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The Phantom Of The Opera

Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph Chicago

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Thru - Mar 2, 2014



Price: $23-$115

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  The Phantom Of The Opera Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...But I kept finding my eye drawn to the great Linda Balgord (once the star of "Sunset Boulevard" in Chicago), who plays the ballet-mistress, Madame Giry. She is the best thing in the show (a rare thing to write about that character in a "Phantom" review, and I've written plenty). She is so just so experienced, emotional and connected an actor. Her work in this production offers many lessons for her younger colleagues, which include Ben Jacoby, a charming Raoul, following in the footsteps of his dad, Mark, one of the finer Phantoms."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Laurence Connor's reimagined 25th-anniversary version uses humor and deft, manageable stage pictures to create a saving sense of intimacy. With its elaborate, highly mechanized scenic design and its dozens of actors, singers, and musicians, the show is far, far from a chamber piece. Yet it manages to help us share the fairy tale rather than feel steamrollered by it. What we've got here is a Phantom for people who never liked Phantom."
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Tony Adler


NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...Thus, for all of the hype surrounding Cameron Mackintosh's "spectacular new" production of "Phantom," the biggest difference between the Hal Prince original that, astonishingly, is still playing on Broadway and on London's West End, is putting the "opera" back in "Phantom" in that the principals in the new version are trained voices with polished vocal technique. Given the demands of the score, this is good news and the work benefits immensely. Indeed, this is the best-sung "Phantom" that has come to Chicago."
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Dennis Polkow


Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...The tour's cast keeps Phantom's flame burning bright as well. Julia Udine's Christine Daaé is an affectingly conflicted young ingenue with a bright, versatile voice; Ben Jacoby, seen in multiple productions at the Marriott Theatre in the last year, makes the most of a thankless role as the dashing Raoul, the Phantom's rival for Christine's affections. And if Cooper Grodin makes for a suspiciously youthful Phantom, he attacks the part with persuasive passion. Connor and company's fresh eyes can't fix Phantom's lingering issues (lackluster lyrics, second-act lulls), but this is a satisfying new iteration."
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Kris Vire


ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...Mr. Macintosh and Mr. Conner have given us a Phantom for a whole new generation. It has been almost thirty years since Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman made history creating these roles and now the torch is being passed to a whole new generation that will surely keep the success of the Opera Ghost alive for generations to come. Phantom is an unstoppable force that still stands as one of the greatest musical of all time. Do not dare miss this Phantom."
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Michael J. Roberts


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Amazingly, Phantom still holds up as fine entertainment. Put your mind on hold, suspend disbelief, and enjoy this big bon-bon of a show. You’ll leave the Palace humming the tunes, which is a sign that the show hit its mark. This is how all touring shows should be – Equity talent with all the necessary stage craft."
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Tom Williams


Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...When you step out of the cold and into the Cadillac Palace Theatre you are already “on set” and ready for The Phantom of the Opera; the Baroque lobby with gilded bannisters and marble surfaces is its own Opera Populaire, the fictional opera house featured in the show. You are transported to the fin de siècle, and so it begins, this lavish 25th anniversary “all new” touring production of the longest running Broadway Show in history."
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Angela Allyn


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...In most cases, when a “touring company” of a Braidway show hits Chicago, it is a smaller, condensed version with less “bells and whistles”. Most of us have seen many versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom Of The Opera” over the years, and its return to the Cadillac Palace , where it will continue through March 2nd is absolutely “Breathtaking”! A new set, some great pyrotechnics, new direction and a young, energetic cast makes this more than a “revival” of a musical that has been well traveled, but instead, a new re-birth of a musical that is a true theatrical experience!"
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Alan Bresloff


Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...This production, especially in light of other touring productions that have recently played our Windy City, is everything a big, professional National Tour should be. There's spectacle, spirit and a cast overflowing with talent and energy. Here is a show and a production worthy of being called Broadway in Chicago."
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Colin Douglas


Huffington Post - Highly Recommended

"...But it's ALW's unapologetically romantic score that sticks with us, and this tour boasts a relatively sizable orchestra of 17 players (though not nearly as big as the 27 pieces in the original production). The show still sounds fantastic, and lighting designer Paule Constable keeps a soft spotlight on conductor Richard Carsey as if to remind us that the score is the real star here."
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Robert Bullen


The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...The entire cast is terrific! They'd enchant performing in a high school gymnasium in street clothes. Lucky for the audience, Set Designer Paul Brown and Tony-award winning original Costume Designer Maria Bjornson define the visual aesthetic. Brown's set continually evolves and revolves into various locales. From the opera house roof to the hidden caverns, the scenery is dynamic. Characters descend into the Phantom's liar by a steep and disappearing staircase. It looks treacherous which add to the dangerous thrill of a crazy monster in the basement. Filling Brown's innovative set is Bjornson's beautiful costumes. The "Masquerade" number is unforgettable partly for the music, mostly for the spectacle. Bjornson's unique party frocks are a frivolity explosion of masks, capes, and crinoline. With multiple 'pretend operas' within the actual musical, Bjornson's rolls out a variety of looks for a mega-amazing fashion show."
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Katy Walsh


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