Monday, June 30, 2008
Phantom – The Vegas Spectacular (The Venetian) – 6/30/08
I then went to Las Vegas for a few days, where I caught some mind-boggingly spectacular stuff. First up was the $40 million souped-up, abbreviated production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "The Phantom of the Opera" (6/30/08) at the Venetian. I've seen "Phantom seven times now, and this was the most enjoyable experience of them all. It's a show built on spectacle, and the Vegas version is an eye-popping, nicely performed machine. It's been trimmed for the better: the show runs a furious 95 minutes versus the 2.5 hours of the original, which dragged in certain spots in Act II.