Summer Fit & Flare Dresses – The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera Tour Poster
Photo: The Phantom of the Opera Tour Poster

Step into the enchanting music of the night at The Phantom of the Opera at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’s Segerstrom Hall from now until July 21st.

Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

Dates: Now-July 21
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Parking: Please Click Here $12 cash only
Run Time:
 Approximately 2 hours and 27 minutes with an intermission
Box Office Website: Click Here
Discounted Ticket Options: Goldstar

There are three dominant colors associated with this epic musical theater production. Black representing the mysterious appearance of the Phantom in the theater at night, red representing the rose which is symbolic of the Phantom’s love and heartbreak for Christine, and white representing the mask that the Phantom hides behind to cover his identity and disfigurement.

Here are some affordable and versatile fit and flare dress options to wear to the theatre inspired by the colors.

The first one is an affordable LBD from Francesca’s currently selling on sale for $34.98
Dress: Francesca’s Sienna High Neck Skater Dress in Black (Sizing starts in xxs)

I love this comfortable fit and flare dress that can take you from day to night depending how you accessorize it.  Its easy and comfortable fit can be for casual occasions when you pair it with some low flats, flip flops and or tennis shoes with a sunhat.  You can the change it up and for a night out by wearing strappy high heeled shoes, clutch purse and chandelier earrings. The thin straps on top by the shoulder area add additional style details.

Bag: Apoils Canvas Market Lunch Bag Tote.I bought mine while walking through Lido Village in Newport Beach at Alchemy Works.

Flip Flops: Olivia Miller Jewel Wedge Flip Flop. The sizing starts in size 6 which I found to fit my size 5 feet without being uncomfortable. Super comfy for $19.99

Hat: Banana Republic Adjustable Straw Fedora in the natural color. 40% off taken at checkout.

Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Skater Dress, Fit and Flare Dress to wear to the theater
Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Skater Dress, Fit and Flare Dress to wear to the theater
Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Skater Dress, Fit and Flare Dress to wear to the theater
Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Skater Dress, Fit and Flare Dress to wear to the theater
Black Fit and Flare Dress, Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Dress, Apolis Market Canvas Bag
Black Fit and Flare Dress, Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Dress, Apolis Market Canvas Bag
Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Skater Dress, Fit and Flare Dress to wear to the theater
Francesca's Sienna High Neck Black Skater Dress, Fit and Flare Dress to wear to the theater

The next fit and flare dress by AQUA from Bloomingdale’s is one of my favorites because the material is soft and comfortable.  During the summer with the hot weather I don’t want to wear anything crispy and constricting. This classic silhouette is easy to wear and is timeless. The playful white roses scattered across the dress adds interest and you will be ready for a fun adventure.

Dress: Aqua Flounced Floral A-Line Black and White Dress

Aqua Flounced Floral A-Line Black and White Dress
Aqua Flounced Floral A-Line Black and White Dress

A third fit and flare dress features cut in shoulders and lace on the top with a fitted bodice. This is the perfect dress to wear in the evening for a theater performance.

Dress: Francesca’s Stella Open Back Lace Dress in Black (Sizing starts in size xxs). Also available in White.

Clutch: Francesca’s Teagan Mini Angled Perforated Crossbody – Black Color, Vegan. Where it as a clutch, wristlet or crossbody with the attached gold strap chain.

Earrings: Francesca’s Hadley Glass Beaded Circle Drop Earrings with gold interlocking hoops and white beads

Francesca's Stella Open Back Lace Dress
Francesca's Stella Open Back Lace Dress
Francesca's Stella Open Back Lace Dress, Fit and Flare Black Dress to wear to the theater
Francesca's Stella Open Back Lace Dress, Fit and Flare Black Dress to wear to the theater

Lastly, this fit and flare red dress by B Darlin has a seamless fit and is ideal for petites. I was able to purchase this dress at JC Penney’s on sale. The cut and back styling is reminiscent of a Parker NY brand dress which retails at designer prices compared to this affordable price. JC Penney’s often stacks their sale prices. In addition to the sale price there was a coupon savings online bringing it to $38.39 from $69! Special details include pleating, lining, and a stylish back design which makes this the perfect dress to wear to the theater to see a Broadway musical or a nice dinner.

