Producer Cameron Mackintosh’s (relatively) new production of Phantom of the Opera actually debuted at the PPAC back in 2013. It’s certainly opulent! Quentin Oliver Lee plays the persnickety operagoer who lives in the bowels of a cobwebby Parisian opera house, its upper levels decked out with crimson velvets and dusty mirrors. He becomes obsessed with the singer Christine Paaé (Eva Tavares), sabotaging performances and even resorting to murder to make way for his beloved. There’s flames and smoke and a giant chandelier and a too-brief appearance from a googly-eyed elephant. Oddly, my favorite actor was the understudy Michael Maliakel, who jumped in to play Christine’s more level-headed suitor Raoul. It looks great, but with a live orchestra and a cast of two dozen, I somehow still found myself wishing the whole thing was 20% louder.
photo: Alastair Muir