‘Phantom’ fans unite to celebrate show

There’s something about “Phantom of the Opera” that keeps people coming back to see it again and again. The show has played all over the world, is Broadway’s longest-running production, is still performing in London after 22 years and was even turned into a hit musical film in 2004.

Maybe it’s the stunning costumes or the elaborate sets. Maybe it’s the haunting music or the dramatic love story. Whatever it is that makes the show so popular, “Phantom” has legions of devoted fans and now those fans have the chance to gather in Las Vegas to meet other fans, learn some of the inside secrets of the production, meet the cast and see their favorite show again and again.

Learn how the Phantom's maekup is applied during Phantom Fans Week at the Venetian. *Photo by Jacob Andrzejczak

Learn how the Phantom's makeup is applied during Phantom Fans Week at the Venetian. *Photo by Jacob Andrzejczak

“Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” and the Venetian hotel will host the first-ever Phantom Fans Week Sept. 16 – 20 to celebrate all things “Phantom.”

The week’s insider sessions will provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and opportunities to meet cast members, including Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello who plays the Phantom. In other sessions, fans can hear about how the Opera Garnier was recreated specifically for the Venetian showroom and learn about how the one-ton, 15 foot-wide, 16 foot-tall chandelier works.

Other highlights of the fan week include a masquerade ball welcome party, which will be held in St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian; a chance for two lucky fans to be transformed into the Phantom and Christine; and a keynote address by famed director and 21-time Tony Award winner Hal Prince, who helped turn the original show into the 95-minute “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular.”

There will also be special add-on events, such as dinner with Executive Producer Scott Zeiger at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Restaurant or the farewell brunch at Bouchon restaurant

“Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular”can be seen at 7 p.m. Mon. – Sat., with additional 9:30 p.m. shows Mon. and Sat.

Stay tuned to the blogs – we’ll be covering some of the sessions from the Phantom Fans Week and will bring you all of the inside scoop.


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