 30 years). This production is touring the USA and then it will tour the UK.

This is the lobby at the Blaisdell. I believe this show was sold out:

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Inside the concert hall, we saw a chandelier, which was covered by a cloth. When the performance started, the covering was removed and the chandelier was slowly lowered above the audience. It then dazzled everyone with fire and smoke and flashing lights. Awesome! I was so happy to be sitting in the balcony and seeing it from my perspective:

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In this performance, the role of Christine was played by Kaitlyn Davis, who was Emma Grimsley’s understudy. Kaitlyn Davis was superb, with a very supple, sweet voice that was alluring.

Christine’s lover, Raoul, was played by Herb Porter, who was Jordan Craig’s understudy. He had a nice tenor voice.

The Phantom was played by the principal, Derrick Davis, whose voice was emotional, tender at times and angry at other times. I think Derrick Davis and Kaitlyn Davis are married in real life. Or is it a coincidence they have the same last name?

The entire production was enthralling. Never a dull moment. The set revolved in a circle, showing various scenes. There also were fireworks, aerials, dancing, and many costume changes.

Above all, the orchestra, conducted  by Jamie Johns, was truly inspiring. Local musicians played with musicians brought in with the show. The gorgeous music of Andrew Lloyd Webber filled the concert hall. We were thrilled by the rich acoustics and overall sound quality.

“The Phantom of the Opera” runs through September 1, 2019 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

6 Responses to ““The Phantom of the Opera””

  1. David Says:

    What can I again say “LUCKY YOU LIVE HAWAII”. We are so truly blessed. We have the climate, we have the people, and we have so many wonderful things to see and do. Once again I can only say “HAWAII NO KA OI!” Hawaii is the best. The other 49 states can only awe at the wonderfullness of Hawaii!

  2. Olga Says:

    Fantastic. I saw a production of Phantom in Montreal that was thrilling beyond all expectations. You are so fortunate to have these opportunities all so close.

  3. wisewebwoman Says:

    I was taken to it twice in Toronto and I am one of the very few who don’t care for it. I find it creepy and frightening. That’s just me.

    I am so glad you enjoyed it again and yes, the effects are stunning.

    XO
    WWW

  4. DJan Says:

    Some things are worth seeing more than once. This sounds like it was one of those. 🙂

  5. Alien Resort Says:

    I’ll bet many careers are launched by the role of understudy.

  6. Christine Says:

    sounds like a wonderful time!

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