It’s been a while, since the last time we visited the theater.
Now with a new normal, events are allowed under strict regulations.
Number of visitors is limited and constant ventilation is mandatory.
Visitors must wear a mask, being taken temperature at the entrance and applied sanitizer to hands.
As time went by we got used to it and so far we appreciated some events without any trouble or difficulties.
It was 2018, we went to Shibuya for The Phantom of The Opera.
we didn’t know there are two versions of it. Ken Hill version and Andrew Lloyd Webber version..
We thought it’s a Andrew’s one and it turned out to be Ken Hill version.
There was a bit of confusion and gradual acceptance that we are seeing different thing.
That was of course a wonderful work.
We enjoyed even if the songs were not familiar, as performers sang well. Live is always exciting.
And last year, we booked a concert of three artists/actors from Broadway.
They were going to sing songs in “the phantom of the opera”, but sadly that has been canceled.
New year came and I found out that “the phantom of the opera” by Gekidan Shiki, which was supposed to be by the end of 2020, is going to be continued until this August.
With a glimmer of hope, I booked tickets. It’s a Andrew’s one.
After two months, we were able to visit the theater enjoyed the opera.
The same program but never be the same, that’s because we are never be the same physically and emotionally. That what makes art worth to experience.
To me English version is more familiar, as I watched the movie in English first.
like many people I’ve been exposed to The Phantom of The Opera experience by the movie shown in 2004, and bought a DVD and watched it so many times.
Thus it always takes a moment to adjust adapt to Japanese songs and lines.
The Phantom is done by three actors for this time.
Today we had a chance to see Mr. Iwaki’s Phantom and that was a one of kind.
If there is another opportunity we’d love to visit again.
It seems the concert that had been canceled, rescheduled in this May.
Hope they will be here, but for that immigration conditions must be eased..
I’ll take a chance, wait and see for two months.