‘Phantom’ returns to Costa Mesa mixing classic and contemporary

The spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic “The Phantom of the Opera” is now on tour across North America, stopping at Segerstrom Center for two weeks.

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” will make a triumphant return to Costa Mesa at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on July 10 – 21. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of “Phantom” is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of Phantom will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production which just celebrated 31 years at the Majestic Theatre.”

“With ‘Phantom’ still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 31 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of ‘Phantom’ has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 4.5 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013,” Cameron Mackintosh said, “With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new ‘Phantom’ is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again.”

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables that is back on tour across North America after a hugely successful revival on Broadway; directed the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon that played London’s West End and Broadway and is now on a tour across North America; and also directed the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing in London’s West End and on North American Tour), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

When: July 10 – 21. Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m. (Thursday July 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.); Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, July 20, 2019 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

How much: Start at $35.75

Phone: (714) 556-2787

Online: SCFTA.org

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