After three a long time on the Majestic Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera nonetheless runs like a well-oiled machine—together with its well-oiled machines.
The chandelier nonetheless flies into the air (and down once more) to the crashing sounds of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s organ music; the gondolas nonetheless glide; and the gates nonetheless crash down within the lair. However extra importantly, the performances are simply as recent and thrilling as they had been when Michael Crawford first lured Sarah Brightman to his rooms beneath the Paris Opera Home.
“I can’t think about how it’s for different long-running exhibits, however for us it’s a fairly straightforward course of,” present Phantom Ben Crawford says. “Arduous work, however Hal [Prince, the director] was such a genius in how he gave you adequate element as an actor to seek out the character, however he didn’t give a lot that there’s a particular kind that every actor has to suit into. You get plenty of leeway.”
Don’t fear—Crawford and firm aren’t reinventing the present. However there’s one main distinction between Crawford’s masked menace and those who got here earlier than.
“Each Phantom walks down these stairs backwards,” he says, “and I stated, ‘I’ll fall on my ass. So I make it down safely or I fall on my ass.’”
And so Crawford’s Phantom descends the steps going through ahead, remaining upright.
That’s par for the course for what Crawford calls “this dwelling, respiration entity,” through which new solid members carry their very own singular spin to the fabric, which most audiences love. However some are available with preconceived notions about such a beloved present.
“Somebody was very mad at me on Twitter as a result of I didn’t do it how Howard McGillin does it,” Crawford jokes. “Howard is that this ethereal specter on stage! He floats! He seems like an opera ghost. I’m a linebacker in a swimsuit!”
For probably the most half, nevertheless, the response is optimistic. “Folks come and say the present is in actually good condition and it doesn’t really feel prefer it’s 31 years previous,” Crawford says. “So we’re doing our job!”