At Academy of Music, it's lights out during 'Phantom'

PHOTO: MATTHEW MURPHY Cooper Grodin stars as the Phantom and Julia Udine as Christine in "Phantom of the Opera." That is, when the lights are on.
PHOTO: MATTHEW MURPHY Cooper Grodin stars as the Phantom and Julia Udine as Christine in "Phantom of the Opera." That is, when the lights are on.
Posted: April 03, 2014

FOR AWHILE last night, hundreds of audience members were left in the dark during an April Fools' Day performance of "Phantom of the Opera."

The power outage was no prank.

The Academy of Music show on the national tour of the iconic musical was seven minutes in and about to start the musical number "Think of Me" when audience members heard a popping sound.

"And all the lights went out," said one attendee, who spoke with the Daily News from the show on her cellphone on condition of anonymity.

And that "legendary chandelier" raved about on the Academy of Music website? It went dark as well.

The audience member surmised that a generator switched on a few emergency lights shortly after. An employee came onstage with a flashlight, asking everyone to stay in their seats, she said.

The lights came on after about 15 minutes, and an Academy representative said they were "running tests" before resuming the show about 8:05 p.m.

PECO spokesman Greg Smore said the outage began at 7:39 p.m. because of an issue with an underground cable at 15th and Walnut streets. Seven other customers also were affected and PECO was trying to restore service.


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