A New Phantom of the Opera Serenades the Players Theatre in NYC
An Intimate Production by Sgouros and Bell Featuring a Live Chamber Ensemble and Based on
the Original Novel by Gaston Leroux Opens at the Players Theatre April 30th in the West
(PRWEB) April 1, 2010 -- The first English translation of Gaston Leroux’s astounding novel The Phantom of the
Opera was published in 1911, and since then it has provoked writers around the world to retell the story and to
probe the mysterious man behind the mask. The latest creative team intrigued by the Phantom is Michael Sgouros
(composer) and Brenda Bell (book and lyrics), whose new musical opens at the Players Theatre in the West
Village on April 30th.
When asked how a petite production in the Village would compare to the Broadway version of Phantom, Ms.
Bell replied that “Both versions are based on the novel by Gaston Leroux and feature many of the same
characters, but the Players Theatre production focuses on the authentic story as Leroux relayed it in his novel and
explores the passionate and personal relationships between those characters in greater detail. Most people have
only a vague idea of the true story and that’s what audiences will see at our production, so expect a few
surprises.” Bell recently visited Paris to retrace Leroux’s step from the novel – her journey was recorded in her
blog: Chasing Phantoms.
The Players Theatre, revamped to under 200 seats to accommodate the viewable pit, offers audience members an
intimate experience not possible in a large Broadway house. “On Broadway you are one of two thousand people,
at the Players you’re one of two hundred,” commented Mr. Sgouros. The size of the house also contributes to the
authenticity of the sound. No amplification -- a subject that has raised much controversy in the theater world -- is
used in the production. The music is played live, in full view of the audience, allowing the acoustic sounds to be
heard as they were meant to be without interference or adjustment.