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The Daddy of West End Musicals
Phantom of the Opera
Member Name: paulie1975
Phantom of the Opera
Date: 31/10/10, updated on 01/11/10 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic show, probably one of the top three in the west end
Disadvantages: It can be tricky getting tickets at short notice
Phantom of the Opera opened in London in 1986 with the dream pairing of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, this brought the show to the attention of the world and it became a huge success everywhere.
It has apparently grossed over $5 billion during its run and it is the most successful entertainment venture of all time. Therefore its safe to presume you need to book in advance to get tickets.
A movie version of The Phantom of the Opera was released in 2004, directed by Joel Schumacher. For some reason the film really doesn't do the stage version the least bit of justice and is a sad excuse for the original. It has produced many exciting and scene stealing phantoms over the years.
The story is about a young woman who moves to Paris and becomes part of a chorus line, she becomes the object of affection for the phantom of the opera, a disfigured former worker who has created a home within the theatre, he terrorises the staff and even his beloved as he fails to come to terms with his own disfigurement and her love for somebody else. In many ways this is the classic French tale of an ugly man fighting a better looking one for the girl, however the music and acting take this way above your average musical.
Enclosed is a briefing of the music in the production, the stand out tunes are the haunting 'music of the night' and 'All I ask of you'. The music in general is exceptional but these two songs stand out as the best of the best.
Generally there are two showings a day of this musical, there is one in the afternoon and the main showing in the evening.
The Theatre is large and tickets are generally fine to come by if booked sufficiently in advance via Ticketmaster or by going onto the shows website, you can also buy them from booths in Leicester Square.
I would suggest booking at least a month in advance to be sure of tickets as it still attracts new customers and repeat customers alike and will always do so.
Tickets range from £25 to £80 depending on the quality of the seat, it is better to sit lower, closer to the stage to really experience everything that happens in this wonderful show.
I bought tickets 5 years ago for my mum for her birthday and we were both utterly beguiled by this wonderful musical. Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the original story, it tells the tale of a young woman who becomes the paramour of a disfigured genius, some have said parallelling Brightmans own life with Lloyd Webber but I think thats cruel and unnecessary, this is beautiful, tragic, the special effects in the theatre need to be seen to be believed and the set is exceptional.
This has to be one of my favorite musicals and viewing it with my mum is one of my favourite London memories, the story is really well told, the music is excellent, the whole performance is truly world class. The actors change but the quality of the whole piece remains consistent, it is thrilling, romantic and heart breaking in equal measures. Lloyd Webber had one of his finest moments with this film, i'd give this 5 out of 5 and recommend it as one of the great London musicals.
Summary: The Daddy of West End Musicals
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