If you are a fan of musical theater then you have been exposed to the deeply dark and moving history
of the Phantom who lived in the bowels of the Paris Opera. However, you are probably thinking
from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s version. While this musical is iconic in its own way, there is another
PHANTOM you can meet in musical theater. This version has music and lyrics by Maury yeston and book by Arthur kopit. This adaptation was performed in Indianapolis by Beef & Boards, and it’s a haunting but exhilarating experience.
Since there is an obvious comparison source for PHANTOM, you might be wondering how this version can offer anything new. Kopit and Yeston knew what they were doing when they created this alternate Phantom experience. This version has a much heavier dose of charm and, surprisingly, comedy. This juxtaposition made it a fun and engaging sight to watch. It also provides new insight into the man behind the mask as well as some deep and shocking twist.
Among the performers there are quite a few stars, but the most obvious is Logan Moore as a ghost. I had the pleasure of seeing him play before and was mesmerized by the transformation he had as a ghost. Her voice sounded like she had come home to this part. Everything, from the range to the intonation, showed that his voice belonged to this role. There was pain and desire and pathos with that unmistakable touch of the sinister. I was also impressed with the physique he brought to the scene. The ghost obviously cannot show his face, so he relies on his body to impress the audience. Moore took this into account and went seamlessly from threat to love to emotion. It was a joy to be a witness.
If you are looking for a respite from the dark or even romance, then feast your eyes on the talents of Suzanne stark like La Carlotta. She brought a heavy dose of diva to her role, as it should, and it introduced a dark comedy vein that was so fun to watch. His physical comedy was particularly punchy, and congratulations should be made to any performer who can adapt his voice to be both high-caliber but also humorous.
It’s not often that I talk about costumes, but the costume designer did an exceptional job. Jill kelly Howe worked hard to show pieces worthy of the era but also to enhance the character of the characters. This was particularly true for the costumes of La Carlotta and Christine Daaé. The Carlotta had massive, rustling trains and overly exaggerated sleeves in dark jewel tones while Christine was seen in light and airy colors, listening to her innocence and naivety.
The Phantom of the Opera was created by the French author, Gaston Leroux. Leroux has marked literature with a story about an astonishing chapter from the past of France’s greatest opera house, the Paris Opera. Leroux was able to capture the atmosphere of the latter part of the 19th century, when belief in supernatural spirits around the world was rampant. The general plot is as follows: Under the grandeur and magnificence of the Paris Opera, the Phantom lives in the shadows. Although the Phantom has a remarkable musical talent, he has a macabre face that prevents him from associating with society. He hears a beautiful voice (Christine Daaé) and falls in love with her after hearing her sing. Unlike the other more mainstream version, the show sheds new light on his parents, his childhood and describes the backstage of the opera.
Until the very end of the first act, audiences wonder if there is a difference between the other show and the musical Phantom. With the exception of a few slight differences in the way Christine works in opera and the absence of Raoul’s character, the overall plot is the same. After the intermission, the audience quickly finds the difference and begins to be captivated by the musical.
Act two is what really sets the musical apart from the other show. One by one, the story reveals exactly who the Phantom is by learning about his parents, birth, and childhood, thereby persuading audiences why the Phantom had to be the way he was. By doing this, the musical Phantom is able to deal with humanity’s “love” story instead of just describing a love story between a man and a woman.
The cast includes artists from different fields in addition to solo musical singers, including singers and ballet dancers. To be precise, the role of the ghost was taken on by veteran Beef & Boards, Logan Moore. Christine Daaé is played by Courtney cheatham. It really is a powerful cast and every song sung is so beautiful it sends chills down my spine.
If you are looking for a bit of darkness and light at the same time, then you must purchase your tickets for PHANTOM at Beef & Boards. The show runs from now until November 21, giving you plenty of time to visit the dazzling mirrors and the many faces that await you at the Paris Opera.
How to get tickets
For tickets visit https://www.beefandboards.com/Online/default.asp