Pieter Toerien & The Really Useful Group present
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Artscape Opera House, Cape Town: 22 November 2011 to 15 January 2012
Johannesburg’s Teatre at Montecasino: 31 January to 22 April 2012
Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm
Sundays at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.
Tickets cost from R125 via Computicket or 0214217695.
The Original Production by Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group
Sponsored By TELKOM
Broadway’s longest running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, with its unforgettable score, jaw-dropping scenery, exquisite costumes and breathtaking special effects, has experienced sell out seasons around the world and starts at Artscape in Cape Town on 22 November 2011 before playing at The Teatro at Montecasino in 2012.
Having played to more than 100 million people in 149 cities around the world, this full- scale production with original direction by Harold Prince is arguably the most popular musical of all time and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Legendary songs include “Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You”, performed by a stellar South African cast headed by Andre Schwartz and Jonathan Roxmouth (Phantom), Jonathan Roxmouth and Anthony Downing (Raoul), Robyn Botha and Magdalene Minnaar (Christine), James Borthwick (Monsieur Firmin), Jason Ralph (Monsieur Andre), Pauline du Plessis and Hanlee Louw (Carlotta), Angela Killian (Madame Giry) and Thabiso Masemane (Piangi).
The story tells of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of Christine, a young soprano, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.
The creative team for South Africa includes Rainer Fried - Assistant Director, Associate Director: Arte Masella, Guy Simpson - Musical Supervisor, Patti Marrin - Associate Choreographer, Jee Jee Noh - Assistant Choreographer .
This superb production is not to be missed! The season starts at Artscape on 22 November till 15 January 2012 before moving to Johannesburg’s Teatre at Montecasino from 31 January to 25 March 2012. Performances run from Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and on Sundays at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. Tickets cost from R125 via Computicket or 0214217695. Follow PhantomSA on Facebook.
PHANTOM facts and figures:
The Broadway production became the longest running show ever on Broadway when it overtook Cats with its 7,486th performance on January 9th 2006. It is now in its 23rd year on Broadway!
The show is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary on London’s West End this year (Sunday 9 October) having played over 10 000 performances and still counting!
Original cast recording was the first in British musical history to enter the charts at number one. Original cast album sales have exceeded 40 million worldwide making it the biggest selling cast album of all time.
It is estimated that The Phantom of the Opera has been seen in 149 cities by more than 100 million people worldwide!
The Phantom of the Opera has been produced in hundreds of cities, in more than 25 countries around the world, including UK, US, New Zealand, Japan, Austria, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Korea, Denmark, Spain and Russia.
The Phantom of the Opera began previewing at Her Majesty's Theatre, London on 27th September 1986 then officially opened 9th October the same year, and opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York on 9th January 1988.
The show has won over 50 major theatre awards, including 3 Olivier Awards, the most recent being the 2002 Olivier Audience Award for Most Popular Show, an Evening Standard Award, 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, 7 Drama Desk Awards and 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards.
The Phantom’s make-up takes 2 hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off. The face is moisturised, closely shaved and the prosthetics are fitted, setting immediately, before 2 wigs, 2 radio mics and 2 contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are placed.
The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is 3 metres wide and weighs one ton. The touring version falls at 2.5 metres per second. The original version was built by 5 people in 4 weeks.
2,230 metres of fabric are used for the drapes, 900 of them specially dyed. The tasselled fringes measure 226 metres. They are made up of 250 kilos of dyed wool interwoven with 5,000 wooden beads imported from India. Each one is handmade and combed through with an Afro comb.
There are 130 cast, crew and orchestra members directly involved in each performance.
Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.
Joel Schumacher directed a big screen version of the show which was released worldwide at the end of 2004. It starred Gerard Butler as The Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine, Patrick Wilson as Raoul and Minnie Driver as Carlotta.
“Telkom has a history of supporting the Arts. We have an extensive art collection of works by South African artists. We have also sponsored the recent official FIFA 2010 SPACE exhibition, while our sponsorship of the Lion King allowed local audiences to experience this remarkable production. We are delighted that our partnership will once again bring an award-winning theatre production to South Africa.“ - Brenda Kali, Group Executive: Group Communication and Brand, Telkom