Stories & Cast Interviews
What People are saying about Phantom
JOURNAL AMERICA (Don Collester)
"For those who have seen both productions, it is far superior to the Phantom on Broadway" "The Westchester Broadway cast simply could not be better." Aaron Ramey is excellent. He captures the essence of this wounded yet dangerous man, and his voice is simply superb." " Yeston's score is by far superior to Lloyd Webbers' sing-through Phantom. The songs are not only melodic, but they also develop characters within the story." "There are plenty of fireworks in this Phantom and great stage effects. It is a pleasure to welcome back this Phantom"
NORTH COUNTY NEWS (Kathy Grantham)
"The Kopit/Yeston version is bittersweet and emotionally charged, stunning the audience with a couple of not-to-be-missed surprises." "It is classic musical theatre, captivating the audience with a unique story, a star-crossed romance, and a grand musical score." "This romantic thriller keeps the audience on tenderhooks until the very end."
MORE SUGAR (Jim Petrillo) "Phantom has returned in its full glory to WBT." "Kate Rockwell gives a fabulous performance. " "Congratulations to George Puello & Steven Loftus for their elegant and effective multilevel set which had set pieces rising from the floor as well as flying down from the ceiling. Andrew Gmoser's lighting was extraordinary, always setting the mood" "The music is fabulous. the acting, singing, choreography, sets and effects are extraordinary. "
ACORN PRESS (Fran Sikorski) "A Brilliant Production of PHANTOM" "All voices are outstanding" "George Puello and Steve Loftus have embellished their original set design to perfection. Costume designs by Gail Baldoni are opulent. Special effects, and they are spectacular, are by Peter J. Barbieri Jr."
WGCH Radio (Marion Joyce) "Phantom, a show not to be missed!" "Phantom is a winner" Phantom at WBT is one of the best shows I have seen in years. This production is perfectly cast with supremely talented actors." "The Phantom comes vividly to life as sensitively played by Aaron Ramey , whose sublime singing is coupled with his wonderful portrayal of a man who is strong and vengeful, yet weak and to be pitied." "Kate Rockwell, with a lovely soprano voice, gives a stirring and beautiful performance." "Sandy Rosenthal is sensational in her role as the loathsome Carlotta, with her perfect timing and facial expressions and great expressive voice. "James van Trueren is outstanding a heart-wrenching performance that is such an asset to this production."
THIS WEEK MAGAZINE (Evelyn Mocbeichel) t "The scenery was fantastic, and the special effects fabulous, capturing the essence of the Paris theatre and the underground caverns. "The Phantom...What a powerful. spine tingling voice! great casting!"
ROCKLAND COUNTY TIMES (George Dacre) "Kate Rockwell, in the role of Christine, electrifying the audience with her voice range. "The WBT audience was seeing the budding of a star, Kate Rockwell, her voice is divine, her stage presence wondrous." "This production had fantastic special effects and staging that titillated the audience from start to finish." "It is a top-flight cast! " "Phantom at WBT is a great show. I rate it four stars out of four."
RISING PUBLICATIONS (Millie Gutierrez) "Phantom is definitely the best musical interpretation I've witnessed in my life, with great imagination and truly award winning performances, this musical was majestic." "The drama was so realistic, audiences could not contain their tears." "We were all captivated by the beautiful stage and scenic designs. The rhythms, sounds, and dialogues, in conjunction with the lighting and spectacular acting by the cast members, were simply out of this world. The singers' voices were prodigiously breathtaking. " "I highly recommend you attend a performance of the Phantom. Without a doubt, it will be a rewarding experience that will leave audiences with the desire to come again, guaranteed."
JOURNAL NEWS (Peter Kramer) "A fuller Phantom..." "A magnificent Kate Rockwell, whose remarkable vocal range is equaled only by her ability to breathe life into a farm girl who arrives in Paris with a song in her heart. Rockwell is a first-rate actress." "Ramey's voice is at turns powerful and tremulous. He finds the nuance that some might find lacking in the Broadway Phantom. His command of the role is complete down to his cape twirling exits. "Carlotta, played to perfection by the hilarious Sandy Rosenberg. Phantom makes a magical return to WBT in Elmsford. "This is not Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera, this one is better."
