The Phantom Of The Opera Is Here, In Kuala Lumpur

Wishing you were somehow here again, Wishing you were somehow near…

I have always loved songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, from CATS to EVITA and of course, The Phantom Of The Opera.

Of course I couldn’t forget back when I was 17 years old and my piano teacher had me memorize all 7 pages of The Phantom Of The Opera piano piece and perform the song in front of other students and parents during our yearly concert. Yes, I puked from nervousness but well, that’s another story.

For now, I would like to talk about my experience watching The Phantom Of The Opera Musical that was held in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The musical show began on 15th June and will end on 7th July.

An Enjoyable “Prime” Musical Night With The Phantom Of The Opera

From the 15th of June I was trying to win some tickets to The Phantom Of The Opera by entering some contests I found online but sadly, luck was not on my side. By the second final week of the show, I knew I needed to purchase a ticket before the musical theatre closes its final curtain.

After much planning, I decided on a CAT A ticket and lucky me, I received 10% discount for purchasing through my MPH reader link – it pays to read, you know.

When I arrived at Istana Budaya only 10 minutes before 8.30pm, I noticed many dressed-up patrons in the building. Luckily I was neither overdressed nor underdressed and went straight to my seat.

I fell in love with the stairs the minute I stepped into Istana Budaya. Look at that photo above, how can a fan not fall in love??

Photo courtesy of Base Entertainment Malaysia

The first highlight of the night was the announcement of the arrival of Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and wife, the Patron of The Phantom Of The Opera, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah. Everyone in the Hall was surprised and we stood up (even though not asked to) to see both Tun’s coming in. Then, there was an announcement to stand up and sing Malaysia’s National Anthem, Negaraku (by this time, everyone has stood up because of Tun Mahathir), before the the show began.

And here we are, at Palais Garnier in France
Before the show begins

Oh gosh, I nearly cried. I memorised pretty much every word of the songs from The Phantom Of The Opera. I sang (softly, of course) along during “Think Of Me”, “Angel Of Music”, “Phantom Of The Opera”, “Music Of The Night”, “All I Ask Of You”, “Masquerade”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, “The Point Of No Return” and so many more.

Oh how I enjoyed the starting scene when the chandelier lighted up. I was captivated by the boat scene when The Phantom and Christine first went to the dungeon and the props were magnificent! I could feel the soft cool air on my cheeks during the rooftop scene and the scene at the cemetary was both beautiful and sweet.

I was just a little bummed that the actress who played Christine did not sing the last bars of “Think Of Me” in it’s Staccato form – or perhaps I was wrong?

Even after the show ended and I was on my bed at home, I couldn’t stop seeing the beautiful props in my mind and hear the music of the band and the voices of the actors and actresses.

My applause goes to each and every cast members of The Phantom Of The Opera in Istana Budaya last night but mostly to Meghan Picerno who plays Christine Daaé, Matt Leisy who plays Vicomte Raoul de Chagny and Jonathan Roxmouth who plays the “Angel Of Music” himself; The Phantom.

Also, big thank you to David Andrew Rogers for conducting the talented musicians from the world tour and Malaysia’s National Symphony Orchestra and bringing each of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s scores to life.

Oh, and thank you Husband for buying me the silk red rose too!

Tickets and Showtimes

There are only 3 more days left before The Phantom Of The Opera leaves Malaysia so if you’re a fan of musicals like me, you must definitely watch the show before the whole tour leaves our Malaysian shores.

You can purchase tickets online from Ticketcharge Malaysia or purchase the tickets directly at Istana Budaya. Ticket prices for 5th-7th July (Friday – Sunday) are as below:

  • Premium : RM680
  • CAT A : RM550
  • CAT B : RM450
  • CAT C : RM350
  • CAT D : RM250

Showtimes for Friday and Saturday is 8.30pm while Sunday is 2pm and 8.30pm. Only final FOUR SHOWS to go!

