Sunday, 8 October 2006

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera is coming back to Singapore next year. Finally, I have waited for 12 years. yep.....

Check out this report from CNA
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "The Phantom of the Opera" is making a return to Singapore, after its hugely successful debut here 12 years ago. Broadway’s longest-running musical which next week celebrates its 20th anniversary will play at the Esplanade from 23rd March 2007. The Singapore season which is part of an Asian tour will see American Brad Little playing the Phantom, a role he has played some 2,000 times. Describing himself as the luckiest man in the world to be doing something that he loves, Little says "It’s going to be very exciting – everyone has said how wonderful the audiences are here... which always fascinates me. Every country seems to have their own personality as far as their audiences are (concerned)... Those that have performed here say ‘you’re going to love Singapore’". The Singapore season of "The Phantom of the Opera" will be Directed by Harold Prince who has directed and/or produced more than 50 musicals, plays and operas including, the premiere productions of "Evita", "the Cabaret", "A Little Light Music" and "Sweeney Todd", just to name a few. According to Tim Mc Farlane, Managing Director of the The Really Useful Company which is co-producing the show in Singapore, the production will involve more than 130 cast, crew and orchestra from the USA, UK, Australia and even Korea. 22 containers of what will make up a spectacular set at the Esplanade will be shipped from Australia and other countries to Singapore, including 230 amazing costumes. The producers believe the show in Singapore will be better than those in New York or London, having been continually worked on, improved and perfected. David Atkins of David Atkins Enterprises says, "The Phantom of the Opera is arguably one of the most successful musicals of all time and DAE is proud to be associated with what we are sure will be its best season ever in Singapore." Tickets will go on sale from November for "The Phantom of the Opera", a heart-wrenching story of the hideously disfigured Phantom who falls in love with a young singer Christine and devotes himself to creating a new opera star while exercising a reign of terror over the Opera House’s occupants. - CNA/yv

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