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★★★☆☆

“Opening night of Phantom in Cardiff - Hope it improves”

Written on: 06/12/2012

Got completely lost to begin with. Make the most of the early sight of the chandelier - it's all you get. The new set is eerie and very dark. I realise that it is difficult to change an accepted format, but for those who have seen the original show, this is disappointing. Christine is brilliant. However, (I know this isn't important in a musical), Raoul is too short and not very convincing as Christine's partner. First night, I know, but the Phantom is not nearly frightening enough; something to do with his stance, I think - he did not command the stage. The girl in front of me said she thought he looked like 'one of those old guys in The Muppets' when he was revealed. That said, the music is wonderful, the sound effects very good and the Millennium Centre is great.