I wished I had more money to spend so that I can watch it again one final time on Sunday but alas, I decided to spend quite a bit of my money on the merchandises instead.

What use of going to a musical theatre if I did not get the programme book right? Anyways, I collect ALL programme books from ALL musicals that I go to. I also collect mugs from the shows (I have an entire shelf of those) or other souvenirs that I find interesting.

My haul for The Phantom Of The Opera souvenirs as above was RM215. The experience? Priceless.

18 thoughts on “The Phantom Of The Opera Is Here, In Kuala Lumpur

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    interesting to know of this, glad you sharing here as I have never been to opera. Shall let my friends to know too.

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    Wow tengok opera. Tak pernah lagi pegi opera. Macam bestnye. Tiket agak mahal jugak ye. Thanks sharing.

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    wow menarik juga dapat sesekali menonton opera ni. Kena pula dengan jalan cerita daripada The Phantom memang pasti akan dapat menarik lebih ramai yang akan akan datang. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    priceless!
    yes. lama juga aida x gi tgk teater.
    last time, masih belajar di gombak, team teater Uni ramai2 gi IB.
    perkara yg best = mahal = berbaloi.
    souvenirs? aida seorang yg x berkira when it comes to souvenirs sebab diri sendiri akan puas hati.

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    It was indeed a great show. Congrats to The Phantom Of The Opera! I had an enjoyable time there with my hubby too.

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    I remember reading this as a novel would have been lovely to be able to catch this live.

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    Alamak. Baru nak beli tiket , kata lagi 3 hari. Sekali tengok bulan 7 daa. Minat ni phantom of the opera. Selalu terbayang2 waktu sekolah bila baca buku. Creepy jugak. Layan film dia pun best jugak. Teater je tk sempat 😬

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    bestnya dapat tengok pementasan exclusive macam ni. teringin jugak nak tengok opera macam ni. tak berkesempatan lagi ni. hope one day.

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    wow. nmpk best ni. tak pernah mek masuk teater, tak pernah tahu macam mana diaorang berlakon but i bet mesti hebat lah sebab berlakon live.

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    Wow bestnya tengok opera. Sesekali melayan opera kan hehe. Harganya pun boleh tahan ye, mahal pun takpe yang penting berbaloi kan.

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    wow ! mesti best nie. teringin tengok pementasan secara langsung. dulu masa sekolah baca dorg punya novel je. memang menarik jalan cerita. keychain tu nampak cantik betul !!

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    Wow satu perembahan antarabangsa yang memang sangat dinantikan di Malaysia ni hehehe untung lah dapat pergi tengok hehehe kita kalau teater kat IB memang suka pergi tengok sebab bertaraf antarabangsa dan juga berkelasss…

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    Menariknya la..tak pernah tengok phantom opera ni tapi tau yg pementasan phantom of opera ni memang best

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    Tengok tiket dia memang agak mahal tapi pengalaman dan kenangan tu lagi tak ternilai. Dengan props yg cantik, nyanyian yg merdu, berbaloi setiap sen yang dilabur.

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    Woowww.. Tak sangka sis tgk Phantom the opera. My boss siap craving masa nie nak pegi.. Dia ckp peluang terbaik, kalu tak kena tgk kat London.. Jadi dah alang2 ada kat Malaysia, dia nak pegi.. AM xdpt join tgk masa tue sbb AM demam.. Padahal boss dah ready nak belikan AM tiket dah.. 😭😭😭

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    Cantik sangat tangga Istana Budaya bila diorang paint poster The Phantom Of The Opera. I’m a fan jugak since high school. Memang pengalaman berharga sangat dapat tengok depan mata. Even the souvenirs looks exclusive.

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    lama dah tak gi teater ni… last gi tngok teater rasa masa sekolah nengah dulu! mak aiii lama bebenor dh tu.. mmg best sgt kalau tonton teater depan2.. lg2 kalau kat tempat yg mcm gini… sweet memories

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