Review: Glorious music of the night in a Phantom triumph

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‘Phantom’ is the most successful musical theatre production of all time, and youngsters from Kirkcaldy are among the very first to stage its youth production. Their show is a stunning triumph. Review by Allan Crow.

Phantom Of The Opera

Adam Smith Theatre

(On At Fife Youth Music Theatre)

Rating: *****

It has been seen by more people than Titanic, ET and Star Wars combined - and sets the standards for all others to follow in the West End.

That legacy didn’t daunt the youngsters who, without exception, delivered a stunning performance which earned a wonderful, heartfelt and utterly deserved standing ovation from the huge crowd on opening night (Thursday).

It was mesmerising, visually dazzling, and beautifully and movingly performed from start to finish - an absolute triumph.

Forget the ‘youth production’ label - this show was as polished and outstanding as any touring professional show you will see this year.

Director Janet Robertson brought the story into the theatre, using the aisles, as well as turning the side doors into mini-stages, breaking down all the barriers between the audience and the performers, using a stunning set to maximum impact.

Leads Robert Forrest and Katherine Skene were absolutely superb, but everyone played their part, handling the showstoppers with aplomb, bringing out the humour in the story, and bringing to life one of the greatest theatrical love stories ever told.

I loved it. The audience loved it.

To quote one on their way out ‘‘ just amazing.’

Until Saturday with a weekend matinee.

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