Interview: Why You Should See 'Phantom of the Opera' When It Comes to Town

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Boasting new choreography, impressive technology and the much-loved story of a mysterious man, “The Phantom of the Opera” is bigger and bolder than ever during its stay at The Fox Theater from March 4-15.

ALIVE had a chance to talk with Edward Staudenmayer about his role as Monsieur André in this new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical.

"The Managers" David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin and Edward Staudenmayer  as Monsieur André. Photo by Matthew Murphy

“The Managers” David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin and Edward Staudenmayer as Monsieur André. Photo by Matthew Murphy

ALIVE: What’s unique about this version of “Phantom?”

Edward Staudenmayer: There’s brand-new technology, bold new design and little updates here and there throughout the show. It takes over 22 trucks to transport everything in the musical—it really is a spectacle!

This version is a bit darker, a bit grittier and a bit more intense than past shows. It’s still the same story, but with a bit of a modern touch.

ALIVE: Did you originally audition for the role of Monsieur André?

ES: I auditioned for the roles of either opera owner, and then ended up with André. It’s so funny because when I first saw the show, I was in high school and saw it on Broadway in New York City. My friend and I loved the owners and said we wanted to play their parts one day. Now, I’m actually doing it.

It’s great because, really, the whole story is told through their eyes. They are just these two regular guys who decide to go into business together, are excited about the opening of the opera and then find out that a mad, murderous music man is terrorizing their employees and business. You have to have some sympathy with them.

ALIVE: Why should people go see “The Phantom of the Opera” when it comes to town?

ES: I mean, it’s the biggest and the best in musical theater. It’s really bringing Broadway to the rest of the country—just enormous. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth with this production, too. The beauty, the wonderful story, the music and then all of the new features are all just spectacular.

Show-goers won’t want to miss the pyrotechnics and epic fall of the chandelier in this version either. Don’t miss it!

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