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??
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.
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.
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.