Attention, Phantom of the Opera lovers: Prepare to fall in love all over again. Cameron Mackintosh has redesigned Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical, which for the next month is receiving its North American premiere at the Academy of Music.
Actually, remake more accurately describes what he has conceived here. Phantom, now almost 30 years old, needed to catch up with the times, particularly with advances in stagecraft.
Accordingly, the sets (now by Paul Brown) received the biggest change. A giant, rotating tower of brick and ballast rolls across the set. Serving as the back wall of the Paris Opera House, it also enables the Phantom (Cooper Grodin) to abduct Christine (Voorhees' own Julia Udine) and flee down a set of rapidly appearing and disappearing stairs, giving concrete pause to his line "and though you turn from me to glance behind."