While we were in Dubai a few days ago, we went to see a musical called “The Three Phantoms“, at the Centre Point theatre in the Mall of the Emirates. The musical of part of the 2011/2011 DUCTAC season.
The musical is about the amazing music of the different play versions of “The Phantom”, but mostly Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” successful version that has been playing in both Broadway and the West End for more than 25 years.
The music and songs and standards were more than amazing, it’s exactly what you would expect from a highly successful West End or a Broadway show. This was not an amateur performance, but rather felt more like a private VIP show of the best musical Theatre actors in the world.
- The three actors have previously played the real Phantom in Andrew lloyd Weber’s London show, and have clocked more than 6,000 performances between the three of them.
- The actress has just finished playing Christine, the Phantom’s love interest, after doing so for the past two years in Weber’s London show.
- The Musician who played all of the music for us was the same one Musical Director of Weber’s London play, for more than three years.
We weren’t allowed to take photos, but I managed to get a sneak at the curtains, before the show starts. I also noticed that one of the chairs in the theatre was donated by none other than our local Kuwait Food Company (Americana). That made me feel sad to realize that Kuwaiti companies do actually know how to support arts of international standards, but are too selfish to do that in Kuwait.
Check out the Golden Piano. It was the star of the night. And for once, I’m not going to make fun of Dubai’s superficial fascination with gold. This night was Gold, the beautiful performances deserved the Gold Piano.
This was my first time at this kind of event in Dubai. But from what I’ve seen this night, I’m always going to check out performances and book tickets every time I’m in Dubai again.
Tickets were between Dh 120-250, which is basically KD 10-20 for both a top notch theatre and performance. Maybe now you can understand why I was complaining about the KD 75 Abracadabra magic show that’s coming to the Skating Rink next weekend.