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Refreshed ‘Phantom’ back at DPAC

Julia Udine, left, and Ben Jacoby in “Phantom of the Opera,” coming to Durham Performing Arts Center.
Julia Udine, left, and Ben Jacoby in “Phantom of the Opera,” coming to Durham Performing Arts Center. MATTHEW MURPHY

Touring now: “The Phantom of the Opera”

The buzz: With Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom” still running in London (27 years) and on Broadway (26 years), producer Cameron Mackintosh decided to put together a new touring version. With revised sets, direction and choreography (but retaining the award-winning Maria Björnson costume design), this new version should entice fans for a repeat visit and still give newbies the impact of the original.

Watch for: A new take on the chandelier drop that includes falling bits of crystal; a fluid scenic design with a central cylinder flexing into various locales; more impressive fire effects; and a glitzier “Masquerade” number with a new, magical appearance of the Phantom.

About the tour: This version has already toured to great acclaim in England and is now in the middle of its North American tour. Director Laurence Connor has made the opera company performers and managers more realistic rather than comedic, harking back to the original Gaston Leroux novel.

Where to see it: Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Oct. 14-16; 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and Oct. 18; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Oct. 17-18; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19.

Tickets: $45-$150

Info: 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com

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