I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to catching a performance of the US touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. Yes, the sets and staging are a little different from the main productions in London and New York; yes, they changed the Red Death costume; yes, they changed the chandelier crash–and for all of those things I was initially disappointed. However, I happened to see some pictures from the US tour, and they are amazing. Seriously, they’re almost as detailed as sets for a movie. Check them out for yourself! http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/ustour/sights-and-sounds/photos/
I will still admit that I am a little sad about not getting to see the awe-inspiring Red Death costume (oh, and apparently the Phantom no longer sports that awesome feathered hat of his during “Wandering Child”), but I’m confident the US tour will be enjoyable in its own right.
And as a P.S.: Mark Campbell is no longer the Phantom for the US tour. His reasons for leaving were somewhat nebulous (he cited “personal reasons” if I remember correctly), and the new Phantom is his understudy Cooper Grodin. The rest of the cast remains the same.