This is where we are tonight!
2nd Man surprised me with tickets. I'm sort of a musical theater geek and while I've seen Phantom of the Opera before, it was in Los Angeles, back in the 90's.
|Photo courtesy of Houston Broadway|
This is a sort of remastered version...same music but all new production, sets, lighting, costumes, etc. It's making a national tour and stopping in Houston for only a couple of weeks. It actually ends this Sunday.
When 2nd Man bought the tickets, he thought we'd already be living downtown in our apartment and could just hop over on the local metro rail. But oh well, we're not far away, we do have to park and I hate looking for parking in places like this but hopefully it won't be too bad.
One of my dearest friends in the world, Alison (she comments frequently) was the roommate of another dear friend of ours, Laurie, who passed away unexpectedly a few years ago. Poor Alison, she had many a night where she went to bed in her room while Laurie and I sang musicals in the living room, (including Phantom of the Opera) until all hours of the morning. I'm sure she'll be along in spirit tonight. 2nd Man said he's going to make sure I don't start singing along with the production...certainly don't want to create a "scene", LOL.
We are only three rows back, orchestra level. It will be a night to remember!
Music of the Night
Nightime sharpens, heightens each sensation.
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination.
Silently the senses abandon their defenses.
Slowly, gently, night unfurls it's splendor.
Grasp it, sense it tremulous and tender.
Turn your face away from the garish light of day.
Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light, and listen to the music of the night.
Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams, purge your thoughts of the life you knew before.
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar.
And you'll live, as you've never lived before.
Softly, deftly, music shall caresss you.
Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you.
Open up your mind, let your fantisies unwind,
in this darkness that you know you cannot fight.
The darkness of the music of the night.
Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world, leave all thoughts of the life you knew before.
Let your soul take you where you long to be.
Only then can you belong to me.
Floating, falling, sweet intoxication.
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation.
Let the dream begin,
let your darker side give in, to the power of the music that I write.
The power of the music of the night.
You alone can make my song take flight.
Help me make the music of the night.
Here are a couple of pics (just got home, about 11:30pm). They don't allow pics during the show, of course, but during intermission we could snap photos.
We were only three rows back...the orchestra pit was just right in front of that seat in front of me.
...and right under the chandelier that of course plays a major role in the production...when it 'explodes' and crashes down, pieces of the fake glass (clear rubber) and glitter rained down on us, it was SO awesome!
Oh, and the production was "SOLD OUT", but oddly there was an empty seat next to me. A single seat. I'm sure the person just couldn't make it for whatever reason but to me, it felt like Laurie was there with us and she had her own seat.