Phantom at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Just in time for the season of the spookies, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre is joining in the fun by presenting a hauntingly beautiful production of Phantom. The show is an adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s novel, and it should be noted that it is not the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage production. If you’re planning to attend to sing along with familiar favorites, keep in mind you won’t find that experience this time around. According to the press kit, the show is considered, “the greatest hit never to be produced on Broadway.” I mean, how are you going to compete with the guy who gave the world Cats?! Give it a chance—it’s well worth a night out.

A self-professed musical theatre geek myself, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, given the fact that Webber’s version is by far the most well-known production, and I knew little to nothing about the novel. I can assure you that if you’re on the fence about attending—do it! My husband and I settled in with some delicious vegetables, a salad, and of course Beef & Boards famous roast beef—and had a great time people-watching before the show began.

The first act was beautifully staged, wonderfully choreographed, the lead actors had beautiful voices, and as always, the production itself was more than we’d hoped for. During intermission, we dodged the bathroom crowd and dove into our desserts—I had the apple spice cake and he got the cheesecake. There’s just something about going out and not having to share your dessert with a tiny person…or 3. The second act revealed a new side to what we know as the common villain in American theatre, and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few tears along the way. It was lighthearted in spots, and one actress of note played “bad” so well, it was downright hilarious.

Things to note:

The program states the show is rated PG-13. I tend to disagree with that rating, not because of content, but because of the general adult undertones of the show. I feel like a 16-17 year old could probably hang, but anyone younger would most likely be bored. There are some triggering moments as well—violence, child neglect, and emotional and psychological harm. Don’t let these things deter you. As an adult, I made note of it, but it’s subtle. For a child, it might be too much.

Masks are required during the production for anyone who has not been vaccinated.

There are hand sanitization stations before the buffet line begins, and staff encouraging guests to sanitize before helping themselves to the buffet.

Beef & Boards Christmas tickets are now on sale, and there is a discount of $6 off per ticket available to children ages 3-15.
For more info, call Beef & Boards at (317) 872-9664 or visit them online at beefandboards.com

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