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The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful musicals of all time and has been produced in 151 Cities and in 30 countries worldwide. The current West End musical is in in it's 27th year playing at Her Majesty's Theatre in Haymarket (London).
The Phantom of the Opera is based on the novel Le Fantome de l'Opera written by the French writer Gastron Leroux . The brief synopsis features how an The Phantom of the Opera a disfigured man hides in the depths of the Paris Opera House. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love for his protegee Christine Daae is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.
The musical was created by the musical genius Andrew Lloyd Webber and the production opened at Her Majesty's Theatre on 9th October 1986 featuring Michael Crawford (Phantom) and Sarah Brightman (Christine) to star as the leading roles.
The Success of the Musical:
The success of the musical continues to grow and the musical has been seen by more than 130 million people. The musical is now being produced worldwide and has been translated into thirteen different languages. The success of the musical continues to grow and captivate audiences globally. The musical has received 70 major awards including: Three Olivier awards, the most recent being the 2002 Olivier Audience Awards for the most popular show and has won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.
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The stage of the Paris Opera House, 1911
Auctioneer, Raoul & Company
Scene 1 - The Dress Rehearsal of Hannibal
"Think of Me"
Carlotta, Christine and Raoul
Scene 2 - After the Gala
"Angel of Music"
Christine & Meg
Scene 3 - Christine's Dressing Room
"Little Lotte/The Mirror (Angel of Music)"
Raoul, Christine & The Phantom
Scene 4 - The Labyrinth Underground
"The Phantom of the Opera"*
The Phantom & Christine
Scene 5 - Beyond the Lake
"The Music of the Night"
Scene 6 - Beyond the Lake, the Next Morning
"I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It"
Christine & The Phantom
Scene 7 - Backstage
Buquet, Meg, Madame Giry & Ballet Girls
Scene 8 - The Manager's Office
Firmin, André, Raoul, Carlotta, Giry, Meg & The Phantom
Scene 9 - A Performance of Il Muto
"Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh"
Carlotta & Company
Scene 10 - The Roof of the Opera House
"Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul, I've Been There"
Raoul & Christine
"All I Ask of You"*
Raoul & Christine
"All I Ask of You (Reprise)"
ACT TWO - Six months later
Scene 1 - The Staircase of the Opera House, New Year's Eve
"Masquerade/Why So Silent"*
Scene 2 - Backstage
Raoul and Giry
Scene 3 - The Manager's Office
"Notes/Twisted Every Way"
André, Firmin, Carlotta, Piangi, Raoul, Chrstine, Giry & The Phantom
Scene 4 - A Rehearsal for Don Juan Truimphant
Chrisine, Piangi, Reyer, Carlotta, Giry & Company
Scene 5 - A Graveyard in Perros
"Wishing you Were Somehow Here Again Christine Wandering Child/Bravo, Bravo"
Christine, The Phantom, Christine & Raoul
Scene 6 - Before the Premiere
Raoul, André, Firmin, Fireman and The Phantom
Scene 7 - Don Juan Triumphant
Carlotta, Piangi, Passarino and Company
"The Point of No Return"
The Phantom and Christine
Scene 8 - The Labyrinth Underground
"Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer"
Scene 9 - Beyond the Lake
Christine, The Phantom, Raoul & Company
Set, design and special effects
The musical features many special effects and scenery changes, which makes the show extraordinary. Straight from the start the audience is captivated by the rising of the amazing chandelier which fly's across the auditorium. The use of effects when the Phantom takes Christine into his labyrinth is incredible the use of the staircase descending while they sing the main tune is incredible and magical. I could go on and on but don't want to give any more away the staging of the Phantom of the Opera has to be seen to be appreciated the use of effects makes the show in my opinion and will blow you away.
The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is three metres wide and weighs one ton.
The Phantom's make-up takes two hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off.
Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.
The cast for the Phantom of the Opera changes every year the current West End Cast Features Marcus Lovett as the Phantom and Sofia Escobar as Christine.
My Views on the Musical
I have seen the musical two times at Her Majesty's Theatre and i have sat in top price seats in the stalls on both occasions. In rows C and D. I have seen many musicals before but i have to say that i was so amazed at how amazing the show was. Being so close to the stage you can see the actors facial expressions and it certainly is all believable. The music accompaniment has to be greatly appraised and the singing was truly wonderful. I was lucky because when i first saw the show back in 2008 i saw John Owen Jones as the Phantom and he was amazing. In the final scene (The Final Lair) his acting is out of this world, the emotions he expresses when Christine leaves him can be felt by all the audience. I actually cried which was embarrassing because i was with my sister but the audience could feel the pain that he was in and i felt that i was involved in the musical.
