I fell in love with two musicals in my young adolescence– RENT and The Phantom of the Opera. The former allowed me to terrify my dad every time I belted “La Vie Boheme” in the car (at six years old??), but he introduced me to the latter after he watched the Broadway version and fell in love with it. Some 15 years later and I’m still listening to The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack at least thrice a year as I rotate through my collection of beloved soundtrack albums and last night, I got to see the musical live! A touring company brought a new production of The Phantom of the Opera to Blaisdell, which excited me and my entire family. The last Broadway play I saw was Les Miserables in 2015 (where I obviously died because I live for Eponine), but the most recent touring musical we watched was Hamilton in San Francisco (my second favorite ever). I was ecstatic to see Phantom because the music is phenomenal and I remember deeply appreciating the devastating love story at a young age (probably where I discovered my love for the misunderstood and from where most of my bad judgments arose!!). I still maintain my opinion that I’ll never get married unless the person I’m with proposes by singing “All I Ask of You” in a duet with me. Can you imagine? The entire company in the touring Phantom was outstanding to the point where I cried during every single piece (as expected). “Think of Me” was one of the best renditions I’ve ever heard and the set changes during “The Phantom of the Opera” were mind blowing. I cried, I sang along, I cheered when the chandelier finally dropped, and I was completely blow away from start to finish. My experience watching The Phantom of the Opera, despite it not being on Broadway, was more than I could ever ask for and I’m so thankful to have witnessed such incredible talent!