While the “music of the night” in The Phantom of the Opera tour sweeps away audience hearts and souls, it can’t quite sweep away the numerous distracting technical failures throughout this reimagined 1986 classic. The leading cast carries the production with their flawless arias and heart wrenching dramatics. Katie Travis, as Christine Daaé, introduces the leading lady with a vocal brightness which contrasts the iconic work of predecessors Sarah Brightman and Sierra Boggess.
Broadway revivals are an incredibly tricky endeavor. There should be immense respect for the directors with the guts to take on such a project and attempt to parallel the success of the original show. That being said, sometimes they fall short of the original cast's glory (Into the Woods, 2002) or shine brighter than the original ever did (Cabaret, 1998). Did Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's Spring Awakening follow either of these patterns? Original Broadway Spring Awakening,