June 19, 2019

Pantages Sets ‘Phantom,’ ‘Miss Saigon’ for Summer Runs

The Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Photo courtesy by Hollywood Pantages.

Two of Broadway’s most popular musicals are headed to Los Angeles this summer when the national tours of “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Miss Saigon” play at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for one month each.

“Phantom,” about a Parisian opera singer who becomes the obsession of the shadowy title character, will run June 6-July 7. “Miss Saigon,” which plays July 16-Aug. 11 follows a doomed romance between a U.S. Marine and a Vietnamese bar girl during the Vietnam War.

“‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Miss Saigon’ are titles that many theatergoers have been familiar with for decades now, but these new productions give audiences a new lens through which to experience these stories,” associate director Seth Sklar-Heyn said. “Whether it’s the ornate detail of the Paris Opera house in ‘Phantom’ or the humid, chaotic streets around the American Embassy in Saigon, I think audiences will appreciate the impact of the detailed physical worlds we deliver onstage. Both productions depend on spectacular designs that support and frame the characters in wonderfully dimensional ways. We want audiences to be immersed in the action and feel a part of the story they are witnessing.”

Debuting on Broadway in 1986 and 1991 respectively, “Phantom,” composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, won seven Tony Awards including best musical, and “Miss Saigon,” which is loosely based on Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly,” earned three Tonys.

“The shows have been refreshed in ways and, as a result, allowed the opportunity to showcase a different style and energy in performance and design,” Sklar-Heyn said. “For both productions, the music is the foundation on which our stories unfold. It is these sweeping scores, with their dynamic orchestrations, that make these shows so timeless.”