"The Phantom of the Opera," the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that has entertained multitudes of Chicagoans over the last two decades, is returning to Chicago.
Although an endeavor of the original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, this is not the original Hal Prince production, which still plays on Broadway and in London's West End. It's a new, "reimagined" touring version directed by Laurence Connor, the same director responsible for the "reimagined" "Les Miserables," which was a critical and popular hit in Chicago last fall and now is headed for Broadway.
The scenic design is new (it's by Paul Brown), but the famous original costume designs by the late Maria Bjornson have been retained. This new production already has toured Britain.
"The Phantom of the Opera" has announced a six-week engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., from Jan. 22 to March 2, 2014. Single tickets are not yet on sale.