Was lucky enough to see POTO on Broadway last year. Amazing show! Good and bad points in the Grand Canal show to be sure, but still think it's worth a view.
Same here... decided not to see it in the Grand Canal just incase it tarnished my memory of it
Put off going to see it after having seen it in London the past two Summers, but after hearing reviews on the radio of people saying 'better than the west end show', I was intrigued But then looked up tickets and all the cheapest options were booked out for the remaining shows, so won't be getting to see it. Pity the price range is so high, seeing as I've gotten to see it on the west end on both occasions for cheaper prices than offered in Dublin.
Definitely not better than the West End show, but if you go to see it realising that it is a touring production you probably will be impressed. On tours they have to make sure things work for any stage and theatre and because the run in any given place is short there will be a few issues - here the sound balance isn't great. In the West End it is always in the same theatre so they have had a long time to perfect it, so of course it will be better polished. But if you can see past that then this production is well worth seeing.
Finally got watching this last night. The new sets are amazing though why no staircase in Masquerade? Those mirrors in the background looked a bit naff. Why no elephant in Hannibal? And not much use made of the gondola. Also the Phantom's entrances and exits, which are so dramatic in the London show were missing here. And the chandelier didn't do anything other than lowering a bit at the beginning and letting off a few pyrotechnics. The chandelier falling is really important, it was up high, surely they could have dropped it a bit? But other than that I found it totally underwhelming compared to the London production.
John Owen Jones was as usual very good but looked and sounded tired last night. Olivia was great as Christine and was pleased she was on as I've seen Katie before a few times.
I hated the Carlotta, thought she was awful. Her acting and voice too weak for the role. I also didn't like Simon Bailey's Raoul or the Andre/Fermin pairing.
The Meg and Madame Giry were OK.
The sound also wasn't great some of the time and the Grand Canal Theatre is just so big that the intimacy that you get in Her Majesty's was completely lost.
Was glad I went but wouldn't go see this touring version again.
Woudl you be able to advise what time the show starts at - tickets mention 19:30, however hoping for dinner in town beforehand, so possibly cutting it a bit fine if show starts at that time.
On Saturday it was nearly 10 minutes late starting, and even then people were arriving late!
Was there Sat too, enjoyed the show but never saw it in England. Agree with the Lord about the sound.
As was pointed out the travelling show wil lnever be as sharp as the English one, it was the same as We Will Rock You when it toured here.
Don't stay in the Pearse Hotel, it's a Kip Booked a non smoking room and was given a smoking one that smelt like an old ashtray. Staff were not nice when we complained but in fairness eventually moved us to another better room.
By the way, Good review Darklord..
I saw it Thursday night and I was so amazed. John Owen-Jones is incredible and I had the joy of watching Leigh-Rhianon Coggins play Christine (I hate wanted to see Katie Hall but Leigh knocked it out of the park!) She's has a fab voice and such intense stage presence! She's wasted as an understudy!
The sets where mindblowing too (especially those floating candles and steps) I love how they helped the scenes flow! There's nothing worse then a jolty performance.
Now I have to go to the West End and see it there just for the experience! It'd be nice to see our own Killian Donnelly as Raoul in London too!
Thanks. Though there were loads more things I both liked and disliked about the touring production. I really liked the descent into the Phantom's layer and the steps appearing and disappearing, but the wires hanging onto them were easily visible. The candles descending from the top as they enter the Phantom's layer were really beautiful. The revolve is a great idea and works really well. The office scenes looked a lot better too than in London. Il Muto looked very similar to London as did "Past the Point of No Return".
The Phantom's final disappearance was impressive but I still prefer the original way of using the chair.
Masquerade was very disappointing. It's my favourite track but it looked a bit sad without the staircase and so fewer dancers. The drama of when the Phantom grabs Christine's chains was lost as he just walks off rather than vanishing.
Also, I'd have loved if they kept the hanging ornament thing that descends just before the roof scene with Christine and Raoul towards the end of act 1, and then the Phantom crawls out of it above the audience. So dramatic and effective. 3 naked statues with the Phantom hiding behind them just doesn't have much effect!
As for the chandelier, it's such a disappointment that it doesn't fall or really do anything at all other than emit a few pyrotechnics and bangs. It's so central to the Phantom carrying out his disaster.
I really was so disappointed with Carlotta. Both vocally and acting. She had no stage presence at all and Carlotta is meant to dominate the stage as the diva.
I was with a friend & it was her first time seeing it and she thought it was amazing so I was happy about that. I think if you haven't seen it in London, you'd be far more likely to find this version amazing. But everything about seeing it in Her Majesty's is perfection. Yes, some of the sets are a bit dated there, but the sounds, the smells, the sudden appearances and disappearances, the tingles you get down the spine - all those were missing in the touring production.
It's very rare for Leigh Rhianon Coggins to be on as Christine, I think she's only ever played it once or twice before. Olivia was very good, was impressed with both her "Think Of Me" and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again".
Not sure if you know but Killian leaves the London show in early September. He's a fantastic Raoul, so too is his understudy Nadim who plays one of the best Raouls I've ever seen (and is also leaving).
I think some of the critical remarks from d@rk l0rd should be somewhat mitigated by two things. The first is that, having seen the show in London twice previously, I would say that I spotted a lot of problems the second time round because I had got past the awe that a first viewing engenders. As you get to know the production you will spot mistakes/problems and have preferences based on previous experience, so you are more likely to take issue with things.
The second factor is that some of the things that changed such as the change in the disappearance of the Phantom in the final scene and the reduction in the use of the gondola may be partially due to the restrictions of the various theatres, so I would be a bit careful to be too critical. Also as the Phantom is (among other things) a magician and illusionist, they probably want to change things up a bit to keep the air of mystery for the regular patrons.
Agree with you! Finally got to see it last night and I was really very disappointed with the miming. Was very disappointed with the chandelier moment too.
I have to say the audience directly around me were awful too. One girl in front kept looking at her phone and the teenagers to our right just kept talking. I think I would've enjoyed it more but those people kept pulling me out of it. Air conditioning was blasting really noisily throughout also. The cast were great but all these other things just took away from it.
I guess I'll just have to go back to London to see it again.
Unfortunately in a venue the size of the Grand Canal Theatre you're always going to get these sorts of issues.
With a crowd of 2,000 there will always be at least one on a mobile, a phone ringing, people arriving late (even when the show is 10 minutes late starting) and one thing I find quite unique about going to the GCT compared to theatres in London - the amount of people getting up and going to the toilet mid-performance!