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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 2 2014
Price: $23-$115
Years ago, when another touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's immortal (that is, unkillable) musical came to Chicago, I wrote the nastiest pan I could muster, detailing all the ways in which its big, Hal Prince-directed gorgeousness didn't prevent its being very, very bad. This time around I kind of enjoyed it. The book still does a ridiculously poor job of telling the belle epoque tale of Christine Daae, a talented young singer, alternately mentored and tormented by the disfigured genius who loves her. The score, familiar as it is, can still grate. But Laurence Connor's reimagined 25th-anniversary version uses humor and deft, manageable stage pictures to create a saving sense of intimacy. With its elaborate, highly mechanized scenic design and its dozens of actors, singers, and musicians, the show is far, far from a chamber piece. Yet it manages to help us share the fairy tale rather than feel steamrollered by it. What we've got here is a Phantom for people who never liked Phantom. —Tony Adler


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