The Phantom of the Opera | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Matthew Murphy

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 8 2017
Price: $67-$147
The longest-running show on Broadway returns to Chicago with a splashy new production from original producer Cameron Mackintosh. And for those familiar with and fond of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, the cast and orchestra of 52 (which makes Phantom one of the largest productions on tour in North America) delivers as many sparks as the iconic chandelier. While the biggest showstopper is Paul Brown’s larger-than-life, highly mechanized set, lead performances from Derrick Davis as the Phantom and Katie Travis as Christine Daaé share the spotlight with strong, operatic vocals and nuanced stage presence. Throughout the development of the love triangle between the Phantom, Christine, and Raoul, songs from “Angel of Music” to “Music of the Night” to “All I Ask of You” are saccharine, catchy reminders of why this romantic musical retains global, cross-generational appeal. —Marissa Oberlander



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