The PHANTOM of the OPERA comes to MANILA

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Phantom of the Opera is there inside my mind...

September 2 Remember Part 4

I'm happy that Mike & I shares the same interests when it comes to events/shows, and one of those was watching The Phantom of the Opera live! The moment Mike heard about the good news, he immediately bought tickets, April 18 to be exact just so he can reserve good seats. It's his birthday gift to me, saktong sakto sa run ng musical :) 

The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running & broadway's most popular musical show and I'm glad I witnessed it. Huraaaah!!!

The show was scheduled to start at 8:00 pm so we were at the Cultural Center of the Philippines an hour ahead. It's sad that they don't allow cameras (we were asked to surrender our camera at the entrance of CCP) so all pictures taken here came from Mike's cellphone camera lang, I do suggest though to bring a small camera if you don't want the guards to notice it inside your bag, I saw several people carrying a small camera inside the lobby so I guess it's permitted. Note: Taking pictures inside the theatre when the play is on going is strictly prohibited.

And because we're early, we got to roam around the lobby. 

They also sell souvenirs like posters, binoculars, key chains, ref magnets, t-shirts, CDs, program booklet, mugs and Phantom mask. Thinking that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, we bought a poster (P200) and a mask (P800). I plan to put the poster in our future entertainment room hoping to have it signed na din (naks!) and Mike planned on wearing the mask for this year's halloween.

souvenir booth, mask (P800) & program (P500)

If you go up to the second floor there's a display of The Phantom of the Opera costumes 

They also have a bar if you're in need of refreshments or something to munch on

We were seated at the Orchestra Center section Row H, our seats were just right, not too near but close enough to have a full experience of the play. 

The moment I heard the signature Phantom scoring (the overture), 'Tan-dan-dan-daaaaan', it gave me shivers down my spine! We were marveled with each performance - goosebumps all over us. The beautiful and talented Claire Lyon did an amazing job as Christine and when she sang 'Think of Me' - one of the first songs - Mike was teary-eyed for it was a dream come true for him to experience his favorite musical ever live. Anthony Downing who played Raoul was the best looking Raoul ever, I couldn't help but gush when he sang my favorite 'All I Ask of You.' And of course, Jonathan Roxmouth was B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T. as The Phantom singing the hits 'The Music of the Night' & 'Point of No Return." We felt his emotions in every scene -anguished, daunting but vulnerably in love, superb performance, galingIt's truly amazing how they can act & sing LIVE! Not to mention everyday! Grabe! We were really in awe & moved, hands down! 

But it was not just about  magnificent singing & great acting it was also about the stunning set & costumes.  The scenes that amazed me were - the transformation of set from present to past, Phantom's first appearance in the mirror, river scene with Christine & Phantom, masquerade ball & of course, the famous Chandelier drop. 

The whole performance was MAGICAL! This was my second time to watch a musical (My first was Avenue Q) and watching a theatre performance was an uplifting experience. Some may think that musicals and plays are old fashioned & boring but when you get to witness & feel it live - especially this one - you will appreciate the magic of theatre! For instance, you will be hypnotized just by Listening to the Phantom's 
'Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation, let the dream begin, let your darker side give in to the power of the music that I write, the power of the music of the night
Indeed, we were blown away with the one of a kind experience. Certainly, we gave in to the power of the music of the Phantom of the Opera (Tan-dan-dan-daaan)

with the Phantom Mike :p

A MUST-WATCH. The Phantom of the Opera undoubtedly is "God's Gift to Musical Theatre!" THANK YOU Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for inspiring us with your music. THANK YOU to the entire cast and crew behind the magic of the #PhantomInManila.

And of course, thank you for "Thinking of Me" Mike, it was indeed a surreal date! 

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September 2 Remember Part 1 & 2

September 2 Remember Part 3

September 2 Remember Part 5

September 2 Remember Part 6

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