The Phantom of the Opera is playing through Mother’s Day weekend at Toyota Oakdale Theatre and this version has some new technology. Star Derrick Davis who plays the phantom, says to expect the unexpected when seeing this fresh new version of the classic “If you can imagine seeing an action adventure movie and putting that live on stage that’s what you have in the phantom” says Davis.
Davis is well known for playing this role. He reassures those planning to see the performance that all of the iconic songs are still key to what makes his character so special. A character he sometimes can’t believe he is playing. “It’s a dream come true literally phantom was the first play my parent took me to as a kid and so to be able to step into this iconic role that Andrew Lloyd Webber penned so many decades ago is just literally a dream.”
Producer Cameron Mackintosh now uses state of the art technology to tell this decades old love story. Pyrotechnics and cinematic set changes are incorporated, and the crystal chandelier is an even bigger focal point.
“The chandelier is almost like a character in the show so the way that the directors and designers have imagined it is that a way the phantom can remind the people here that he’s still in control and can keep them on their toes” says stage manager Mitch Hodges. He says chandelier is comprised of 30,000 beads and 300 pieces of gold leaf, all of which are polished before each performance
There are two performances on Saturday and also Mother’s Day Sunday. You can find tickets here.