OH MY GOSH!! I have never seen anything so incredible as the opening scene of Phantom, where the auctioneer shares the story behind the chandelier that reportedly fell during the reign of the Phantom at the Paris Opera House. When he dramatically plugs the fixture in, you hear the orchestra...da...da, da. da. da daaaa...and the giant chandelier begins to rise off the stage and into the air, and over the audience!!! From that point on...I was jello. Absolutely mesmerized.
The scene where the Phantom is taking Christine down to the bowels of the opera house and into the river running through it, was phenomenal. It actually looked as if the stage was a river, and he was paddling the oars through water!
All in all...if I had the money, I would see it again...and again. There were people there who had seen various performances 3 and 4 times. I now can see why. It will be a day Ave and I will never forget. Plus, we bought the tee shirt, bought the mug, bought the key chain, and bought the program! (those are the reasons we could not afford to see it again!!!) ps...these are not acutal "play" photos...they will not even let you photograph the inside of the theater BEFORE the play even begins...everything is copyrighted, right down to the lighting and the sets)