HOUSTON, TX-- Andrew Lloyd Webber's phantom has had a face lift. British producer Cameron Mackintosh has reimagined "The Phantom of the Opera," and the Hobby Center has brought that new production to town.
"It's supposed to have a little bit darker feel, a little more realistic feel," says stage manager Jovon Shuck, " It also moves a little bit faster." The new version also features an update in the technology used, which means better effects and sound and an all-new chandelier. "It really is one of the stars of our show," says Shuck.
Talented singer Chris Mann, who competed on "The Voice" three years ago, plays the Phantom this time out. He says he was looking to get back onstage, not doing concerts, but in a different way. "I'm a child of the '80s, so automatically I know Phantom very well and love it as a theater kid and as a musician. It's been the show at the top of my list." Mann describes his Phantom as 'stronger', 'more angry,' with 'a bigger chip on his shoulder' than we've previously seen.
The brand new production of "Phantom" plays at Hobby Center through November 29.