The Three Phantoms, The Mayflower

The Three Phantoms, The Mayflower

The Three Phantoms, The Mayflower

First published in Stage Reviews by , Entertainments Editor

SOUTHAMPTON-born West End star Earl Carpenter co-starred in, directed and produced this taste of musical theatre heaven.

And whilst I left feeling hungry for more – my appetite for a return ticket for both Phantom and Les Miserables whetted, this was undoubtedly a uniquely entertaining show.

Three Phantoms on one stage on one night- surely it doesn’t get any better than that?

Current Phantom Musical Director Anthony Gabrielle led the 21-piece orchestra too.

Carpenter, current Phantom John Owen-Jones and Matthew Cammelle have notched up over 3,000 of the show’s 10,000 London performances, gold medalists of the theatre world: all quite different but all brilliant.

Joined by the equally stunning Rebecca Caine, who played Christine opposite Michael Crawford in Phantom’s early days, the evening was both a celebration of their impressive CVs as it was a spotlight on some of the 40 stage adaptations of Gaston Leroux’s original novel and their inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The comedic banter between the men with a smattering of backstage anecdotes kept the mood jovial, with I’m All Alone from Monty Python musical Spamalot raising lots of laughs.

The reaction of the audience said it all however when they heard the Lloyd Webber songs they know and love. The Music of the Night sung by all three leading men was breath-taking but I also savoured every minute of Prima Donna and Think of Me as well as Les Miserables’ Stars (Carpenter)and Bring Him Home (Owen Jones).Spine-tingling performances that brought the entire audience to its feet!

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