This production at the Venetian, known as Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular, is one of the best shows ever to hit Vegas. The brand new theater at the Venetian Hotel was custom built for this production at a cost of $40 million, allowing for a seamless integration of the show’s incredible set pieces (like the falling chandelier) and making it about the best place to see the show anywhere.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart’s Phantom of the Opera first opened in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988. Since then, it has become one of the most popular musicals of all time and the longest running musical in Broadway history.
The Las Vegas version of the show has seen a few changes and enhancements to the already spectacular Broadway and London versions. For one thing, the show was trimmed a bit and the intermission removed. most of the cuts involved dialogue rather than any of the songs, all of which remain in the show.
In addition, even more spectacular special effects have been included and aspects of the show were incorporated into the design of the new theater. The theater itself is like an extension of the show and was built to look like Paris’s Opera Garnier. And the chandelier above the theater seats, which becomes part of the plot of the show, is absolutely spectacular. It cost $4.5 million to make and includes almost 30,000 crystals.
During the beginning of the show, several separate pieces of the chandelier come together before the audience’s eyes, and during the show itself, the chandelier falls. Without giving away too much, I’ll just say that it is a completely startling moment in which the audience itself becomes part of the show.
This is a wonderful production and a must see show for any theater liver visiting Las Vegas. Even if you have seen phantom before, you will want to see this version for the new effects and the incredible integration with the theater.