‘Phantom of the Opera’ performance canceled Thursday night

DENVER — People expecting to see “Phantom of the Opera” Thursday night in Denver ended up getting turned away.

Several people told FOX31 Denver they had been in their seats for about 45 minutes before they were told the show was canceled.

Heidi Bosk with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts confirmed the performance was canceled because of technical difficulties.

The production uses haze, fog and pyrotechnic effects — and a one-ton chandelier that is suspended over the audience and “drops” shortly before the end of the first half.

Bosk said the technical issues involved the automation of the main stage structure, which rotates between the opera house and the area underground.

(Photo: Technicians working on the set on Aug. 26, 2016)

(Photo: Technicians working on the set on Aug. 26, 2016)

“The performance is not able to be rescheduled due to the national tour’s travel schedule,” Bosk said.

Ticket holders for the affected performance who purchased through denvercenter.org can call the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 303-893-4100 for a refund or additional ticket options.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is scheduled to run at the Buell Theatre through Sunday.