History Theatre / ThePhantomOfTheOpera

19th Aug '16 4:44:30 PM slvstrChung
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* DiegeticMusic: the show takes place in an ''opera'' house, and several (very abbreviated) theatrical productions are staged over the course of its run-time. About a quarter of its music is diegetic.
14th Aug '16 2:07:11 PM SMARTALIENQT
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* GoThroughMe: In "The Final Lair," Christine throws herself between the Phantom and Raoul, with some versions having her go so far as to try to free him from the rope.
4th Jun '16 4:19:57 PM morenohijazo
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* ForgottenFramingDevice: The show opens with an elderly Raoul attending an auction of the opera house's items which segues into main story when they show the chandelier. Raoul's lines imply that Christine has died but the play ends with her still alive and never returns to the framing story.

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* ForgottenFramingDevice: The show opens with an elderly Raoul attending an auction of the opera house's items which segues into main story when they show the chandelier. Raoul's lines imply that Christine has died but the play ends with her still alive and never returns to the framing story. (The film version does but it's a silent scene adding no new elements.)
28th Apr '16 10:47:08 PM PaulA
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* ForgottenFramingDevice: The show opens with an elderly Raoul attending an auction of the opera house's items which segues into main story when they show the chandelier. Raoul's lines imply that Christine has died but the play ends with her still alive and never returns to the framing story.
23rd Apr '16 11:16:53 PM MasoTey
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* StylisticSuck: The three fictional operas performed in the course of the story (''Hannibal'', a parody of the grand late classical operas from the like of Meyerbeer and Gluck, ''Il Muto'', an obvious parody of Mozart -- or one of that crowd -- and ''Don Juan Triumphant'', Sir Andrew's spoof on serialism in modern opera, overwrought with dissonance, and bathing in clichés.

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* StylisticSuck: The three fictional operas performed in the course of the story (''Hannibal'', story: ''Hannibal'', a parody of the grand late classical operas from the like of Meyerbeer and Gluck, ''Il Muto'', an obvious parody of Mozart -- or one of that crowd -- and ''Don Juan Triumphant'', Sir Andrew's spoof on serialism in modern opera, overwrought with dissonance, and bathing in clichés.
23rd Apr '16 10:35:48 AM DrOO7
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* MoodWhiplash: Whatever romantic feelings the audience may have watching Christine and Raoul sing a love duet evaporate ''fast'' into a MassOhCrap once they leave the stage and the Phantom emerges from behind a statue, revealing that he's seen and heard everything and is ''pissed''. Audiences have been known to gasp in horror at this moment.



** At least in the musical she was an adult when she first encountered the Phantom! In the film she came to live in the opera house when she was about seven and believed the Phantom was her dead father for ''ten years'' - which no doubt left her ''very'' confused when her 'father' started running his hands all over her in ''Music of the Night.''
15th Apr '16 3:18:17 PM slvstrChung
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* FourthDateMarriage: it's not clear how much time elapses over the course of the first act.[[note]]Christine has her first aria, "Think Of Me," and then absconds with the Phantom. The next morning, he decrees that, "in the new production of ''Il Muto''," Christine and Carlotta should swap roles. The next scene is said opera in performance, but how long did it take the Opera Populaire to assemble it?[[/note]] What ''is'' clear is that in Christine and Raoul's ''second scene together'', they're singing "All I Ask Of You" and pledging their love. True, they may have been hanging out in the intervening time; true, they grew up together; but it's still only their second interaction [[ShowDontTell privy to the audience]].
** (And by their third, they are in fact engaged! Fortunately the six-month TimeSkip is made explicit, lending a ''bit'' more credibility to that development.)
3rd Apr '16 6:14:14 PM DrOO7
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** Also in the miniseries. Several flashbacks are dedicated to Christine and Philippe having been childhood sweethearts, along with depicting the love story between Eric's parents.






** In the miniseries, it's heavily implied that part of the reason Erik loves Christine is because of her resemblance to his mother, who, unlike in most adaptations of the story, ''adored'' him and saw him as perfect.
2nd Apr '16 4:32:25 PM DrOO7
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** In the 2004 film it's explained how Madame Giry came to know and unofficially 'work' for the Phantom; when she was a teenager and he was presumably around ten, she helped him to escape from a travelling fair where he was abused and exhibited as a human oddity, and showed him a place to hide in the opera house.
** Christine's backstory gets a little more development as well, showing how she came to the opera house as a young girl



* AgeCut: Raoul, Mdme. Giry, and both The Phantom and Christine in the 2004 movie.
* AlternateUniverse: The film version ''has'' to be taking place in one of these. In RealLife, Paris in late 1870 was under heavy siege by the Germans, whereas in the film there's nary a hint of the Franco-Prussian War.



