Celebrating its fifth anniversary in Las Vegas on June 24, Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular continues to dazzle audiences nightly with its romantic music, haunting title character, gorgeous chandelier—a technical marvel that pieces together in a stunning opening number—and the timeless, tragic love story of a disfigured man and the young opera singer who becomes his obsession. We asked four of Phantom’s cast members—Anthony Crivello (The Phantom); Kristi Holden (Christine); Andrew Ragone (Raoul) and Kristen Hertzenberg (Christine, select performances)—five questions about what they recommend in and around Las Vegas.

The perfect dinner spot before seeing Phantom or a place to go for late-night snacks after the show…

Anthony Crivello: “I like the Grand Lux Café or Bouchon restaurant. They both are close to the Phantom Theatre lobby, so you can pick up tickets prior and have a short walk to the theater after your meal without panic. After the show—believe it or not—I like the food court just off the Phantom Theatre lobby. Lots of choices for desserts—gelato, pastries, cappuccinos—nice, comfortable chairs and tables to sit and not too loud for conversation after the show.”

Kristi Holden: “My favorite places for dinner or late-night snacks are First Food and Bar—I love their walnut shrimp and chicken wings—and Dos Caminos has the best guacamole. Both are in The Palazzo.”

Kristen Hertzenberg: “My favorite is B&B Ristorante at The Venetian. They have a truly authentic Italian menu. Delicious! For a late night snack afterwards, I’d go to First Food and Bar at The Palazzo. It’s open late, they have great food and there’s a photo booth. You can’t lose.”

A favorite place to enjoy a cocktail…

Anthony Crivello: “Tao Beach [at The Venetian]—lovely views poolside. Bouchon restaurant’s terrace patio—nice ambiance, quiet, peaceful and a fountain and pool.”

Andrew Ragone: “Parasol Down at Wynn. Sit outdoors near the waterfall and you get a show every half hour. You can’t beat it.”

Kristen Hertzenberg: “For a cocktail near the Phantom Theatre, I’m a fan of Dos Caminos. I loved their Prickly Pear margarita at the one in New York when I lived there, so I was excited when they opened one here. But away from the Strip, I am a huge fan of the Downtown Cocktail Room. Ask for a ‘Downtown Dill’—it’s a Bloody Mary lover’s dream!”

Somewhere to get an “only in Vegas” experience…

Kristi Holden: “In addition to the fun and eclectic vibe of Fremont Street [downtown], I love the rides at the Stratosphere. They aren’t for the faint of heart, and I love facing my fears and jumping in to challenge myself to go for it.”

Andrew Ragone: “Sit on the patio of Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, and [watch] the Bellagio fountain show [across the street] as you eat. So cool and romantic.”

Kristen Hertzenberg: “The Neon Museum. They’re preserving Vegas’ rich history of beautiful signage.”

A place to relax or goof off in Las Vegas…

Anthony Crivello: “First choice—Tao Beach, without a doubt. Second choice—Hard Rock Hotel Beach. Third choice—The Playboy Club at the Palms.”

Kristi Holden: “I love going to the Town Square mall, south of the Strip. It has great restaurants and shopping in a beautiful, outdoor setting. You can eat, shop, go dancing or see a movie. It is a favorite spot of mine and for many of my Phantom castmates.”

Andrew Ragone: “A new thing I did was zipline down Fremont Street, which [gave me] an aerial view of a bunch of drunk people below!

A day trip away from Las Vegas…

Anthony Crivello: “Hoover Dam. My family has been, but not since they built the new bypass—an architectural wonder by all the photos I have seen.”

Kristi Holden: “Always Mt. Charleston. It’s only 40 minutes away, and before you know it, you are in the mountains. It’s usually 10 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, which is a great reprieve from the summer heat. Being from Colorado, the hiking trails and the option to camp overnight takes me home to my roots.”

Andrew Ragone: “My favorite getaway is paddleboarding at Lake Las Vegas. You start at Loews Hotel, you are out on the lake…[and you can] come back and have lunch at the pool. A great afternoon.”

Kristen Hertzenberg: “We like heading up to Mt. Charleston for lunch at the [Mt. Charleston] Lodge and a hike. One of these days, we plan to check out the Pahrump Valley Winery.”

Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular | Mon.-Sat., 7 p.m.; Mon. & Sat., 9:30 p.m. (dark Sun.) | From $59 | The Venetian | 702-414-9000

Cover photo by Shane O’Neal