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"Phantom" worth every penny

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

There's lots of talk about changes to the production of "Phantom of the Opera."

Whether you love the original or the newer version, I can tell you the show is still just as good as ever.

"Phantom" is playing at the Aronoff Center through the 27th and it's worth every penny.

I mentioned changes just a second ago; most of them are subtle.

Some of the set pieces are different this time around.

The grand staircase used during the ensemble song "Masquerade" is gone, but the hall of mirrors used instead is just as impressive.

The phantom's lair in the basement of the opera house looks a little different too, but nothing that the casual fan would care about.

The actress who played the role of Christine was great, but the real star of the show was Derrick Davis as the phantom.

His acting was spot-on and his voice was huge. He effortlessly hit every note in songs like "Music of the Night", "Point of No Return" and "Phantom of the
Opera."

I mean, we're talking about a guy who played Mufasa and Scar in "Lion King", so you know this guy has a voice. And he's about six foot three, so he even looks imposing.

I first saw "Phantom of the Opera" in 1993, 23 years ago at the Taft Theater, before the Aronoff Center even opened.

I was just 18, trying to woo my girlfriend (now my wife), so I didn't know anything about the show. But I loved it then and I love it just as much now.

I took my 15-year-old daughter to see the show for the first time last night.

The look at her face when the chandelier lit up for the first time made me smile from ear to ear.

She was in awe of the special effects and the grandeur of the musical numbers.

I've seen the show five times now and I felt the same way.

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