The Phantom isn't an ordinary musical with a happy ending but it is truly amazing i would recommend sitting in the Stalls as so you are so close to the stage, but watch out for the chandelier!! It is by far the best Musical i have ever seen and i would watch it endlessly.
I saw the Phantom of the Opera on 26th April 2008. The show was amazing I may only be 14 but I have seen many theatre productions and The Phantom of the Opera was by far the best. The girl who played Christine Daae had an amazing voice and was perfect for the role, on the other hand I thought Carlotta although had a great voice for the role wasn't "Prima Donna" enough! The colour and the dancing and singing was all amazing and I think they captured most of the roles perfectly. I was a little disapointed when the chandeler came down it wasn't as dramatic as i imagened it should be and the fact the interval followed straight after ruined its supposed to be dramatic effect. The Phantom of the Opera has its high points and its low points but over all there were more highs than there where lows and i would definatly love to see it again and hopefully one day be up on that stage myself.
Five years ago I had the chance to see one of the most renowned shows in the legacy of musical theatre known as The Phantom of the Opera. I went in reserved, and came out amazed.
Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, the show began on October 9, 1986 in Her Majestys Theatre. The leading roles were played by Sarah Brightman (Christine) and Michael Crawford (the Phantom). The show proved to be very successful, with over 53 million people seeing it to date. The actors and actresses may have changed, but the magic of it remains the same. This can be concluded from the ongoing interest in the musical along with its many awards, such as Best Musical, Best Actor and Featured Actress in the New York Tony Awards. In addition to its success in theatre, The Phantom of the Opera was also a semi-successful motion picture. It made a modest worldwide gross of $154,648,887.
The story follows a masked and disfigured musical genius who is looking to make a beautiful young girl his protégé. Throughout the musical he acts as a sort of apparition and taunts the opera company of the Paris Opera House. All this leads to a dangerous and haunting love triangle you will never forget.
Though the love triangle is a common plot in many stories, The Phantom of the Opera gives one that is unique. In addition, many story lines have used this as a jump start for their own.
This is a theatrical show, the cast is constantly changing. For this reason it is hard to say just how phenomenal the acting is in a specific sense. In general, however, the show is full of talent. The acting is believable and emotional, and the singing is amazing. Christines role is particularly hard to fill since a few of her songs contain some extremely high notes.
Andrew Lloyd Webber showed off his musical talents in The Phantom of the Opera as the composer. Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe also lent their musical talents by writing the lyrics to the musical numbers. The following is a set list of the songs they created:
Think of Me
Angel of Music
Little Lotte/The Mirror (Angel of Music)
The Phantom of the Opera
The Music of the Night
I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It
Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh
Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul, I've Been There
All I Ask of You
All I Ask of You (Reprise)
Masquerade/Why So Silent
Notes/Twisted Every Way
Wishing you Were Somehow Here Again Christine Wandering Child/Bravo, Bravo
Carlotta, Piangi, Passarino and Company The Point of No Return
Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer
SET DESIGN AND SPECIAL EFFECTS
The set and special effects are simple, yet extraordinary. The falling of the chandelier in the beginning might look staged, but you still get a sense of forebodingness. This scene sets the stage for a very interesting story, and is the trademark for the show.
In my opinion, the boat scene is the most remarkable. The Phantom is paddling across the stage which seems to be dimly lit by candles. It is so beautiful!
If you have not seen the theatrical version of The Phantom of the Opera, I suggest you do so. Even if you are not a fan of opera, musicals or theater, this just might change your mind. Before this show, I was not a fan either. Since then, however, I have a new appreciation for the theatrical arts and am involved with various productions in my old college. This musical opened up a whole new world for me, and Im very thankful that I put my opinion aside to see this remarkable piece of art.
I've had never been to the theatre before and i only went because we had bought the tickets for my father in law but he ended up not coming down so we had to use the tickets or waste them. I was glade we used the it was a brilliant show, when i went John Owen-jones played the phantom and what a brilliant job he did. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time watching, there was one moment when the chandilier fell when you was'nt quite expecting it that gave everybody a jump, the way they managed to move all the scenery at the right time was great all the actors and actresses played their parts brilliantly. I never thought i would like theatre shows but it was one of the best experiences i have ever had.
The show originally started back in 1986 when the original phantom was Michael Crawford, it was given good ratings then and i still think it's a brilliant show to go and see i'd like to go and see it again.
It is being shown at Her Majesty's Theatre in Haymarket London and ticket prices range from between £33 & £60 it is well worth going to see but make sure you take plenty of money with you as their bar is a little bit on the expensive side, they also bring round the snack trays that you can buy from. When you leave you can buy some momento's from their shop which is by the door, which has a range of c.d's, t-shirts, mugs and so on.
At the moment the shows are showing from monday-saturday evenings at 7.30pm and tuesdays & saturday matinees at 2.30pm. It is a short walk from charing cross train station.