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Downtown Fort Worth is Haunted by The Phantom of the Opera

Oct 25, 2016 10:08AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Photos by Matthew Murphy

By Tracie Maunders

When I heard The Phantom of the Opera was playing at the Bass Performance Hall, I knew I had to see it—it’s my all-time favorite Broadway show. I’d never seen this new production by Cameron Mackintosh, but I heard it was spectacular. This was my first time at this venue, and it’s a truly beautiful place filled with ornate details throughout. The Hall has 2,042 seats and every seat has an amazing view of the stage. When I took my seat, which was orchestra center, I couldn’t help but notice the beautifully painted dome above—just one more detail that really sets the Bass Performance Hall apart from others.

I’ve seen Phantom several times in different cities, including Vegas where a venue was built specifically for the show, and I was looking forward to seeing the differences between this production and the original. Once it was time for the show to begin, I had such excitement as there are a few times throughout that always send chills up my spine—the chandelier moment in particular. (If you’ve seen this show before, you know exactly what I am talking about.) In this new production, you can expect to see new set designs, painted illustrations and special effects. However, the music you’ve come to know and love is still the same.

If you’re a long-time fan like me, you’ll notice the differences from the original, and if you’ve never seen it before, you’ll no doubt leave a fan. One of the coolest parts is that you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to The Phantom’s opera house. I don’t want to give too much away but, it’s fun to be able to see it with a fresh pair of eyes. I can tell you that the infamous chandelier has had a bit of a redesign and while the haunting music that accompanies it has not changed, the way it appears to the audience has. A few other areas that differ from the original are the “Masquerade” number, the stairs that lead Christine and The Phantom down to his lair (watch for a cool special effect) and even the ending has a subtle difference.

I was impressed with this cast as a whole, but I can’t say enough good things about Derrick Davis, who plays The Phantom for the first time in his career. I was lucky to see the original Phantom, Michael Crawford, when my parents took me to see it for the first time when I was younger. I was captivated to say the least. Since Michael, Derrick is by far the best Phantom I have ever heard and he portrayed the character so hauntingly well! He gave the most amazing vocal performance of the night. I couldn’t wait for him to reappear, and luckily enough, he has more stage time with this new production. He alone is worth the price of admission!

The Phantom of the Opera is in town through October 30. I highly recommend seeing it! Visit to purchase tickets. If you’d like to enjoy a meal prior to the show, the venue has light bites and beverages available for purchase, but there are also a few nearby dining options, like The Cheesecake Factory directly across the street or GRACE.

Did you see the show? Share your thoughts in the comments below!