Phantom2(Official Photo by Phantom of the Opera)

I still can’t believe that PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, touted to be “the most successful musical of all time“, is being staged in Manila. I was addicted to its complete soundtrack during my college days, and I never imagined I would get to hear and watch it live with the traveling Phantom of the Opera cast. 🙂

It’s almost impossible not to be drawn into the love triangle story of Christine, Raoul and the Phantom because of familiar songs like:

  • Think of Me” by Christine and Raoul, 
  • The Mirror (Angel of Music)” by Christine, Raoul, and Phantom
  • The Phantom of the Opera” by Phantom and Christine
  • The Music of the Night” by Phantom, and 
  • All I Ask of You” by Raoul and Christine

I loved the smooth transitions from one grand scene to the next, especially when Christine was seduced by the Phantom to visit his secret hideout under the opera house, passing through an underground lake. It was mesmerizing to see the smoke, lights and candles slowly emerging to create the Phantom’s hiding place.


Phantom1(Official Photo by Phantom of the Opera)

Here is a glimpse of the grand setting and costumes during the first part of Act I where the cast rehearses for the Hannibal performance.

Read the complete Phantom of the Opera Synopsis here.


Here’s one of my favorite “Phantom of the Opera” songs sung by The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger during the Royal Variety Show last December 2011 and…

the Sarah Brightman, the original Christine, “Phantom of the Opera” version during the Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary. 🙂

The Phantom of the Opera

In sleep he sang to me in dreams he came
That voice which calls to me and speaks my name
And do I dream again? For now I find
The Phantom of the Opera is there inside my mind

Sing once again with me our strange duet
My power over you grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me to glance behind
The Phantom of the Opera is there inside your mind

Those who have seen your face draw back in fear
I am the mask you wear it’s me they hear
My spirit and my voice in one combined
The Phantom of the Opera is there inside my mind

Beware the Phantom of the Opera
Is that the Phantom of the Opera?

Sing, my angel
Sing for me
Sing, my angel
Sing for me

Phantom

Don’t miss the last few shows of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in MANILA!

There are 21 shows left, and it will close on October 14, Sunday. Don’t miss it!

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA MANILA
Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater
August 25, 2012 to October 14, 2012
Tuesday to Sunday, 8pm shows
with 3pm matinee shows every Saturday and Sunday

Ticket Prices:
Balcony 2 – P2,250 
Upper Box/ Balcony 1 – P3,500
Lower Box/Parterre Box – P4,500
Orchestra Side – P5,800
Orchestra Center – P7,000 

The fastest way to reserve a ticket is to purchase online at Ticketworld’s website.

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Full Disclosure: I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don’t accept advertising from food and travel places we feature in the blog. We paid for our tickets.

P.S. Here are some tips for planning your Phantom of the Opera date:

1). Be in CCP at around 6pm so that you can still park at the Harbor Square area. If you arrive at 7pm you still risk getting to the show late because of heavy traffic in the area.

2). The show is about 2 hours and 30 minutes long, with a 20-minute intermission. Best to have an early dinner around 5-6pm. We ate in the Chicken Rice Shop @ Harbor Square.

3). A Souvenir Program costs P500 while the Phantom of the Opera CD costs P750. Bring cash.

4). It’s OK to watch in Balcony 2; you can still hear and see the show clearly. To see the faces of the actors up close, I suggest you borrow a pair of binoculars for your date. (They sell cardboard binoculars in CCP at P75.)

5). You can bring your phones inside but taking pictures is strictly prohibited.