Phantom Of The Opera BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

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  • TALKIN' BWAY

  • TIME

Opening Night:
January 26, 1988
Closing:
Open Ended

Theater: Majestic Theatre / 247 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

The paint on the balconies of the Majestic Theater looks chipped and the electronic drum machine sounds like something left over from a music video from the 1980’s. But “The Phantom of the Opera” really shows its age (17 years and running) when the signature special effect is presented. Musicals have opened and closed in the time it takes that chandelier to lumber to the floor. Looking like one of Ed Wood’s teetering flying saucers, it crashes to the stage with the force of a shopping cart, the biggest, most extravagant anticlimax in town.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Phantom Of The Opera

    Old and Ghostly but Still a Hoot

    Jason Zinoman

    July 1, 2005: The paint on the balconies of the Majestic Theater looks chipped and the electronic drum machine sounds like something left over from a music video from the 1980’s. But “The Phantom of the Opera” really shows its age (17 years and running) when the signature special effect is presented. Musicals have opened and closed in the time it takes that chandelier to lumber to the floor. Looking like one of Ed Wood’s teetering flying saucers, it crashes to the stage with the force of a shopping cart, the biggest, most extravagant anticlimax in town.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Phantom Of The Opera

    Review: ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’

    Richard Hummler

    January 26, 1988: The London audiences aren’t wrong. “The Phantom Of The Opera” is romantic musical theater hokum in the grand manner – hokum cordon blue – and it justifies the feverish buildup that has given it a $16,500,000 advance. It’s good for a Broadway run of several years.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Phantom Of The Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera

    Martin Denton

    October 27, 1999: Howard McGillin has just taken over the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, and he's a revelation. Not at all the mesmerizing seducer that Michael Crawford and others have portrayed, Mr. McGillin's Phantom is a genuine lost soul, far closer to the passionate and mad monster of the classic Lon Chaney film. It's a brilliant performance, and it provides the vivid, dangerous center that this lush romantic musical adventure requires. I've never enjoyed Phantom more.

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  • TALKIN' BROADWAY REVIEW OF Phantom Of The Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera

    Matthew Murray

    July 1, 2002: With the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera just passing the 6,000 performance milestone (a feat achieved before it only by A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, and Cats), it seemed like an apt time to revisit the Majestic Theatre and see how this landmark musical production is holding up after almost fourteen and a half years.

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  • TIME REVIEW OF Phantom Of The Opera

    Theater: Music Of The Night THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

    William A. Henry III

    February 8, 1988: Even if The Phantom of the Opera were the greatest show on earth, probably nothing in the way of actual experience could measure up to the hoopla that preceded last week's U.S. debut of the monster-meets-girl musical. No previous offering in Broadway history has rivaled the $18 million advance sale for Phantom, a commitment made by hundreds of thousands of people to pay up to $50 a ticket, generally before having had a chance to hear any of the songs, read any reviews or acquire the vaguest familiarity with the imported-from- London stars.

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