Dress: JC Penney’s B. Darlin Sleeveless Party Dress-Juniors in Bright Red. Sizing Starts at 0. Use code 27GOSHOP at checkout for the extra discount ending 7/17 online.

Clutch: Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock Mesh Flap Evening Bag in black. Now $18.40 with discount code 27GOSHOP until 7/17 online.

Red Fit and Flare Dress, What to wear to the theater
Red Fit and Flare Dress, What to wear to the theater
JC Penney B. Darlin Bright Red Sleeveless Party Dress-Juniors
JC Penney B. Darlin Bright Red Sleeveless Party Dress-Juniors
JC Penney B. Darlin Bright Red Sleeveless Party Dress-Juniors
JC Penney B. Darlin Bright Red Sleeveless Party Dress-Juniors
Red and Black Mask, Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Inspired, Bright Red Dress from JC Penney
Red and Black Mask, Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Inspired, Bright Red Dress from JC Penney

George’s Cafe is a convenient place to enjoy some food before seeing a show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The cafe is located right outside Segerstom Hall where The Phantom of the Opera is now playing. Some menu items include a California Cobb salad with added free-range chicken breast (+$4) or roasted salmon (+$6). The menu is not labeled for allergens so please ask accordingly.

Regular Hours:
Monday-Friday 11AM-2PM

Performance Hours:
Mon-Fri: 5pm Through 90 Minutes Post-Performance
Sat-Sun: Open 90 Minutes Prior and Post-Performance
May vary based on performance times

George's Cafe Cobb Salad by Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Description: You are cordially invited to hide your identity behind a mask, slip into your finest suit or gown to attend Queen Marie-Antoinette’s 18th-century France Ball. Enjoy cirque acts, aerialists, a costume contest and musicians in a whimsical variety show.

Dress the Part: Let your creativity shine! Wear an ornate mask to pair with your evening wear. This is a formal event – no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops etc. Have fun wearing a gown or suit and take inspiration from the Baroque period, Rococo fashion and French aristocratic life. You might want to wear comfortable heels or shoes because the event is not seated. Seating is offered to VIP Bottle Service guests.

When: Saturday Jul 27, 2019
Doors open at 7pm. The show runs from 8pm-11:30pm with breaks for dancing and DJ Music

Where: The Observatory North Park – 2891 University Avenue San Diego, CA 92104

Price: $35.00 – $75.00 Ages 21+
Parking: Parking is included in ticket price. Make sure you get a validation at event. North Park Garage: 29th St between University Ave. and N. Park Way

Dinner Options with a VIP Experience: ($75 Per Person for Dinner and General Admission Ticket) Enjoy a prix fixe menu at West Coast Tavern and direct entry into the event. Dinner seatings are at 5:30pm and 7:15pm. Menu includes shared appetizer, choice of entree, choice of cocktail or champagne. The West Coast Tavern’s regular menu labels items GF for gluten free but this prix-fixe menu does not have labels. Reserve A Table here.

A Midsummer's Masquerade Ball
A Midsummer's Masquerade Ball

Description: “The Labyrinth Masquerade Ball celebrates creativity, enchantment and fantasy within the Royal Courts. Some of the most amazing fantasy artists, costumers and special effects crews participate in bringing a diverse host of creatures and mythologies alive each year. This Masquerade is one of the few classical events open to those who dreamed of a surrealistic fantasy fading into a weekend of dance and revelry.

Music and visuals heighten your senses in this annual tribute to dreamers and imagination. Within our realms you’ll find influences from Venetian tradition, Celtic faerie and goblin lore and stories of fantasy. The Labyrinth Masquerade continues to be a singular experience where dreamers gather, deep within the realms of Sypher.”

Dress Code: Formal attire with a mask are required or imaginative costumes within theme

When: August 16th and 17th. Pre-show at 7pm, Doors Open at 8pm

Where: Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles – 506 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90071

Price: $35+, VIP Experience Tickets Available
Parking: Pershing Square, directly across the street from the Biltmore Hotel. $20 for Friday and $9 for Saturday

Other: Reserve your seat for evening tea at the Royal Tea Room, Buy Tickets to the pre-show from 7pm-8pm

Labyrinth Masquerade Ball
Photo: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball 2018

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