Saturday, 28 November 2015

Review: The Phantom of the Opera (West End)

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of The Phantom of the Opera. 
After seeing the Broadway version of Phantom earlier this year, which wasn't all that good, I was a bit weary of seeing Phantom again. After months of contemplating I decided to revisit Phantom, this time in London and I am very glad I did! The whole performance was magical and reminded me what an amazing show Phantom is. For those who haven't seen the show, the storyline is the tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young composer shamed by his physical appearance into a shadowy existence beneath the majestic Opera Paris House. Cast members who stood out for me were John Owen-Jones as The Phantom of the Opera, Nadim Naaman as Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, Charlotte Vaughn who was understudying as Carlotta Giudicelli, Michael Matus as Monsieur Richard Firmin and Philip Griffiths who was understudying as Monsieur Gilles André. I feel that is better directed on the West End than on Broadway and that the choreography is slicker in the West End. The orchestra were amazing and the costumes were very well designed. Comparing the cast to Broadway, John Owen-Jones was far better than Jeremy Barbour in the role of Phantom. John just showed more passion in the role and was a better actor. Kaley Ann Voorhees, who was understudying in the role of Christine on Broadway, was better than Celinde Schoenmaker. Kaley was suited to the role a lot better. Nadim Naaman, from the West End production, was superior to Jeremy Hays, from the Broadway production, in the role of Raoul. Jeremy wasn't bad, but Nadim is perfect casting and hard to beat. Charlotte Vaughn was much better than Broadway's Carlotta, Michele McConnell. Charlotte was an amazing singer and better in every way. Broadway's Madame Giry, Linda Balgord, was a little bit better than Jacinta Mulcahy, but neither are amazing. Kara Klein as Meg Giry on Broadway was better than the West End's Meg, Alicia Beck. Both Monsieur Firmin and Monsieur Andre, played by Michael Matus and Philip Griffiths in the West End and Tim Jerome and Laird Mackintosh on Broadway, were better in the West End. The West End duo just had more enthusiasm and had much better comic timing. Paul Morrissey, from the West End, was better in the role of Ubaldo than Christian Šebeck, but Christian isn't much to compete with. I'm so glad I got to see Phantom yet again and I hope to see it for the 5th time soon.

The featured star of The Phantom of the Opera is, drum roll please... JOHN OWEN-JONES!

John Owen-Jones is an amazing singer, we all know that, but for me what makes him superior to all other Phantoms is his acting. He brought me to tears at the end of the show. He is by far by favourite Phantom and I am so glad he has returned to the show.

Now for my final verdict on The Phantom of the Opera. I give The Phantom of the Opera... 

Phantom is currently one of the best shows in the West End and I urge people to see the show before John Owen-Jones leaves.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be doing an updated review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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