Monday, April 2, 2012

Broadway’s Most Popular Musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, is Coming to Manila!

I've been singing songs from The Phantom of the Opera since I was in high school and it would be a dream come true if I could watch the show live when the production is staged here a few months from now :)  

Press Release:

MANILA, March 22: The world’s most successful and popular musical, and the longest-running show on Broadway - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - will be staged in Manila for a strictly limited season from August 25 to October 14, 2012 at the CCP Main Theatre. Tickets will go on sale by May 1 and are expected to be highly sought after.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s critically acclaimed masterpiece celebrated its 25th anniversary on the West End stage last year, and continues to play to full houses nightly in London, New York and around the world. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been seen by over 130 million people worldwide, in more than 27 countries, has won over 50 major theatre awards, and has grossed more than US$5.6 billion.

Producer Tim McFarlane, Managing Director of The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific, said ”THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is an exceptionally unique musical for so many reasons, and sits in a class of its own. It has received incredible acclaim over the years, and to this day remains unrivalled by other musicals in its world-wide successes.

“This touring production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is as fine as any version you might see on the West End or Broadway - it is the same superb design, and we invest a great deal to ensure it is of the highest standards. Our stellar cast assembles the industry’s best performers, with members coming from the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa to join forces. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has enjoyed huge success throughout the Asia-Pacific region, having experienced sold-out seasons in cities such as Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul, and I am confident that audiences in Manila will welcome the production with equal enthusiasm.”

The Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, who is presenting THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Manila, said “To bring the world’s most popular musical to such a musically-gifted nation as The Philippines has been a long-term dream. It is a superb show which epitomizes all that is great about musical theatre – unbelievable music, a powerfully moving story, lavish sets and costumes, and most importantly, superb audience entertainment. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a worldwide sensation which will take Philippine audiences on an unforgettable musical theatre journey.”

Francis Lumen, Chief Executive of presenting partner Hi-Definition Radio Inc., said, "As a promoter for the past 30 years of various top-name concerts in The Philippines, being a part of the greatest Broadway musical in the world is a dream come true!

Julie Carceller, Smart Infinity Department Head, shared, “As Infinity celebrates its 8th year, we continue to delight our customers with award-winning Broadway shows such as 'Phantom of the Opera' with Smart Infinity… Live More!”

Sergio Zanatti, Consumer Business Manager of Citibank Philippines announced their credit cardholders and bank clients will once again receive exclusive offers that include access to a preview sale where they can choose the best seats on their preferred dates ahead of the general public, and a 10% discount on tickets. “We are pleased to once again open the way for a world class production to come to Manila and perform to local audiences. This early, the news of the Phantom of the Opera being staged in Manila has received wide support and the positive feedback from our clients has been encouraging.”

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano - Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.

With 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects and more than 230 costumes by international designer, the late Maria Björnson, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and stirring music, including “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Music of the Night”.

The timeless, romantic and much-loved musical has been honoured with seven prestigious New York Tony Awards, among them the Tony for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards and three Olivier Awards.

“If you see only one show, make sure it is this one!”

The film of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA was released in 2004 and has thrilled cinema-goers around the world, and a Las Vegas spectacular now in its sixth year continues to enthral audiences.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is based upon the novel Le Fantome De L’Opera by Gaston Leroux. The original London production was produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is produced in Manila by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Hi-Definition Radio Inc. and Concertus in association with The Really Useful Group.

Most recently Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Hi-Definition Radio Inc. and Concertus brought the sell-out success Mamma Mia to The Philippines, and in 2011, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational musical Cats. In addition to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, they are bringing the hit children’s show Barney’s Space Adventures to Manila in April this year.

Tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will go on sale on May 1, 2012. Book now at Ticketworld 891-9999 or log onto

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