Opening Nights | June 2015

By Richard Schultz, June 2015 Issue.

Photo by Alistair Miuir. Courtesy of

The Phantom of the Opera

ASU Gammage

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic antagonist and tragic love interest returns for what promises to be a fresh mounting of this Broadway blockbuster. Following an acclaimed – and sold-out – tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of this phenomenal musical success stops in Tempe as a part of a brand-new North American Tour.

Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted into countless films, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be.

As Christine’s star rises and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man.

Chris Mann stars as the Phantom.

This touring production features a new production design and is staged by director Laurence Connor. The show includes many special effects, including the legendary chandelier accompanied by the beloved score with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade,” performed by a cast and orchestra of 52.

The cast is led by Chris Mann (pictured) as the Phantom. Mann rose to fame as Christina Aguilera’s finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Since then, his debut album, Roads, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and he’s starred in his own PBS television special, “A Mann For All Seasons.”

Katie Travis portrays Christine, the opera protégée, with Storm Lineberger as Rauol, Christine’s young suitor.

The Phantom of the Opera

May 27-June 7

ASU Gammage

1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe

Tickets: $20-$175; 480-965-3434

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