She’s here! Lord help us over the next 2.5 weeks as she turns our life upsidedown.

Chloe enthroned

The Phantom of the Opera


Tennis Star Suzie, Blee, G and I went to see Phantom last night at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This was my fourth time seeing Phantom on stage, and my third time seeing it sober (smile). 

Mixed reviews, frankly. I thought the lighting was outstanding (with nods to Caravaggio and Jan Vermeer), the staging wonderful (with nods to Degas), the set transitions excellent, the lead, John Cuida (as the Phantom), worth the price of admission. But the rest of the US cast was ho-hum, including Marni Raab (as Christine, who can sing but needs more acting lessons). The sound was also downright bad (Prima Dona, in particular, which is a pity as it’s a great piece).

Of note, people were crying during the classic “All I Ask of You” song, which was a disconnect for me as I thought Raab and Michael Gillis (playing Raoul) had zero chemistry on stage, to say nothing of Gillis lack of singing ability. Go figure.

I’m hard I know, but blame opera. I expect too much of what is essentially an operetta masquerading as ‘musical theatre’.

Lesson learned: see Phantom drunk; it plays better and you don’t mind poor performances.

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9 Responses to Chloe

  1. Anonymous says:

    Aww… what a cute dog. Who’s going to take the doggie out for walks?

  2. Fatcat723 says:

    RYC: Yes loves completes IF the two work nuturing that love.

  3. bennykan says:

    Awww cute doggie! RYC: Well I am not a very swimmer so do you still want to take me LOL

  4. m3galomaniac says:

    Chole looks alright to me:) phantom is coming here, not planning to catch it though. Don’t expect it to be fantastic.

  5. Chloe is so cute! =]I perfer short furred dog, but its so cute! =]

  6. CurryPuffy says:

    Is Chole a poodle? I still remember the huge chandelier on the stage…i should go see the show again.

  7. Fatcat723 says:

    Nice hair cut on the dog!!  One of my usual complaints is that the singers can’t act and the actors can’t sing.
    RYC: That post was a reminder to me for sure!!!!

  8. willariah says:

    oh i like her haircut! cutecute. yikes. that’s the first negative review i’ve ever read of phantom. it must’ve sucked!

  9. kunhuo42 says:

    hahaha i’ve only seen phantom once, and i wasn’t drunk at the time! then again i was pretty young; i went to see phantom with my parents many years ago!

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