Phantom Of The Opera ~ 2012, Uk Tour
Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:06 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:49 PM
BTW, also gone is the Red Death. This too is a part of the original story if I remember it correctly. But it was replaced by an ordinary looking army officer sort of uniform with a full-face golden mask which spilts in half later. Now, I do wish they kept an aspect of Red Death, but I am very relieved that the original's Red Death costume is gone. This is what I meant by "silly" things in the original (don't kill me, I am an enthusistic fan of the original too!). That design, IMO, was a little OTT. I'd even call it a bit indulgent of the designer. In fact, I am not at all keen on the entire collection of Mascarade costumes - too many colours, too many fabrics - though that's exactly what the designer intended. But, Red Death costume is in a different level. I wouldn't be surprised if that costume caused some laughters in the auditorium. At least, I feel like giggling everytime I see it.So, now Red Death is gone. And I am very happy about it.
Oh and, so is the wired Chinese costume the Phantom wears in his Lair. It might've been fashonable in Paris around that time, but it does look wiered, so I didn't like it either. Bye bye funny costumes.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:58 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:11 PM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:56 AM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:07 PM
That's clearly not sustainable cost wise, and there were / still are only a handful of venues in the UK equipped to accomodate that size of show.
So they've had the dilemma of - do you scale down the original, or create a new version, capable of touring to more venues etc etc.
That said, it is a shame that something more couldn't be done creatively to suggest the chandelier dropping - projections etc...
Really looking forward to seeing it in Manchester!
Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:01 PM
I remember hearing on a tour of the Mayflower Theatre that they had to cope with eight or so lorries queing down the road when the Phantom came in January 2000. There was not even a pantomine during that winter because of it.
The Mayflower now has a proper loading bay for large scale productions (oh, the irony)
Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:14 PM
I remember the same at the Bradford Alhambra... Much as a lot of people love the original show, it's one of the most 'untourable' (is that a word??) shows around for most of our regional Victorian & Edwardian venues (unlke the US with their mega converted movie palaces). Personally then I think it's better to have created a completely new show rather than a cut down, pale, watered down imitation of the original. With such specific stage actions as crashing chandeliers though, it needs more than a bit of creativity to stage.... Interesting what some people have said about the how the Budapest staging achieved it. Seems to me that they've made a conscious, deliberate decision to move away from physically depicting it falling.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:20 PM
Yes, I can actually appreciate the homage side of Red Death. All I am saying is that very few actor (if any at all) can look good (or at least not gigglable) in that costume, unless it's the film version's design and the actor is Gerard Butler.
Another odd thing gone is the shadow-theatre-ish bit of Bouquet's(is it how his name is spelled?) hanging. I like it much better now the Phantoms disguises as a stage-hand and actually hangs him, instead of mimicking hanging using his own neck to demonstrate (?) what's going to happen. Isn't it a little undignified of Phantom to do such a thing?
Besides it gives the Phantom more stage time albeit also giving him the burden of another costume change.
May I just add that I like his new wig. It suits JOJ much better (the original wig only suits actors with slim faces...if I may say so..) and makes him look like a tormented composer than an elusive phantom-like figure. It suits the new productions's less gothic take too. The Phantoms is there as a human-being and still doing terrifying things to people in the opera house.
That's why, in my view, that the new MotN look works in this new production. The composer side of the Phantom is more emphasised than in the original. Though I can still understand why some people don't like the new MotN, I would also like to point out that the original choreography can appear too stylised with possibly puzzling implications, depending on who are playing the 2 leads. In fact, "less stylised" is one of the main reasons I like the new version very much. I love the original to death (and JOJ!!), but the new version shows that less-gothic and less-stylised also work.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:00 PM
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