It's over, the music of the night....
I've been privileged to see the amazing new production on tour 20 times between March 2012 and May 2013 in eight cities.
I began my journey with apprehension down to Plymouth when seeing it for the first time last March. This was during the previews so I it was easier to be so influenced and just heard personal opinions from those who saw it during the first few days. I know it was very different to the Brilliant Original and I was encouraged to expect the unexpected. I learnt it is important not to compare both the new production with the original one. I had to confess I was comparing my default both productions when I saw the London production a few days later! Not a good idea! Both productions are unique and each has its strengths and creativity towards this incredible love story!
I still yet wasn't sure what I really thought of the production and I was pleased I had booked to see the production again in Manchester. I was able to consolidate my thoughts and opinions when I saw two performances at the city's Palace Theatre. It was then the production finally began to grow on me and I was able to appreciate the strong performing cast and the very talented creative team.
I was confident I wanted to see the production again and again! So I was glad I booked more tickets fro Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Liverpool. Later on in the year I decided to book tickets for Birmingham including the very last performance on the tour.
See Phantom on tour had gave me an opportunity to see more of the UK and to visit cities I haven't been to before such as Cardiff and appreciating more some of the cities on the tour especially Birmingham. The tour gave me an opportunity to meet up with fellow phantom fans, friends and acquaintances and I also got to know the cast well from many stage door visits.
There were some emotive and dramatic moments such as John Owen Jones's last performances as Phantom in Edinburgh and to the very last performance in Birmingham where the cast has a great send off! I remember when things didn't go exactly to place but you do notice it more when you have seen the production so many times. I remember the evacuation during one evening performance at Leeds last September. Still it was decent for the company to continue with the rest of the show and friends were concerned and entertained with the photo of John Owen Jones posing as 'Phantom' by the fire engine!