Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. Book by Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber. Directed by Julie Black. Metropolitan Players. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. August 28 – September 7, 2013.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about a scarred genius’s love for a young opera singer receives splendid treatment in this production. Indeed, this staging, the first by a non-professional company in NSW, is far superior to the work’s first professional Australian production that I saw in the 1990s.
That did little for me and accentuated the writing weaknesses, but this one kept me engaged – indeed, enchanted – throughout its two acts.