Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic, The Phantom of the Opera, is now gracing the stage at the Detroit Opera House through Jan. 22. The re-vamped production is still set in 19th century Paris and the classic songs from "Angel of Music" to "The Music of the Night" are still there, but the entire scenic production has a fresh vibe that brings new splendor to iconic set pieces like the infamous chandelier and the Paris Opera House and its catacombs.
Throughout the production, the set pieces seem to come alive, including a magnificent moment where stairs begin to appear and disappear as the Phantom (Derrick Davis) leads Christine Daae (Katie Travis) below. The stage itself pivots to reveal the different sets with vivid floor-to-ceiling scenery that helps viewers transport themselves into the story.
The visual delights and special effects add a new edge to the classic tale that blends the action, adventure, horror and romance that has made the story a treasure on Broadway decades after it first hit the stage. However, it is the show's timeless music that gives the show its spice and Davis, a stage veteran who previously played Mufasa in The Lion King, and Travis, who is fresh off of playing Cosette in Les Misérables, more than live up to expectations.
The pair's powerful voices work well with one another and allow the raw beauty of the music to build and surround the audience, who, much like Christine, find themselves in the Phantom's thrall. The captivating music stays with the listener long after the cast has taken its final bow.