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My First Time: Phantom of the Opera

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets in partnership with the Straz Center and the Tampa Bay Bloggers Network  to see Phantom of the Opera at the Straz Center in exchange for review. All opinions are my own and I would not recommend products and/or events that are not good for my readers.  

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Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, has come to Tampa as part of a brand new North American Tour. Check the Phantom of the Opera website for the next stop on the tour so you can experience this amazing show! The Phantom of the Opera will continue to play at the Straz center until January 4th.

I was so excited to be able to have the chance to see Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera! I had never seen it before and had this on my bucket list of plays I want to see. I did not research the play before hand or listened to the soundtrack. I wanted the whole experience to be new and fresh. In the end, I was not disappointed!

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Katie Travis (Christine) and Chris Mann (Phantom). Photo by Matthew Murphy Photo Credit: Straz Center

My husband and I got to the Straz early and walked around and looked at some of the beautiful Christmas decor. The Straz was dressed up so pretty for the holiday season. Part of me wished I could have arrived earlier to check out the ice skating at Curtis Hixon Park.

The music of the Phantom of the Opera is amazing and the cast and orchestra did an excellent job. The music burns right into your soul. You feel the Phantom’s pain and love for Christine. You feel his love for music. You feel his anguish because of his disfigured face. The way the Phantom’s voice is behind you is really surreal and brings the musical to another whole level. The vocals are amazing! My favorite scenes would have to be the masquerade ball and the final Phantom scene. His heartbreak and Christine’s kindness just blew me away.

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The Company performs Masquerade. Photo by Alastair Muir. Photo Credit: Straz Center


What did you think about the Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera?


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Friday 2nd of January 2015

So fun! It was my 5th time seeing the show! :)


Sunday 28th of December 2014

My nine year old daughter LOVES Phantom - listens to the soundtrack every night as she goes to sleep. We took her to see Phantom at the Orpheum in Memphis back in October - same tour, I believe - and it was INCREDIBLE!!


Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

I've been to a lot of plays/musicals and this is by far my favorite. The music is beautiful!

reesa l

Monday 22nd of December 2014

we saw phantom a few years ago in NYC and it was great.


Monday 22nd of December 2014

I've seen Phantom of The Opera a few times, once on Broadway, and loved it every time! It's such a powerful love story!