PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - This is a series of posts on the ongoing theme of my favorite musical, Phantom of the Opera. The material remains the same: with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, all based on LeFantome de L’opera by Gaston Leroux circa 1909. This is the story of Christine--reunited with her long-lost love Raul, thrust into a leading role--at the hand of her saboteur and vocal coach. It’s not the first time I’ve seen the musical at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. What’s different, you might ask? It really comes down to advancement in set design and technological innovation. Thanks to producer Cameron Mackintosh with well-known hits such as Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Cats. He has made the Paris Opera House and its subterranean labyrinth the star of this production (when it really should have been the Phantom or at least Christine). I don’t feel this Phantom was as strong as the previous version. There was a production glitch, which caused the house lights to come up with a 5 minute pause, between the theme and Music of the Night. The stall derailed the momentum. Still worth seeing? Yes! It is Phantom, after all.