Oct 7, 2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera in a Spectacular New Production by Cameron Mackintosh Begins Tomorrow October 8 at DPAC

(Durham, N.C.) Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA begins tomorrow, October 8,  for the Triangle premiere engagement at DPAC. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, the most successful musical of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/USTour

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “It’s wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated over 26 years on Broadway. Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, ''After a glorious celebration of 26 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this dazzling new production of PHANTOM has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics alike in the U.K. and now the U.S. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the PHANTOM in his new guise -- for the first time or all over again.”

The new production of PHANTOM is an enormous hit with audiences and critics alike…

“Extraordinarily opulent.  This PHANTOM’S storytelling and relationships have an electrifying tension.” – Chicago Sun-Times

“An intense and spectacular new production with a stunning new design,
fresh drama and added momentum.” – Sunday Express (UK)

“Take a deep breath and prepare to be dazzled;
this kind of gorgeous escapism is exactly what audiences need.” – The Scotsman (UK)

“Powerful, gorgeous…and better than ever.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

“This PHANTOM is for a new generation.” – Roy Leonard, Chicago Now

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.

The performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at DPAC runs as follows:

• Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:30 PM
• Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:00 PM
• Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:30 PM
• Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:00 PM
• Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM
• Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:00 PM
• Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:00 PM
• Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 6:30 PM
• Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 7:30 PM
• Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:30 PM
• Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 7:30 PM
• Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM
• Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00 PM
• Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:00 PM
• Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 1:00 PM
• Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA start at $35:
• Online at DPACnc.com
• DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
• Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.982.2787

This new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is directed by Laurence Connor (the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables now on Broadway) with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

There are currently eight productions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA around the world: the flagship London production (approaching 28 Years and counting), New York (26½ Years and counting), Sapporo (Japan, 25 Years and counting, in repertory), Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), the Asian Pacific Tour (now in Taipei, Taiwan), Moscow (Russia, which has its official opening on October 4) and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production now on North American Tour.  Following Moscow, the next international openings will be in Hong Kong in December 2014 and Istanbul (Turkey) in April 2015. 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion, which it did this summer.  Revenues far surpass the world’s highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.8 billion), as well as such other blockbusters as Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. 

Worldwide, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has played over 65,000 performances that have been seen by 130 million people in 30 countries and 151 cities in 14 languages. The show has won more than 70 major theater awards.

There have been three previous U.S. National Tours of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA that grossed over $1.5 billion in combined box office sales and played 216 engagements in 77 cities for an unprecedented total of 36 years and over 14,500 performances to 31 million people.

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/USTour


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Official show  site:  www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/PhantomOnTour
Twitter:   www.twitter.com/PhantomOnTour
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/PhantomTour

For production photos:
Durham Performing Arts Center / 919-688-3722
Samantha Biardi / [email protected]


Tour Publicity Contacts:
Broadway Booking Office NYC / 212-792-9550
Kent McIngvale/Jenny Bates
Durham Performing Arts Center / 919-688-3722
Rachel Traversari / Samantha Biardi


About DPAC
With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone”, hosting over 180 performances a year including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), DPAC has been listed three consecutive years as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal.
For more information please go to www.DPACnc.com.