Has been called Her Majesty's and His Majesty's as appropriate over the years. Originally opened 9 Apr 1705. Was the first English opera house. Burned down, 1789, re-opened 1791. Burned down 1867, re-opened in 1869. Demolished 1890. New theatre opened 1897. [RADA] originally started here. 1229 seats. Society of London Theatre member.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running musical in Broadway history and the second-longest-running West End musical.
Phantom is the story of a terrifying and legendary figure that emerges from the depths of The Paris Opera House. The Phantom falls in love with the young Soprano Christine Daae devoting himself to creating a new star for the Opera by nurturing her extraordinary talents and employing all the skills at his disposal.
The Phantom of the Opera Broadway opened in 1988 and is the longest-running musical in Broadway history and in 2004 The Phantom of the Opera film was released, directed by Joel Schumacher.
Phantom won two 1986 Olivier Awards and two 1988 Tony Awards.
The show has been seen in 149 cities in 25 countries, and has played to over 100 million people. It is the most financially successful musical of all time, with estimated worldwide grosses to date of over US$5 billion, making The Phantom of the Opera musical the most successful entertainment venture of all time.
Phantom of the Opera songs include Think of Me, Angel of Music, Music of the Night, All I ask of You and of course The Phantom of the Opera
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Generally, I'm not one for musicals, let alone operas. But Andrew Lloyd Webber'sThe Phantom of the Opera is an exception. For me, it represents an evangelical rebirth of sorts, the light at the end of a dark tunnel - for the second time now. This show has something for everyone and more besides.
Based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, this is the tale of an enigmatic “phantom” (Peter Cousins) who lurks beneath the Paris Opera House, “haunting” and hating all who dare enter. Except that is for chorus girl Christine Daae (Shona Lindsay) who he falls in love with and teaches to sing so magnificently that she's elevated to show Diva. His passion turns to jealousy when she succumbs to the advances of old flame Raoul (Mike Sterling). The two forces collide with devastating effect.
What makes The Phantom of the Opera so compelling is the emotional and visual feast it conjures up. Every element of this complex production is drawn together with flair under Harold Prince's direction. Maria Bjornson's sets and costumes dazzle, creating a 'pinch me, am I awake?' sense of reality that left me wondering why on earth I recently paid the admission to the latest Hollywood, F-X blockbuster. The speed and dramatic changes of the set's shape and texture confounded my mind and still leaves the scientist in me wondering 'just how did they do that?'.
In this state, the mind is seduced into unequivocally believing the story and the characters. The performances are equally brilliant, causing the scenes to flow from one to another without effort. The only time I surfaced from the hypnotic lull was to question how a young and naive Christine could play the tempestuous heroine in the phantom's opera with such ease. Perhaps what they say about chorus girls....
The wonderful piece “Masquerade” epitomises the play's mystical energy. A grand staircase dominates the stage, rising from the floor, winding into the ceiling's shadows, and creating the ideal forum for every one of the cast to show off. Their costumes flash and glimmer so brilliantly that your attention is pulled every which way, recreating the buzz and excitement of an East End flower market. And when the chorus is sung, the power of the unaccompanied voices leaves you feeling humbled.
The Phantom of the Opera has the power to appeal to everyone, regardless of age, sex, culture and even language. As is the case with reborn believers, our work is to spread the faith to the masses. And, like it or not, you'll be whistling the choruses on your journey home.
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