To Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End for a truly remarkable night. First a performance of The Phantom of the Opera itself with Ben Forster in the title role and Celine Shoenmaker as Christine. The show is a fresh as ever and continues to thrill with its brilliant theatricality and stirring music. If you haven’t seen it (and 140 million people worldwide have) then get yourself along!
Then to the icing on the cake – a special post-show show introduced by a video and then live onstage revealed from under dust sheets we find Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Former Christine Sierra Boggess sang with his Lordship at the piano. Michael Ball also performed opposite current Raoul Nadim Naaman.
A clutch of former phantoms were then joined by the current company and the original company for Masquerade. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Cameron Mackintosh steps forward, the ensemble parts and there is Michael Crawford. The audience went wild and gave him a much deserved standing ovation. The original phantom was joined by the creative team Gillian Lynne, Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe.