Sydney Opera House’s Phantom of the Opera open theater hit by rain
It was billed as an all-weather performance, but heavy rain in Sydney saw the cast whipped around while singing songs from the iconic musical.
Intense rain wreaked havoc on a production of The Phantom of the Opera against the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Opera House and the city’s dazzling skyline.
Music lovers paid up to $389 for tickets to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair during the opening week of Handa Opera’s world-class show.
Heavy rain forced organizers to cancel the show early – but not before soaked spectators were treated to an incredible scene played out during the fall.
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In footage uploaded to TikTok and Instagram, rain can be seen lashing the stage as Georgina Hopson (Christine Daae) and Joshua Robson (the ghost) perform the song “The Point of No Return,” in the second act.
Hopson also shared behind-the-scenes footage from the performance, of her sitting backstage in her soaking wet suit.
“Tonight we had to stop the show due to a torrential downpour – @jrobson4 and I literally interpreted the point of no return in a monsoon. I couldn’t even open my eyes,” he said. she writes in the caption of an Instagram story.
“I had to sit in that dress because it was so heavy and waterlogged! My job is crazy.
In the comments or a TikTok video, several viewers joked that they thought the rain was part of the performance.
Others expressed sympathy for the crew, cast, and wardrobe department.
“I think the rain adds to the scene but the bad stage crew and costumers who have to dry it all out,” one comment read.
“I really thought the rain was part of the performance,” another shared.
“Didn’t think it was a special effect until I read the comments,” wrote another.
“Imagine the cleanup afterwards and the potential safety issues a wet step could cause.”
An audience member who attended the performance also shared his experience watching the show amid the downpour.
“I can confirm we were soaked but prepared for rain as expected,” they wrote.
In a follow-up video, the account (@lefantomedelopera) who posted the video confirmed that the microphones are waterproof and that the actors have different non-slip shoes to wear in wet weather.
The news was given to him by a cast member who also said that the costumes were able to withstand the rain and that the orchestra was performing in a protected area under the stage.
The Phantom of the Opera is a musical comedy created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on the novel of the same name by French author Gaston Leroux.
While the musical’s event notes said production would continue in all weathers, heavy rain in Sydney on Tuesday night proved too much.
However, it is unclear whether attendees of the Tuesday night show will be reimbursed for the short portion of the show they missed. The show was shut down after the penultimate song, and the vast majority of the musical had already been performed.
Tickets for Sunday through Friday shows range from $99 to $389, while Saturday night tickets are a bit more expensive and range from $126 to $389.
News.com.au has contacted Handa Opera for comment.