‘The Phantom of the Opera’ comes to Manila

Posted at 03/20/12 4:26 PM

Part of a poster of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo: ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – Good news for fans of “The Phantom of the Opera” in Manila – the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) starting August 25.

It will run until September 16. Show dates are Tuesday to Friday at 8 p.m., and weekends at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Organizers have started pre-selling tickets, which are priced from P1,820 to P7,280 each.

“The Phantom of the Opera,” considered as one of the world’s most successful musicals, celebrated its 25th year on the West End stage last year.

The Manila show will be directed by Harold Prince, and will feature 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, organizers said.

Other popular touring musicals that have been staged in the country include “Mamma Mia” and “Cats.”

As early as now, industry observers are expecting "Phantom of the Opera" to do brisk business such that local theater groups are steering clear of the mega-musical.

Robbie Guevarra, artistic director of 9 Works Theatrical, said his group is not putting up a major musical in the second half of the year because of the competition posed by the Lloyd Webber hit.

"But we may have a re-run of 'Charlie Brown,'" he told ABS-CBNnews.com, referring to the group's recent stage success, "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown."

For tickets, visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.