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Who can forget the Phantom of the Opera with its powerful overture, white-faced mask, dazzling chandeliers and array of costumes? Hold your breath no longer, because for two weeks starting from 15 June 2019, KL audiences will get to experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s full musical production at the Istana Budaya. Ticket prices range from RM200 to RM680, an absolute steal considering you’ll be blown away by these five interesting facts.
1. Those who have seen your face...
The Phantom’s make up takes two hours to put on
The Phantom’s make up takes two hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off. Prosthetics are fitted before two wigs, two radio microphones and two contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are placed. Jonathan Roxmouth who plays The Phantom, says, “It’s the most challenging, exhausting, heartbreaking, and rewarding role to play, yet you can’t help but go back to it again and again."
Each performance has 186 costumes and 84 pairs of shoes
Every night, a total of 186 costumes and 84 pairs of shoes make their appearance on stage. On tour itself, 384 costumes and 224 pairs of shoes travel with the crew, explains Head of Wardrobe Sharon Williams.
Keep an eye out for the elaborate gowns in the Masquerade sequence, performed over a sweeping staircase, all of which were originally designed by the late Maria Björnson.
3. Prima donna first lady of the stage
The Phantom is the longest running musical on Broadway
A feat not easily achieved, The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 30th anniversary and surpassed its 13,000th performance in early 2018 on Broadway. Assistant Director Rainer Fried says, “It’s the most successful musical production in the world and Malaysian audiences can expect a first-class production of this magical show. When the lights go on, there’ll be no one in the audience with a dry eye."
4. Perhaps we need a little illumination
The chandelier weighs one tonne and is made up 6,000 beads
The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier weighs one tonne and is made up of 6,000 beads, consisting of 35 beads to each string. Spanning three metres wide, the current one on tour falls at a speed of 2.5 metres per second, and is a brand new piece constructed in New York before being shipped out for worldwide tours.
5. Think of me fondly
The set is modelled after the Paris Opera House
True to the original Gaston Leroux novel The Phantom of the Opera (1910), the musical production is modelled after the Paris Opera House – a stunning masterpiece by architect Charles Garnier that blends Baroque, Palladio and Renaissance styles. Look out for the rooftop scene, where Raoul and Christine confess their love for each other under a starry Parisian night.