Are you familiar with The Phantom of the Opera?
This year, I had no idea what to get Mr. Handsome for his birthday, but I wanted it to be special. I keep a list on my phone of gift ideas for him and other family members, and I had quite a few ideas for small presents in the $10-$15 range but nothing amazing.
For a while now, he has been wanting to see the live Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. He saw it (both live and in theaters) as a teenager and loved the music, but it’s been a while. His two youngest sisters went this spring while they were in New York City for a choir trip, and they have been talking about it ever since.
I read the book in French 10 years ago, and all I remember is that the plot was pretty odd. (That and my [very] animated French teacher’s dramatization of the work.) But Mr. Handsome assured me that you don’t go for the plot–you go for the music.
So when we heard that The Phantom of the Opera was coming to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in downtown Nashville, I knew it would be the perfect birthday present for Mr. Handsome.
The production was wonderful. The plot was a bit strange, as expected, but the music was fantastic, especially the theme song.
Have you seen it? If you have, you know about the massive chandelier hanging over the audience that “falls” in the middle of the musical. It doesn’t fall all the way, but let me just say that I am very glad we weren’t sitting directly under it.
We were a good distance away, and my heart still stopped. Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and a little more on edge, but if we had been sitting underneath, there’s a good chance I would have gone into cardiac arrest. I was expecting at least a few people to scream, but surprisingly, no one did. I must have been the only chicken in the theater.