Stunning New Production of “Phantom of the Opera” at The Paramount Through May 10

Guest blogger: Sömer Davis (who took her son to the show for his 8th birthday).

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” is the best one I have seen yet.

The first detail that caught my eye was the costume design. From start to finish of the opera every costume for all characters was beautifully made and perfect for the time period the story takes place in. Comments could be heard from other audience members that their favorite costumes were from the “Masquerade” scene and I must concur.

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The Company performs “Masquerade.” Photo by Alastair Muir.

Every actor that was cast played their part well, and the onstage chemistry between each of them was flawless. By far my favorites were Carlotta (played by Jacquelynne Fontaine) and Christine Daae (played by Katie Travis). Ms. Fontaine’s portrayal of Carlotta was spot on, her eye rolls and sassy looks could be scene from my seat and added to my enjoyment of her comic relief.

Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta Giudicelli. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta Giudicelli. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Ms. Travis had a gorgeous voice and her small stature added to the meekness of her character.

Chris Mann as The Phantom and Katie Travis as Christine Daaé. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Chris Mann as The Phantom and Katie Travis as Christine Daaé. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Lastly, the set design was by far the most innovative scene changes I have seen before, I would see the play again in a heartbeat just to see how they cast and crew made it all happen. All around this was an amazing show, and I look forward to seeing it the next time the Phantom of the Opera comes to Seattle.  

– Sömer

“Phantom of the Opera” plays The Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle through May 10, 2015. Tickets here. 

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