DC50’s Robin Hamilton Meets The Phantom
A Broadway mainstay has descended onto the stage of the Kennedy’s Center Opera House. The Phantom of the Opera is here.
The musical smash, created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is celebrating 28 years on Broadway. But don’t let age fool you. The new production, helmed by Cameron Macintosh, is boasting newly updated staging and scenic design.
Adding to its richness, the musical has 52 cast and orchestra members, and is one of the largest productions on tour in North American.
The robust orchestra provides an impressive presence to the show, and complements the lead characters, Christine Daae (played by understudy Kaitlyn Davis on press night), and the Phantom, a role that Chris Mann masters. Both showcase incredible voices.
However, it is Mann’s presence that is astounding – not just because of his vocal feats (talents that were nationally discovered when he was a finalist on NBC’s The Voice). It is because he suffered from acute appendicitis in the early run of the show. His stellar performance defies the reality that he had surgery one week before press night.