The Phantom of the Opera Comes to the Fox
Atlanta Actor Returns to Appear on Stage

By Marci Miller

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom Of The Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

This Phantom features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

At the center of the story is a love triangle between opera singer Christine Daae, the mad genius Phantom that lives in the opera house and Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny. Raoul and Christine were childhood sweethearts before her father died. When Raoul attends a gala, he hears Christine’s voice and falls in love with her again. He fights the Phantom for Christine’s affections.

We recently spoke to Jordan Craig who portrays Raoul in this new production which will be at The Fox Theatre this February 22 through March 5. Jordan spent several years in the Atlanta theatre scene and his first role out of college was the lead in “Spring Awakening” at Actor’s Express. He then went on to appear at numerous shows at that company along with the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta’s Lyric Theatre. He raves about Atlanta’s theatre community and says that “everybody lifts everybody up!” After leaving Atlanta, he went on to New York City and felt that New York lacked the “character, comradery and integrity” of Atlanta. Despite all the work that Jordan did in Atlanta theatre, his role in Phantom will be his first time appearing in a production at The Fox Theatre and he can’t wait to make his debut at the historic theatre.

Jordan says being part of The Phantom of the Opera is “like Christmas” every day. The show is just so iconic and he is excited for audiences to see the fresh take on the show and says the production is visually amazing. It’s the Phantom we all know and love but it comes at us with an original, realistic approach. There is a sense of heightened paranoia as those in the opera house know someone who works with them is doing all these mysterious things, but who amongst them is it?

About the sets, Jordan says they are gigantic. The main set is comprised of a large cylinder that rotates and transforms into the Opera House, manager’s office, the Phantom’s lair, masquerade ballroom and more. The chandelier comes complete with pyrotechnics and is comprised of 3,000 gems.

When asked about his favorite scene of the show, Jordan says there is a moment where at the end where Raul and Christine witness the Phantom having a private moment. The Phantom does not know that they are there, watching him having this tender moment. It is then they realize that there is goodness in every person. And when asked why the show has endured for so long, he believes that like many other great works of art, it’s not political and doesn’t lecture. It’s a timeless story that elicits a tidal wave of emotions include joy, love and yearning.

Phantom of the opera will run through February 22 – March 5 at The Fox Theatre. For more information please visit, foxTheatre.org/Phantom

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