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The Phantom : The Follow Up

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera rolled into Omaha last week and I had the privilege of seeing the show last Thursday. This show was a total bucket list item for me and I am thrilled to be able to check it off my list.

Orpheum Theater Omaha, NE

Last week I wrote more about the production. It is filled with fun theater facts about the size of the production, costumes, wigs, lights, and the famous chandelier (it weighs 1 ton!). If you want to theater geek out with me hop over and check it out here. This post is my follow up and to be honest it is hard to put that experience in to words. I wish I had more photos to share with you but I am such a rule follower and didn’t snap any photos during the production.

In high school I used to listen to the soundtrack all. the. time. I kind of forgot that I actually knew most of the words to all the songs. As soon as the Overture started and I heard the first chords from the organ I had goosebumps. GOOSEBUMPS! I knew I was in for an exciting ride. How strange it was to be familiar with the songs but not the story line connecting the songs together.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 7 - Chris Mann and Katie Travis - photo Matthew Murphy copy

If you saw the old Phantom it would be worth your time to see this new production. The revolving sets were mesmerizing. Honestly the giant revolving set was like a character in the show. Changing “costume” for every scene. You see the stairs in the above photo? They came out of the wall one at a time as Phantom and Christine descended the staircase.  Then when it was time to change scenes the huge column divided and inside was the Phantom’s lair.

And for all you pyros out there there was fire in this new production. And lots of it. Fire and sparks. I jumped every. single. time. The Chandelier was gorgeous but I wasn’t at the right angle to fully appreciate it. But the sparks made me almost just out of my seat. The singing, acting, and dancing were superb. I had no doubts about that. Each member of the cast had such pure and powerful voices. It is no wonder that The Phantom of the Opera has such fame. It is rightly deserved.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 5 - Chris Mann and Katie Travis - photo Matthew Murphy copy

Good news is you don’t have to travel to Broadway to experience the excitement yourself. The Phantom will remain in Omaha until Sunday, May 1.

A big thank you to Omaha Performing Art for bringing The Phantom of the Opera to Omaha and keeping alive The Music of the Night. I will think of you (the show) often. 💕 Get your tickets today!

The Deets:

the what: Omaha Performing Arts presents The Phantom of the Opera
the when: now until Sunday, May 1
the where: Omaha’s beautiful Orpheum Theater, 409 South 16th St., Omaha, NE
the how much: Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online at; by phone at 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas. Groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets by calling 402.661.8516 or toll-free at 866.434.8587

*disclosure: I have received two complimentary tickets in exchange for my promotion of this post, as always, all opinions are my own and I will only share what I love and would recommend to you if you asked me what you should go see in Omaha


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