Total Rating: 
***
Opened: 
January 26, 1988
Ended: 
open run
Country: 
USA
State: 
New York
City: 
New York
Theater Type: 
Broadway
Theater: 
Majestic Theater
Theater Address: 
247 West 44th Street
Phone: 
(212) 239-6200
Running Time: 
2 hrs, 30 min
Genre: 
Musical Thriller
Author: 
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics: Charles Hart; Add'l Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe; Book: Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Director: 
Harold Prince
Review: 

 Late in the first act, there are fifteen glorious minutes when everything comes together: music (the title song, "The Music Of The Night"), set (candelabras rising from the mist as the Phantom and Christine gondola their way across the prettiest sewer you ever saw), performance -- everything. When the Phantom first brings Christine down to his lair, the show is transported to the realm of legend. The rest of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical extravaganza simply can't top this high point, though the "Masquerade" sequence remains gorgeous, and the finale, though breathlessly paced, nonetheless leaves room for a lump in the throat. If the production has declined in any way since Phantom'spremiere eight years ago, it's in the ensemble singing, where words are indecipherable. Otherwise, the reasons for the Phantom's juggernaut success remain as clear as the mask on his face.

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Parental: 
gunshot
Cast: 
Marilyn Caskey (Carlotta), Jeff Keller (Andre), George Lee Andrews (Firmin), Leila Martin (Giry), etc.
Technical: 
Choreography: Gillian Lynne; Design: Maria Bjornson; Lighting: Andrew Bridge; Sound: Martin Levan; Musical Superv/Dir: David Caddick; Orchest: David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber; Casting: Johnson-Liff & Zerman.
Awards: 
1988 Outer Critics: Musical
Other Critics: 
TOTALTHEATER Ellis Nassour +
Critic: 
David Lefkowitz
Date Reviewed: 
September 1994