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    Phantom in Las Vegas

    For those interested, here's the website for the new Phantom show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. I saw a billboard advertising the show on my drive from the westside to the El Capitan last week.

    According to the press release on the site, all of the songs will be in the show, and I've not heard what parts they're cutting out to shorten the show. The casting sounds pretty interesting, given the resumes of the people they've hired.

    According to the site, they're in previews now, so I'm interested in seeing the reviews when they officially open. I figure we will eventually see the show ourselves.

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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    Sounds awesome.

    I love Phantom.


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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    Im going to see phantom next month in calgary yay!
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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    ooo maybe the shorter Phantom won't put me to sleep...[smilie=1,45,20]
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    I'm so there. Awesome.
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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    Does is sound horrible that I just grimace at the thought of Broadway shows in Vegas???

    I just think that Broadway and Vegas shows are two distinct entities, each with their own great qualities, and one should not mix with the other.

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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyphile
    Does is sound horrible that I just grimace at the thought of Broadway shows in Vegas???

    I just think that Broadway and Vegas shows are two distinct entities, each with their own great qualities, and one should not mix with the other.
    This is true but i give them credit becuse they build the theater for this show and this show alone, So im intrested to see whats done and whats not, Meanwhile i havent seen the phantom production yet i get tog o for the first time next month front row baby thank goodness for my bestfreind buying the tickets neway vegas is more show girly i think so i dont know what to make of this
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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    If they are going to shorten Phantom of the Opera to a 90 minute one act, then why do they feel justified in charging the same price ($100) as the full version?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyphile
    Does is sound horrible that I just grimace at the thought of Broadway shows in Vegas???

    I just think that Broadway and Vegas shows are two distinct entities, each with their own great qualities, and one should not mix with the other.
    They've definitely had some serious problems with some shows. "Hairspray" is closing after a fairly short run (4 months?), and "We Will Rock You" lasted about a year (thought the show was ok, but I don't think it would have worked on Broadway either). But "Mamma Mia" has been at Mandalay Bay for 3 years now, and that show has done really well, and it's a really good production of the show as well. I think some people saw how well that show was doing and said, "hey, we could do that too", without taking into account that "Mamma Mia" is a very different phenomenon.

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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    I'm a little worried by the idea of shortening the show. Obviously they've figured out how to overcome some of the set re-dressing issues technologically, but nevertheless, I wonder what'll be missing and how that might affect the emotional impact of the show.

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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    I have mixed feelings on the matter. On one hand, it's my favorite show (hence the avatar) and I love any new developments for it. Brent Barrett is one of my favorite broadway actors with an absolutely heavenly voice and I know he'll do fabulously in the role.
    However (and it's a rather large however) I agree with Disneyphile's reservations about the idea of Broadway in Vegas in the first place. The whole venture is not motivated by love of the form, but by greed (although it could be argued that all of broadway is motivated by greed these days) because Vegas seems a virtual oasis of people who love spectacle and will pay top dollar for it. The recent failures of Hairspray and Avenue Q are something like a punch in the stomach to these millionaire producers who had believed that the potential for money in Vegas was limitless. But Phantom is more likely to be a success because of it's highly recognizable score and characters. Come on, even the most showtune-hating, theatre-despising person will recognize the opening chords of Phantom or has seen the iconic mask. And because it's been gauged that Vegas audiences do not have the patience to sit through an entire two and a half hour show (gasp!) I am also worried, like Morrigoon about what will be sacrificed in the name of keeping these people awake.
    I would love to see it, though it's doubtful that I will beings as Vegas is a bit far away and the thought of paying full Broadway prices (which are bad enough) for an hour and a half of even something I love as much as Phantom makes me feel a little ill.
    Sorry for the long rant, I'm rather passionate about the show and while part of me hopes it does well, another part hopes that all of these shows in Vegas go under so the entire fad can end already.


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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    It's a tough call whether Broadway in Vegas is a good idea or not. The town has thrived on spectacular shows for decades, but a Broadway play, no matter how fabulous, isn't burlesque.

    Mama Mia has done well. Shows that are built more around entertainment than a storyline seem to succeed. Hairspray and Avenue Q basically bombed. (OK... there's not much of a story to Ave. Q, but puppet sex was just a little too creepy even for the Vegas crowd!)

    Phantom has a powerful musical score that is well recognized by many. That just might carry it.

    The Producers and Spamalot are coming to Vegas also. I don't think that's such a good idea.

    The Jersey Boys might work, however.


    BTW: Regarding the editing of Phantom... it's a shame that it has to be done, but if anyone can do it right, Hal Prince can. This show is his baby and he's on scene in Las Vegas overseeing the production.
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    Re: Phantom in Las Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Chaney
    BTW: Regarding the editing of Phantom... it's a shame that it has to be done, but if anyone can do it right, Hal Prince can. This show is his baby and he's on scene in Las Vegas overseeing the production.
    Good point. Hal is up there with Sondheim as one of very few living gods of Broadway. I have a great amount of faith in his endeavors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Chaney
    Mama Mia has done well. Shows that are built more around entertainment than a storyline seem to succeed. Hairspray and Avenue Q basically bombed. (OK... there's not much of a story to Ave. Q, but puppet sex was just a little too creepy even for the Vegas crowd!)
    I'm going to disagree with the implication that "Mamma Mia" is more entertainment than storyline. The first time I saw the show, I was actually a little surprised that it's a musical with a complete story, just like any other you'd see - except that instead of original music, it uses the music of ABBA. That's one of the reasons I think the show does so well worldwide. If you're not familiar with ABBA, you can still enjoy the show as regular musical theatre. If you do like ABBA, it's just an added bonus. That was one of the problems I saw with "We Will Rock You". Unless you're a Queen nut, the show didn't really hold that much appeal, since it was basically a show to worship Queen. "Mamma Mia" has a much broader appeal, as evidenced every time I see the show with the incredibly diverse audience, ranging in ages and nationalities and fairly equally divided in gender. I would expect that the such diversity wouldn't be there for "Avenue Q", and I don't know enough about "Hairspray" to have an opinion there.

    "Phantom" has a similar universal appeal, so that's one advantage it has, and its recognizability will probably also help it as well. The only thing I'm not sure about is that "Phantom" obviously has a very different tone than "Mamma Mia". After seeing "Mamma Mia", you feel happy and peppy and probably interested in hitting the casino or having a meal or snack or something else. I'm not sure the same feelings arise after seeing "Phantom".

    Off the top of my head, I can actually see "The Lion King" doing quite well in Vegas because of its spectacle nature, its popularity and its potential for universal appeal.

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