The Academy of Music Presents: “Phantom of the Opera”

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The Academy of Music presents “Phantom of the Opera” – a classic tale of love, loss, and redemption. Follow along as the Phantom and his love, Christine, try to find their way back to each other.


The Academy of Music is proud to present “Phantom of the Opera”! Since its debut in 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has delighted audiences around the world with its combination of spectacular visuals, beautiful music, and gripping story.

“Phantom of the Opera” tells the story of a masked man who falls in love with a beautiful soprano, only to find his affections unrequited. When she spurns him for another man, he takes revenge by trapping her inside the Paris Opera House and unleashing a series of horrifying accidents. But as he watches her suffer, the Phantom begins to realize that he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

With its classic love story, grandiose sets and costumes, and memorable songs like “The Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You,” “Phantom of the Opera” is a truly unforgettable experience. We hope you enjoy the show!

The Academy of Music

The Academy of Music, located in the heart of Philadelphia, is one of the oldest and most prestigious music venues in the United States. The grandiose building, which first opened its doors in 1857, is an architectural masterpiece and has been home to some of the most legendary performers in history. The Academy of Music is presenting “The Phantom of the Opera” this month and we could not be more excited!

Location and History

The Academy of Music is located at 240 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the oldest opera house in the United States, and was built in 1857. The Academy of Music has been home to the Opera Company of Philadelphia since its inception in 1957.

The building is constructed of marble, granite, and iron, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Second Empire architecture in the country. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980.

The Building

The Academy of Music, located at Broad and Locust Streets in Philadelphia, is the oldest grand opera house in the United States. Completed in 1857, the soon-to-be National Historic Landmark was built to replace the city’s pyrotechnic-filled Second Bank of the United States. Designed by architect John Haviland in the neo-Grec style with a fireproof cast iron and masonry shell, it was intended to be one of the most fireproof buildings of its time. The theater is currently owned by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which also owns and operates two other venues in Philadelphia: Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater.

The original Academy of Music building contained 2,889 seats on three levels (orchestra, mezzanine, and gallery), with forty private boxes lining the sides of the auditorium.

“Phantom of the Opera”

The Academy of Music is proud to present “Phantom of the Opera” for a limited engagement. This classic story of love, mystery, and intrigue has captivated audiences for over 130 years and is sure to be a hit with our patrons. Get your tickets today!

The Story

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by Gaston Leroux. The novel was first published in serial form in the newspaper Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909, to January 8, 1910. The novel was published in book form in 1910.

The story revolves around a beautiful soprano named Christine Daaé, who is being stalked by a masked man called “the Phantom.” The Phantom is actually a man named Erik, who was born with a deformity that makes him look like a monster. Erik was once an employee at the Paris Opera House, but he was driven out because of his deformity.

Erik becomes obsessed with Christine and kidnaps her, taking her to live with him in the catacombs beneath the Opera House. He eventually falls in love with her and tries to force her to love him back. But when Christine returns above ground and falls in love with another man, the Phantom is consumed by jealousy and rage.

The novel has been adapted into numerous plays, films, and operas, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The Characters

The Phantom: The Phantom of the Opera is a masked figure who is never seen without his mask. He is a musical genius, and he lives in the catacombs of the Opera House. He is in love with Christine Daaé, and he will do anything to make her love him.

Christine Daaé: Christine is a young soprano who is the object of the Phantom’s affection. She is a kind and caring person, but she is also naïve. She does not know the true identity of the Phantom, and she is terrified of him.

Raoul de Chagny: Raoul is Christine’s childhood friend and her current love interest. He is a kind and handsome man, but he is also impulsive and hot-headed. He wants to protect Christine from the Phantom, but he does not realize that the Phantom is more powerful than he seems.

Madame Giry: Madame Giry is the head of the opera house’s corps de ballet. She is a mysterious woman who seems to have some connection to the Phantom.

The Performance

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with book and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart. The musical is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The Phantom of the Opera debuted in London’s West End in 1986, and Broadway in 1988. The Phantom of the Opera has won more than 70 major theatre awards.

The Set

The set for this gala performance is the largest and most elaborate in the history of the Academy. It took a full year to construct, and it cost a fortune. The main stage is a recreation of the Paris Opera House, circa 1890. The auditorium has been transformed into a giant opera house, with tiered boxes lining the walls and a grand chandelier above the stage. The stage itself is huge, with three levels and a massive proscenium arch. Behind the scenes, there are over a hundred technicians working to make sure everything runs smoothly.

This event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the world’s most popular musicals performed by some of the world’s most talented performers. It promises to be an evening to remember!

The Costumes

One of the most important elements in any successful production of “The Phantom of the Opera” is the costume design. In this production, the costumes serve to both establish the time period and setting of the story, as well as help to create an atmosphere of suspense and mystery.

The majority of the costumes are based on clothing that would have been worn in Paris during the late 19th century. However, there are also some more modern elements mixed in, such as the use of black leather for the Phantom’s costume. This helps to make him appear more dangerous and menacing.

The costuming team has also done a great job of creating a look for each character that is unique and helps to set them apart from each other. For example, Christine’s costumes are very delicate and girlish, while Carlotta’s are much more flashy and attention-grabbing. This helps to highlight their different personalities and makes them more relatable to audiences.

Overall, the costumes in this production are well-designed and add a lot to the overall atmosphere of the show.

The Music

The music of “Phantom of the Opera” is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Lloyd Webber’s score is sometimes criticised for being too heavily reliant on the work of earlier composers such as Gounod, Puccini and Moussorgsky; in particular, the melodies for “Think of Me”, “Angel of Music”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You” have been noted as sounding similar to those written by other composers. However, Lloyd Webber’s score has been praised for its grand scale and use of dramatic effects, as well as for being extremely accessible to a wide range of audiences.


Finally, “The Phantom of the Opera” is a story about unrequited love. The phantom loves Christine and wants her to love him back, but she loves Raoul. The phantom is unable to accept this and tries to keep Christine away from Raoul, but in the end, he realizes that he can’t keep them apart and that Christine’s happiness is more important than his own. He selflessly allows her to go away with Raoul, and we are left with the image of him alone in the shadows of the opera house, waiting for someone who will never return.

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