My sister and I saw Phantom of the Opera last night during my third trip to the Kennedy Center (it was awful driving around DC trying to find the place, but at least my sister was driving). We had great seats, and I do love the music and the… live-ness of the production. I’m surprised the conductor didn’t go deaf with the loud fire-cracker effects. Ah… what a fun time. It looked like quite an expensive production, with all the special effects, props, sets, etc, but it made the overall musical that much better, quite a change from seeing more… “minimalist” productions in which the audience has to use just as much imagination as the players on stage.
As much as I loved the performance, I must say, it does make me partly very envious of Mr. Lloyd Webber for all his success. Surely I could write catchy tunes like that very easily… anyone want to produce my musical?