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Reinvented 'The Phantom of the Opera' production comes to Vancouver

(Production photo of the national tour cast of The Phantom of the Opera, via Broadway.com)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s one of the most iconic stage productions of all time.

With Phantom of the Opera returning to Vancouver, we are asking of the stars of the show about what keeps people coming back to live theatre.

Katie Travis plays Christine Daaé in the production — a role she has been playing for more than two and a half years.

When asked about the relevance of theatre in 2017, she says “live theatre in this time, in this age, in this world where there is a lot of chaos happening, it’s exciting to share an experience two or three thousand other people.”

Travis says for Phantom in the Opera specifically, the score is one of the things that brings people back to the show year after year.

“There’s the pyrotechnics, the spectacle of it and the cool things to watch like the choreography, the dance… but ultimately, I think they score draws people in.”

This is being billed as Cameron Mackintosh’s Spectacular “New” Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Mackintosh chose a new creative team, including director Laurence Connor, (co-director of the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables,) and allowed them the freedom to tell this beloved story utilizing advances in theatrical wizardry.

The production retains the beloved music, script, lyrics, and the Tony Award-winning costume design.

The story and score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions now on tour.

It will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from July 12th to the 23rd.

Worldwide, over 65,000 performances have been seen by 140 million people in 35 countries and 160 cities in 15 languages.