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Today we had the pleasure of watching a live broadcast of “The Phantom of the Opera” performed at theRoyal Albert Hall in London – celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show. It was broadcast live to a movie theater in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The highlight of the show was when Andrew Lloyd Weber came out at the end and introduced the original cast, and several former cast members sang two songs as an encore. Although I did feel that the “electric” sense of being in the same theater was lacking, there were some ways in which the show was better – the camera was able to move in close to the actors, show the orchestra close up, and show some of the set (like the chandelier) from angles you would never get in the theater. Also, tickets were only $20, so it is a much more affordable option than going to see the show in person.

There are several other shows that are broadcast live in movie theaters across the country. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and National Theater Live, the best of British theater, can all be found at
– look for a theater near you.

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