"The Phantom of the Opera" returns to Rochester

Updated: 04/17/2014 6:02 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 3:31 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

It's a Broadway show that is still packing them in after more than 25 years. Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is on stage right now at the Auditorium Theatre. It's still the same story, the same music, but this new production brings with it a fresh new take. 

The "Phantom of the Opera" first opened in London in 1986. The award-winning show is still packing audiences in. It is just one more reason why the Rochester Broadway Theatre League brought it back to the Auditorium Theatre again.

This new touring show is completely restaged, just ask actors Ben Jacoby and Julia Udine, who play Raoul and Christine. 

Ben Jacoby said, "The set, the lighting, the choreography, the staging looks completely different than any production you've ever seen before."

Julia Udine said, "It's a stand alone production. We have a new creative team and we've kind of approached this in a darker, grittier way."

There  are some changes, but for die-hart Phantom fans, no need to fret. It is still the same story, the same score, the same script; the story is intact, including the use of the chandelier.

Jacoby said, "We have a tremendous chandelier with all new bells and whistles and tricks on it not to worry."

Udine said, "The chandelier does everything you want it to do and more. Audiences will not be less than satisfied."

"The Phantom of the Opera" is at the Auditorium Theatre through April 27. For more information, click here

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