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'The Phantom Of The Opera' inhabits the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis in Sept. 2014

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine
Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine
Photo by Matthew Murphy

A much anticipated Broadway stage play comes to the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee Sept. 24 and runs through Oct. 5, 2014. Andrew Lloyd Webber's, "The Phantom Of The Opera" will bring its ghastly tale to the theatre at a time when the the first leaves of fall begin to cover the landscape and the Halloween season is not far behind. What an appropriate time for this production!

Not only is the time appropriate, but the show is billed as "a spectacular new production by Cameron Mackintosh. It will be directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter and musical supervision by John Rigby.

This Memphis premiere engagement at the Orpheum is sure to please the audiences with all its new staging, scene design and a 52 member orchestra. The tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at Orpheum Theatre, The Orpheum Box Office (901) 525-3000, The Booksellers at Laurelwood and all Ticketmaster centers (901.743.ARTS). Ticket prices begin at $29.

Andrew Lloyd Webber says of the production, “It’s wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated over 25 years on Broadway. Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, ''After a glorious celebration of 25 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I'm delighted to be able to bring this dazzling new production of PHANTOM -- which has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics in the U.K this past year -- to North America. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the PHANTOM in his new guise -- for the first time or all over again.”

The shows synopsis reads, "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."

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit

The Orpheum Theatre is located at 203 S. Main Street, Memphis Tennessee 38103.

Show dates and times are:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:30 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:00 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:30 PM
Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:00 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:30 PM
Sunday, September 28, 2014 7:00 PM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:30 PM
Friday, October 3, 2014 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 4, 2014 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 4, 2014 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 5, 2014 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 5, 2014 7:00 PM

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