Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Phantom of the Opera

I don't know what's wrong with my lately, but my brain just isn't functioning. A friend invited me to a birthday party last Wednesday for the Friday night, and I replied after checking my calendar, that I've got tickets to the Phantom of the Opera that night. Yet Thursday night I kept saying to myself that I'll come home straight away after work etc etc. Hell, I even contacted Cherry Tuesday morning to plan what we're going to do before the Phantom!

Luckily I remember on the day and I didn't go home, otherwise I would've wasted perfectly good tickets to the Phantom and the fantastic meal we had at The Little Snail before the show. I checked the menu before we went and saw that they had a Bouillabaisse on the menu and I knew I had to have that if they had it on the night. And since I was getting an entree and a main, I might as well get their 3 course meal special.

Scampi in a light Tempura Batter

The scampi looks huge, but after you take away the head and the tail, you're left with a piece of 2 inch long meat. Cherry seemed to enjoy it though.

Traditional French Bouillabaisse with Crusty Garlic Baguette

This was anything but traditional. I was expecting a much smoother and pale looking creamy soup topped with croutons with dollops of aioli. This was closer to a seafood stew with garlic bread. It was still really nice though. It was chock full of seafood. Under those two pieces of bread was 2 pieces of fish, 2 scallops, 2 prawns and 2 mussels.

Crispy Atlantic Salmon served with Salsa Verde on Tomato Risotto

Duck A L'Orange on Crushed Kumera and Grand Marnier Glaze

I had the duck and it was quite nice. I've never had Duck A L'Orange before and this wasn't a bad start. I think I much prefer duck confit or chinese BBQ duck more though. The fruity acidity of the sauce was a bit too much after a while. But I still enjoyed the duck regardless.

Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Traditional Creme Caramel

This creme caramel was much better than the one we had at Encasa. This was softer and more wobbly. The caramel was sweeter and had a lovely nutty taste. Again, we walked out of there completely stuffed!

Luckily it was a good 5min walk to the Lyric Theatre after that. We got there about 15mins early and sat in our seats waiting for the food to digest. Our seats were about 1/2 - 2/3 of the way back from the stage, and boy was I glad we were sitting back with the show started. I'm not going to give away any details, but this is something you don't want front row seats to, as you will miss out on the full effects of the production.

I've only see the movie edition of The Phantom of the Opera starring Emmy Rossum, and I absolutely loved her (Although I hated the guy who played Raoul and the Phantom). So whilst my expectations wasn't one comparable with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman's performance, my expectations certainly wasn't low. And let me tell you, this Australian production starring Anthony Warlow and Ana Marina blew my socks away! The cast, the set and the music was just magical!

Before the show started, I remember Cherry asking me if I was going to get teary eyed like when I watched Miss Saigon. Ok, I bawled my eyes out at one stage watching Miss Saigon. But I never cried watching the movie, so I assumed it would be the same with the theatre production. Well, I didn't bawl my eyes out this time round, but there were a few scenes where I started getting emotional and wanting to cry! That is the power of the play. I loved it! And Cherry loved it! In fact, the whole way walking from Star City back to George St, we couldn't stop raving about the show! I was half tempted to pull my iPod out to listen to the songs again!

I would love to go watch it again, lets see if I can get decent seats for a cheaper price. For anyone who hasn't been to watch a musical before, I highly HIGHLY recommend that you go watch The Phantom of the Opera!!


chocolatesuze said...

lol my bros gf got us front row tix and we nearly suffocated from the smoke/mist and then had to crane our head up for that certain part... altho it was certainly creepy with the chandelier falling right above us!

SoRMuiJAi said...

I would've been too nervous to enjoy the show if I were you! Even sitting further back where we were 100% safe I couldn't stop thinking about the chandelier! hehe