Unmasking The ‘Phantom’ In Austin

by Nick Bailey on April 19, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre, Living Texas, Austin,

The city of Austin will be filled with the music of the night as Lexus Broadway in Austin brings Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless classic The Phantom of The Opera to the Bass Concert Hall April 19 – 30.

Mackintosh’s production comes to Austin as part of a brand new North American Tour, and with newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 3 - Katie Travis and Jordan Craig - photo by Matthew Murphy
Katie Travis and Jordan Craig. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of The Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

“With Phantom still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 28 phenomenal years,” Mackintosh said. “I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of Phantom has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 2.5 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new Phantom is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again.”

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 1 - Derrick Davis and Katie Travis - photo Matthew Murphy
Derrick Davis and Katie Travis. Photo Matthew Murphy

Katie Travis (Christine Daaé) is poised to play the role of a lifetime with this production, adding to her already impressive repertoire which includes Titanic (Kate McGowan), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew) and Wonderful Town (Eileen Sherwood) to name a few. She recently performed the role of Cosette in Les Misérables at The MUNY in St. Louis and is a recent winner of the Lys Symonette Award for her performance at the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition.

“It’s been an incredible experience, and I feel like I’m continuously growing as a person as I evolve with this journey,” Travis explained. Having been with the show for a couple of years now. “We’re taking the old story that everyone knows and loves and taking a more realistic approach at the story. We’re taking a different approach at it. It’s just about people making choices and trying to do the best they can with the choices they make.”

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 12 - The Corps de Ballet in Hannibal - Choreography by Scott Ambler - pho- resized
The Corps de Ballet in Hannibal. Choreography by Scott Ambler. Photo Matthew Murphy

From the sound of it, audiences may be in for a new experience from this production, and quite possible some new understandings or character development.

“From Christine’s perspective, it’s specifically more of the female perspective,” Travis explained. “She’s a young woman trying to figure out what sort of relationship she wants to be in, she’s trying to figure out what direction her career, and she’s trying to figure out where her life is going and coping with the death of her father. So she’s really just making choices based on whatever is going on with her at that moment, and she’s just trying to do the best she can with the things she’s been handed.”

Audiences can expect a spectacle to behold with Mackintosh’s production, as Travis has hinted at some beautiful set designs.

“It’s a little more vibrant,” she explained. “We have this big cool staircase and sort of comes out in this really amazing way. It’s just a little bit more vibrant and more updated and new.”

Tickets can be purchased at their online box office.