The first time I saw The Phantom of the Opera I was around 10 years old. I was haunted by the delicious mystery of the Phantom and when I started taking musical theater singing lessons at age 8, I begged my singing teacher, the late, great Broadway legend and composer Fred Silver to let me sing “The Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You.” He let me sing those songs and I got so excited over hitting the high notes in “All I Ask of You,” I tripped and slammed into the wall next to his piano and shattered his clock. It wasn’t quite the famous Phantom chandelier scene, but I made a scene all my own. Over my life, I have seen The Phantom of The Opera at least four times in both New York and Florida. But each time I find myself face-to-face with this elusive Broadway star, I find myself always wanting one more encounter with him.
He’s fabulously misunderstood and this time, he’s back and bigger and better than ever. The chandelier in this production would make Liberace weep with envy. The Phantom of the Opera is playing at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Nov. 30 in Fort Lauderdale. Visit BrowardCenter.org for ticket information and details on other exciting shows coming to that theater.