Couldn't find a thread that was just for the West End production but wanted to post about seeing this on Saturday night.
As you can probably tell it is one of my favourite shows and the London production really is the brilliant original. It was great to see it after seeing the tour several times. The tour is great, but it's not the original production.
The cast at the moment are so good, that it really is at its best. The only exception being Marcus Lovett. I was excited when they announced that he was going to play the role and I really wanted to love it (bad pun intended) but his voice is just completely shot. His acting is great, and up there with some wonderful Phantoms but when you don't have the vocal power to support that it's a difficult performance to watch. I know he is an older Phantom and has been in the business for a long time, but he now has very little control over his voice so is very warbly. He just about gets away with it in his lower register but when he goes for the high notes he's very hit and miss (a couple of the top A flats were not even A flats). This was a shame as, like I said, I was really excited to see him in the role. His acting was great except for when singing "an eternity of this before you eyes", he pulled a really weird face that made some audience members laugh. Making audience members laugh is not really an option in that scene and I find it unacceptable. It makes me wonder how Marcus got this job. He seems like a lovely man and everything but there are actors in this country who could actually sing the role properly.
I was fortunate enough to see Anna O'Byrne as Christine. WOW. This is the third time I've been to see the show whilst Sofia has been in it and it's the third time Sofia hasn't been there. Not that I'm bothered because it's hard to imagine her being better than the perfection that is Anna O'Byrne. Incredible acting, incredible singing and right up there alongside Katy Treharne as my favourite Christine.
Despite Marcus' shortcomings it was still a great night at one of London's best shows (special mention to the orchestra which is, perhaps, the best orchestra in London) but if it had been John Owen-Jones as The Phantom it would have been perfection.
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