Note: Make sure to allow extra time to get to the Morrison Center. With construction and fewer available parking spaces, it will take longer to get into your seats. If you’re late you cannot be seated in the first 12 minutes.
One of the most famous and beloved musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” will be in Boise for 16 performances running Wednesday, June 14, through Sunday, June 25.
This revival tour offers a fresh take on the original, with new sets and staging, all overseen by seasoned producer Cameron Mackintosh (“Les Miserables”) and innovative theater artist and choreographer Matthew Bourne.
Webber’s musical has been bringing audiences to their feet with beautiful music, strong voices and state-of-the-art stagecraft for 29 years on Broadway and in touring productions. And in that time, this is the first time the production has played in Idaho.
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Though it’s based on the rather goofy conceit of Gaston Laroux’s 1910 potboiler about a ghostly, masked Phantom (Derrick Davis) who haunts the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with the young soprano Christine (Katie Travis), nothing can can slow this “Phantom” juggernaut.
The musical opened in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988; it continues there as the longest-running musical in Broadway history. This U.S. tour launched in 2013 after the Broadway production hit 10,400 performances to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Broadway.
With a cast of 52 — including musicians — “Phantom” is one of the biggest musicals of all time. How big? Check out these numbers and facts.
THESE AREN’T PHANTOM $$$
$1 billion: Gross receipts (as of November 2016), second only to “The Lion King.”
$6 billion: Gross earnings internationally.
140 million: Number of people in 35 countries and 166 cities around the globe who’ve seen it.
BEHIND THE SCENES
75: Local stagehands hired in each city to load the production into the theater.
35: Local stagehands used for each performance.
20: Trucks used to move the production from city to city.
1,200: Costume pieces used during the show.
2 to 3: Weeks a pair of women’s pointe shoes lasts per dancer.
120: Wigs that travel with the production.
50 each: Wigs used in each performance, all but five made of human hair, and mustaches.
SOUND AND EFFECTS
200: Speakers in the auditorium.
50: Speakers used to create the surround-sound effects.
85: Moving lights in the design.
4: Haze/smoke effects.
This new chandelier was designed by Howard Eaton, who also designed the Olympic rings for the London Games in 2012.
6,000: Beads on the chandelier.
632: Beads per strand.
1 ton: Weight of the chandelier.
10 tons: Weight of the main scenic wall, which rotates on the stage.
2: Number of opera boxes on the set. (They fill one transport truck.)
The Phantom of the Opera
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, (2 p.m. is currently sold out, according to the website. Check with the box office for future availability.); 8 p.m. Friday, June 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, June 20-22; 8 p.m. Friday, June 23; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $25-$125. 426-1110. Ticketmaster.
Note: Tickets are available for all performances.