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The Phantom of the Opera @ Birmingham Hippodrome 2013

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night
Multi-award winning Phantom of the Opera heads to Birmingham with high expectations.

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The Phantom with his beloved Christine

Not only has this 25th Anniversary Tour already picked up an award for "Favourite Touring Show" at TheatrePeople.com, it is also one of the most loved and iconic of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, and the longest running show on Broadway.

Extra dates have already been added to its eight-week run at Birmingham Hippodrome, the final stop for this huge Cameron Mackintosh production. Excitement, it seems, is overflowing.

This new production promises something slightly different with a new fresh design and "breathtaking" special effects. But the timeless songs are still the same with a score including The Music of the Night, Think of Me, Masquerade, All I Ask Of You and the title song, The Phantom of the Opera.

Phantom of the Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome
The iconic Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show on Broadway

The story follows the deformed mysterious character, The Phantom, who lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. Falling in love with chorus singer Christine, he tutors her to success while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles.

But when Christine is reunited and falls in love with her childhood sweetheart Raoul, a jealous Phantom takes drastic actions to try and keep Christine for himself.

Phantom of the Opera, Birmingham Hippodrome
The music of the night stirs passions in The Phantom of the Opera

Earl Carpenter stars as 'The Phantom', eight years after he first took on the principal role.

While Katie Hall plays the object of the Phantom's affections, soprano Christine. Her face may seem familiar as she was a boot camp contestant on BBC1 singing show, I'd Do Anything, when she was vying to become Nancy in a production of Oliver! in front of Lloyd Webber. She was also a final round contender for Lloyd Webber's search for the Eurovision entry, in Your Country Needs You on BBC1.

The Phantom of the Opera will be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome from March 13, 2013 to May 4, 2013.
Tickets cost £22-£60 from 0844 338 5000 or www.birminghamhippodrome.com

For more information about The Phantom of the Opera tour visit website www.thephantomoftheoperatour.com
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Why? See one of the most iconic musicals of all time
When: March 13 to May 4, 2013
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: £22 to £60
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