Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal to see The Phantom of the Opera in HD, captured live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, at the State Theatre in New Brunswick on Saturday, September 22, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Choose between the following reserved-seating options:
- For $8, you get one ticket for orchestra-level seating (up to a $15 value, including all fees).
- For $8, you get one ticket for balcony-level seating (up to a $15 value, including all fees).
It's the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing musical institutions such as Les Misérables, Chicago, and Cats. It raked in seven Tony Awards, broke every financial record in the theater world, secured a knighthood for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and increased demand for creepy, half-finished masks. Those who've seen it at the Great White Way, London's West End, or during its countless worldwide tours crave the chance to bask in its beauty and bombast once again.
Saving fans the effort of renewing their passports, the State Theatre celebrates The Phantom of the Opera’s silver anniversary with a live, high-definition stream of the performance that will take place in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Sir Cameron Mackintosh's thriftless production of The Phantom fills every inch of the State Theatre's 46-foot screen with gothic, crystal-clear extravagance, immersing audiences in the candlelit world of 19th-century Paris. A large cast of elaborately costumed actors enact the tale of terror and doomed romance on herculean sets so expansive that Napoleon would try to conquer it out of force of habit.
Those who've sung Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting score in the shower know the story by heart. The Phantom, formerly a promising musician, suffers a horrible disfigurement. Now repugnant and overcome by sadness, the despondent anti-hero lurks about the opera house wearing his mask and terrorizing the company he once held dear. Upon seeing the company's dreamy new ingénue Christine, the Phantom falls helplessly in love, coaching and wooing her from the shadows until she becomes a singing sensation. As with most tragic romances, chandeliers fall and the body count rises.
In his longtime role as The Phantom, award-winning actor Ramin Karimloo sends goose bumps up the aisles with his powerful voice and enticing, yet menacing presence, and starlet Sierra Boggess shines in the role of Christine. The 25th production also spotlights more than 200 actors, musicians, and performers from past productions, including a special guest appearance by the original Phantom and Christine: thespians Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Favorite numbers such as "All I Ask of You" and "Prima Donna" sound astounding sung in their native English, and "Music of the Night" is bellowed by an army of fellow past phantoms.
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.