I love musical theatre. That’s no secret. But I do have one to tell you: I’ve never seen The Phantom of The Opera! I know! Crazy, right? It’s funny, growing up, my dad had two cassette tapes in his car, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera and we listened to them for years. So even though I can probably sing (badly) the whole show, I’ve never seen it!

Well luckily all of that is about to change when one of the most popular musicals in the world comes to Calgary from August 8th to 20th! Tickets are on sale now and prices start at $37.50.

Since the Phantom of the Opera debuted in 1986, the show has played in more than 150 cities across the world. It’s also the longest-running production on Broadway with no end in sight. And when it opens in Calgary in a few weeks, Calgarians will be treated to a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic show is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations.


Whether you’ve seen The Phantom of the Opera more than 20 times (like my old roommate) or you’re seeing it for the first time like I will be, seeing the show is on the bucket list of every musical fan across the world!

My friends at Broadway Across Canada have given me two tickets to giveaway to the show on Wednesday, August 9th at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

To enter, head to the comments section and tell me if you could plan a date for The Phantom and Christine, what Calgary thing should they do on their first date?

Contest closes August 6th.

Mike Morrison


  1. Calgary Tower is a classic! The spinning restaurant is a romantic date, and a 360 view of the night downtown skyline sends chills down the spine.

  2. I would like to see them go to the Wood’s Homes East Side Family Centre. They offer free walk in counselling for a variety of concerns including mental health and domestic violence. Maybe if the Phantom got help he wouldn’t feel the need to kidnap women and hold them against their will.

  3. For their first date the phantom and Christine should explore some of Calgary’s fabulous festivals. They should start by taking the C-train to ‘Opera in the village’at enmax park, then grab a bite from one of the local food trucks there and enjoy a meal al fresco while strolling hand in hand along the pathways that follow the elbow and bow rivers. They should finish off their date by heading up the Calgary tower to watch the lights come on around the city, perhaps singing a duet together at the top.

  4. For a summer date, let’s send them to Opera in the Village. We’ll hope a fight doesn’t ensue when the Phantom starts making comments about the Emerging Artists performances and flirting with a young soprano afterwards while giving her singing tips.

    If it’s fall, they could go to the CPO since our Orchestra is amazing. The Phantom would also love the building and it’s many secret passages, but possibly mysteriously vanish during intermission and cast mysterious shadows around the Jack Singer during the second half of the night. Considering the Singer lacks a giant chandelier, this could still be a good option for an evening out.

    Drinks to follow at Betty Lou’s library since it’s the closest thing we’ve got to old underground Paris here, even though it’s not quite the right era.

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