Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera will be haunting theaters for many, many years to come. It's been two decades since the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, based on the Gaston Leroux novel, astonished nay-saying critics by winning multiple awards and going on to become one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. And Phantom doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. The story is melodrama at its finest. A disfigured man dons a mask and runs around the basement of an old opera house in Paris, falling in love with an innocent chorine and swearing vengeance on anyone who gets in the way of his winning her heart. It's all set to swoony tunes like "Think of Me," "The Music of the Night" and, of course, "The Phantom of the Opera." 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through August 2. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-629-3700 or visit $25 to $75.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 8. Continues through Aug. 2, 2009
KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Lee Williams