THE Phantom of the Opera show at The Capitol Theatre is not only on track to break box-office records, but it’s won the admiration of a very powerful fan.
2GB broadcaster Alan Jones, who saw the opening-night show on Friday, lauded the production, saying he felt “deeply in debt to the Tamworth Musical Society” for a “beyond outstanding” show at a “first-class” facility .
“The Tamworth community can be very proud indeed,” Mr Jones wrote.
“I congratulate the directors, Peter Ross and Stephen Carter, the musical director Val Godden, the choreographer Cherie Gaites and the whole cast for a wonderful experience.
“And Tamworth, you have produced another famous son in Robert McDougall – a glorious voice, wonderful acting and a fabulous presence.
Capitol Theatre director Peter Ross said it was “wonderful” for the society to receive the recognition.
“We should be very proud ... It’s lovely and it’s great for the society and the region, too,” he said.
“For many years, Tamworth lived in the arts shadow of Armidale, but we’re certainly catching up.”
Mr Ross said not only was the Tamworth Musical Society “great” but Tamworth Regional Council and the community had worked together to create the Capitol Theatre.
It was the 125th anniversary of the society this year and they’d gone all-out with big-name productions.
“That’s why we did Sound of Music first off, which broke box-office records and also got heaps of praise,” he said.
“It looks like Phantom’s going to do that again – it was the most number of tickets sold before it opened and we use that as a gauge.”
The show runs until November 9.