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IOWA PREMIERE OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S 'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA' RESCHEDULED



Premiere Engagement of International Award-Winning Musical,
           Directed by Harold Prince, Delayed by Seven Months


DES MOINES, Iowa “Des Moines” redirects here. For other uses, see Des Moines (disambiguation).
Des Moines (pronounced /dɪˈmɔɪn/ in English,
, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," directed by Harold Prince and presented by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc., has been rescheduled to begin performances at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines on Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 23, 1997 for a limited premiere engagement of four weeks. The press opening night is Saturday, February 1, 1997 at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $16.75 to $61.75.

Adjustments to the national tour schedule of "The Phantom of the Opera" have necessitated changes to the performance schedules in several cities, including Des Moines. Though delayed by seven months, the performance schedule for the engagement remains the same.

Civic Center Season Subscribers, Civic Center Members, and Priority Arts Group ticket buyers who have already ordered their tickets have been notified by mail of their new date and time. Ticketholders will have the opportunity to exchange their tickets for any other performance date and time within the four weeks, or will be issued a full refund. Public and group mail order opportunities will be announced in the near future.

The Civic Center regrets any inconvenience this unavoidable rescheduling may cause.

This $10 million National Tour will re-create the Broadway and London production, long considered too elaborate to play a standard tour schedule. Some renovation to the Civic Center will be necessary in order to facilitate the production: special steel trusses will be installed in the attic In the Attic can refer to:
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 of the Civic Center to support both the 2 1/2 ton Paris Opera House proscenium proscenium

In a theatre, the frame or arch separating the stage from the auditorium, through which the action of a play is viewed. In ancient Greek theatres, the proskenion was an area in front of the skene that eventually functioned as the stage.
 and the giant, 1000 pound chandelier that comes crashing down onto the stage.

"The Phantom of the Opera," which had its United States premiere on January 26, 1988 at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, went on to win seven Tony(R) Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. The original London production opened on October 9, 1986, at Her Majesty's Theatre
For the theatre of the same name in Melbourne, Australia see Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne


Her Majesty's Theatre is a West End theatre, located on The Haymarket, in the City of Westminster.
, winning every major British theater award including the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards.

Based on the classic novel "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston LeRoux, the musical tells the story of the hideously deformed Phantom who lurks beneath the stage of the Paris Opera, exercising a reign of terror over all the occupants. He falls instantly in love with a young soprano, Christine, devoting himself to creating a new star for the Opera by nurturing her extraordinary talents and employing all the skills at his disposal.

The original London creative team has been reunited for this national touring production: musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, lyrics by Charles Hart, additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber Noun 1. Andrew Lloyd Webber - English composer of many successful musicals (some in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice) (born in 1948)
Baron Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton, Lloyd Webber
, sets and costumes by Maria Bjornson, lighting by Andrew Bridge, sound design by Martin Levan, musical supervision by David Caddick and orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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/CONTACT: Brenda Mickle of Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 515-243-0709, ext. 202, or 515-243-0766/

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