Mann did a great job as ‘Phantom of Opera’
Thanks to The News for its coverage on the latest Buffalo extravaganza “Phantom of the Opera” featuring Chris Mann on the picture page and Derek Gee’s colored photo of the giant chandelier. As one who attended Matthew Bourne’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s adaptation of one of the most successful musicals of all time, I was of the opinion that Mann’s performance as the Phantom was outstanding, as he portrayed a frenzied, disfigured composer whose hidden talents and deep love for Christine, the opera star, had driven him to an obsessive state of mind.
The News arts critic’s views of Mann seemed a bit harsh: “someone needs to give a guy a Xanax,” “his strained neuroticism gives the campiest scenes” and “frenetic to the point of distraction.”
It appeared to me that the standing ovation for Mann and the cast practically lit the giant chandelier hanging over the audience below. Mann was selected as one of the top four singers on “The Voice” in 2012. We are all very fortunate to be able to acquire talented performances at our magnificent showplace, Shea’s Performing Art Center.
Joseph R. Tomasulo