Tatler Review: Roxmouth dominates Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera World Tour
Back in the Philippines is Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, which has extended its stay at the Solaire Theatre until April 6!
Donning the mask of the titular role, Jonathan Roxmouth returns with his powerful and captivating voice – something fans have missed since his appearance as the Phantom in 2012 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It can even be said that it was a better and stronger performance than the last time he wore the cape. Throughout the production, he continually grabs your heart with his passionate rendition of the classic scores. His presence brings the crowd to somehow favour him despite the murders his character portrays. It cannot be argued that he was born to play this role.
Though the chemistry between Meghan Picerno and Matt Leisy, who plays Christine Daaé and Raoul respectively, was not as electrifying as one would hope, their angelic voices, command of the stage, and charisma can still warm up any person’s heart. The ensemble brought a lot of energy throughout the musical and convincingly brought the colourful fantasy of the production to life.
The stage design was magnificent and grand despite the less extravagant chandelier. It was able to transport the audience to an immersive experience of the period and the life behind the stage. Truly, the combination of lights, effects and set design gave the audience a visual marvel from the flawless visual illusions to the varied set transformations that complement the performance of the amazing cast.
Whether you are new to the theatre experience or a fan, this Phantom of the Opera is something everyone should not miss!