THE NEWS TIMES (Chesley Plemmons) "Let's settle the debate about which of two dueling musicals is best. Phantom by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit or Phantom Of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber. In my book, Phantom which has returned to Westchester Broadway Theatre is the hands-down winner." "The production is a beautiful combination of period costumes and elaborate sets. George Puello & Steve Loftus have outdone themselves in opulence and gold glitter. Gail Baldoni's lush and elegant costumes have a fresh look often missing in costume dramas." The special effects are dramatic, eye-catching and often amusing." "The voices of Ramey, Rockwell and Van Treuren are exceptional and their acting is first rate." "The large cast shines both vocally and dramatically."
TIMES HERALD RECORD (James Cotter) "Phantom is a strongly acted, beautifully sung and visually handsome production directed by Tom Polum. "It's a stunner of a show. Aaron Ramey has a powerful presence, he also possesses a marvelous baritone. Kate Rockwell is lovely with a superb soprano." THE CUE (Judie Phillips) "Phantom at the WBT is a thrilling night of theatre. If you want to give yourself a treat, run, do not walk, to the box office at WBT and sign up." PHANTOM is haunting, poignant, musically compelling, replete with intriguing characters, fully dimensional and bursting at the seams with talent both on the stage and in the hands of the technical staff. "The voices are wonderful! Kate Rockwell is simply lovely as she portrays innocence, fear, compassion, you name it - with ease."
THE CUE (Judie Phillips) "Phantom at the WBT is a thrilling night of theatre. If you want to give yourself a treat, run, do not walk, to the box office at WBT and sign up." PHANTOM is haunting, poignant, musically compelling, replete with intriguing characters, fully dimensional and bursting at the seams with talent both on the stage and in the hands of the technical staff. "The voices are wonderful! Kate Rockwell is simply lovely as she portrays innocence, fear, compassion, you name it - with ease."
THE CHEAPPOP.COM(Gary Chattman) This version by Kopit and Yeston is superior in so many ways to that of the Andrew Lloyd Weber incarnation. Kate Rockwell as Christine excels here for her acting and singing prowess and rivals that of original Broadway diva, Sarah Brightman. I have mentioned many times The benefits of going to the WBT instead of traipsing to Broadway to pay Broadway prices,parking fees and traffic. These shows are far superior to much that is on Broadway and the talent is unsurpassed."
WHITE PLAINS CITIZEN NET REPORTER(John F. Bailey) "The first time you hear Kate Rockwell's shimmering and haunting voice as Christine, you are enchanted." "Ms Rockwell's and Mr. Ramey's voices soar. Their duets touch deep into the soul, the electricity of them crackles in the theatre. Their romantic chemistry delivers an emotional Phantom that never lets go of your heart and builds to a climax you will not soon forget." Ms. Rockwell has it all; range: with a confident finesse and control, flowing, sparkling out into the theatre; essence: this woman takes you from the depths of pity to the height of hope to "the stuff that dreams are made of" with her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice; credibility: her sense of movement, her expressions, her warmth and way with the lyricist's words, make hers a voice you will fall for too. "Aaron Ramey creates a Phantom any woman would fall in love with. His voice commands. "Fasten your seatbelts for action, hold tight to your heartstrings and pine with the star-crossed Christine and Eric. I loved this Phantom!"
Another Satisfied Customer
Broadway is out, but WBT is very "in"
BROADWAY IS NOT CLOSED AT THE WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE
We've been receiving many calls regarding the stagehands' strike. Westchester Broadway Theatre is not affected as we operate under a different contract. Not to be thwarted, would-be Broadway theatergoers have been making reservations at WBT. Not a bad compromise, as our PHANTOM rivals the Andrew Lloyd Webber version and has even been deemed "better" and "fuller" by the critics. PHANTOM continues here at WBT to our audiences' delight! Lots of SPECIALS on the docket as well!
Kate Rockwell interview
"The audiences seem to love the show, which is fantastic. We love it too and put so much of ourselves into it, and it is so nice to see them responding the way they do at the end of the show. I have had women and men come up to me after the show and say "thank you so much, it was great-I cried," and that is just the perfect thing to hear. I usually tell them, "I cried too" because I cry every show still!" Stay tuned for our full interview with Phantom's Kate Rockwell!