This past week, I have gone to see the Phantom not once……
The first time was last Sunday, I had an opportunity to go at the very last minute. So, an hour after I said yes, I was at the Opera House.
THE Detroit Opera House. I love that building.
But back to the opera….
The music is still rolling around in my head…
Steph also wanted to see it, so Thursday we went to a matinee….
And had the best seats in the house….first row, center balcony. Don’t know how we managed to get those seats since we showed up at the box office a half hour before the show. The lovely ticket person had the sweetest smile on her face when she sold us the tickets. I think she was secretly relishing our future delight with our seats. Thank you lovely ticket lady.
It was such a great show. And it was so nice to see it twice, taking in all the details….
I have a few phantom phacts to share with you:
-18 53-foot semi trucks and 2 42-foot semi trucks are needed to transport the show
-the Replica of the Paris Opera Chandelier weighs 1000 pounds, is 10 feet high and has 35,000 beads on it.
-The baroque proscenium that frames the show, and that you can partially see in the above photo has 25 sculptures in it, and weight 4 tons. It took 25 months to construct this.
-There is a life size replica of an elephant in the show
-There are 2700 yards of fabric in the Victorian style drapes
-230 costumes are worn by the 36 performers during the show
-Carlotta’s dress in the “Hannibal” scene weighs 35 pounds
-1440 hairpins are used each week (who counted these?)
-And, lastly, one pound of gel is used in the Phantom’s hair each week.
The production was rich in sights and sounds, I loved every minute of it.