'Darker' take on Phantom classic opens US tour

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The curtain has gone up on a reimagined production of "The Phantom of the Opera," the longest-running show on Broadway.

The show opened its U.S. tour Wednesday in Providence with a new set, choreography and scenic design. The new version will be the first U.S. tour of "Phantom" in three years.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh said the aim was not to completely overhaul the original but rather recast some of its best moments in a different way. Mark Campbell, who plays the Phantom, calls the new version edgier and darker.

The show, with music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been seen by over 130 million people in 30 countries and grossed over $5.6 billion worldwide.

Twelve other cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston, have been announced.

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