PHOTOS: The Phantom of the Opera Is a Feast for the Senses

Catch it at The Theatre at Solaire until March 31.

(SPOT.ph) A week after its premiere in Manila, The Phantom of the Opera's international tour continues to wow the Filipino audience not only with its timeless tales but also with its stunning spectacle. The world-renowned musical runs until March 31 at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City, and we caught a few excerpts before the much-awaited Gala Night on February 28. Here are a few snapshots—if these don't convince you to get your ticket ASAP, we don't know what else will.

In the third scene of Act I, The Phantom brings Christine to an underground lake that's about seven storeys below the Paris Opera House.
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The Phantom and Christine sing "The Phantom of the Opera." 
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It ends with Meghan Picerno, as Christine, belting out some of the highest notes.
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The Phantom of the Opera, which was first performed in London's West End in 1986, is set in the enchanting Paris Opera House in 1881. It follows the story of the ghostly Phantom (Jonathan Roxmouth) who falls in love with the voice of up-and-coming opera singer Christine Daaé (Meghan Picerno), and decides to bring her to the underground lake beneath the Opera House. A love triangle ensues because Raoul (Matt Leisy), Christine’s childhood friend, is also in love with the singer.

In the scene titled "The Managers' Office," we see the Opera's new managers, Firmin (James Borthwick) and Andre (Curt Olds), assure Carlotta (Beverly Chiat) that she'll remain their resident soprano.
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Towards the end of the first act, Raoul finally reveals his love for Christine.
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Get ready to sing to the popular "All I Ask of You" here.
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“It speaks to a lot of people. There are a lot of different themes in the show. For me, I think, the one I bring to the table, is the romance—the love aspect. People get swept away with these gorgeous melodies, and it's a very romantic show. I think, people relate to the Phantom as well because he's a tortured soul, not quite understood, the one who doesn't get the girl, and the one who's lonely. I think people relate to that,” Leisy told the press in a roundtable interview.

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"Masquerade" showcases the colorful costumes originally designed by Maria Bjornson.
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Michael Lee, an archivist for Bjornson, said that "minute attention is given to every hat, wig, or shoe" in the process of the design.
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"Masquerade" is also one of the grandest scenes in The Phantom of the Opera, featuring the whole ensemble aside from leads Raoul and Christine.
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“I think it's a timeless tale [because] we relate to all these characters individually. I think we can see ourselves in each one of the characters—the compassion of Christine towards the Phantom, everybody wants to be the Phantom, everybody wants to have a love like Raoul and Christine, and Christine and the Phantom,” Curt Olds, who plays Monsieur Andre, added.

Musical director David Andrew Rodgers leads a full orchestra—five members of which travel with the production while the rest are Manila-based musicians.
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This is the second time that Jonathan Roxmouth has played The Phantom during the Manila leg of the tour.
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This is the first time that Matt Leisy is playing Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.
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But more than anything, the cast revealed that the audience can look forward to the visual feast, made possible by the original production design of Maria Bjornson and lighting design by Andrew Bridge, complemented by the aural masterpiece of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and Charles Hart’s lyrics.

The Phantom of the Opera runs until March 31 at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. Tickets, priced from P1,900 to P7,250, are available through Ticketworld.

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