* BigDamnKiss: In the movie adaptation of the musical, Christine and The Phantom's kiss seems to go on for about five minutes. Good thing it's beautiful.



* BroughtDownToNormal: The Phantom of the show (possibly) has at least some supernatural abilities, while the film is careful to show its audience how he carries out all his tricks and stunts.
* CanonDiscontinuity: It would be impossible to make a film adaptation of ''Love Never Dies'' without breaking continuity with the 2004 movie, since it had established that [[spoiler:Christine dies in 1918, with the implication that it was because of the flu pandemic]].
* ColorMotif: Red in the movie musical symbolizing undying love and all consuming obsession.



** "Phantom's Notes II" got really dark in the movie musical when it was combined with "Why So Silent?", where he's threatening everyone with a sword.



* FramingDevice: The show opens well after the events of plot have taken place and then "flash back" to the past. The 2004 movie also, which goes from present-day to past several times.

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* FramingDevice: The show opens well after the events of plot have taken place and then "flash back" to the past. The 2004 movie also, which goes from present-day to past several times.



* HallOfMirrors: A straight version of the trope appears in the film, when Raoul follows the Phantom down a trapdoor after ''"Why so Silent"'' and finds himself trapped in a mirror maze.

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* HallOfMirrors: A straight version of the trope appears in the film, when Raoul follows the Phantom down a trapdoor after ''"Why so Silent"'' and finds himself trapped in a mirror maze.HallOfMirrors:



** Even more so in the movie version, largely due to the choice to hire younger, prettier actors than are usually cast in the stage show (Gerard Butler especially). Emmy Rossum being only eighteen to Butler's thirty-five makes Point of No Return kind of [[{{Squick}} ...uncomfortable]]. Also, most of the stage actresses are only in their twenties, and are [[http://i55.tinypic.com/2pzl2z6.jpg very]] [[http://i51.tinypic.com/2h6ve47.jpg sexy]] [[http://i52.tinypic.com/2zsbhfk.jpg indeed.]]

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** Even more so in the movie version, largely due to the choice to hire younger, prettier actors than are usually cast in the stage show (Gerard Butler especially). Emmy Rossum being only eighteen to Butler's thirty-five makes Point of No Return kind of [[{{Squick}} ...uncomfortable]]. Also, most of the stage actresses are only in their twenties, and are [[http://i55.tinypic.com/2pzl2z6.jpg very]] [[http://i51.tinypic.com/2h6ve47.jpg sexy]] [[http://i52.tinypic.com/2zsbhfk.jpg indeed.]]



* InsistentTerminology: In the movie version of the musical, Gilles André would like to point out that he is in the business of ''scrap metal'', not junk. And let's not forget that the Phantom calls racketeering his "salary".

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* InsistentTerminology: In the movie version of the musical, Gilles André would like to point out that he is in the business of ''scrap metal'', not junk. And let's not forget that the The Phantom calls racketeering his "salary".



* LargeHam: Creator/MinnieDriver's Carlotta steals a lot of her scenes.



** 2004 film: The lyrics are all about [[http://blogs.naplesnews.com/stage-door/ThePhantomOfTheOperaCompanyMasquaradePhotocreditCatherineAshmore.jpg how colorful the costumes are]], but aside from [[SplashOfColor Christine's pink dress and Erik's Red Death costume]] everyone's wearing [[http://broadwaystars.com/ellis-nassour/POTOSchuMasquerade.jpg black, white, and gold]] (a little surprising coming from from [[JoelSchumacher the guy]] who directed ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'').

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** 2004 film: The lyrics are all about [[http://blogs.naplesnews.com/stage-door/ThePhantomOfTheOperaCompanyMasquaradePhotocreditCatherineAshmore.jpg how colorful the costumes are]], but aside from [[SplashOfColor Christine's pink dress and Erik's Red Death costume]] everyone's wearing [[http://broadwaystars.com/ellis-nassour/POTOSchuMasquerade.jpg black, white, and gold]] (a little surprising coming from from [[JoelSchumacher the guy]] who directed ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'').



* ManlyTears: Gerard Butler skillfully looks manly whilst simultaneously crying and wearing a frilly shirt.

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* ManlyTears: Gerard Butler skillfully looks manly whilst simultaneously crying and wearing a frilly shirt.The Phantom breaks down every time he loses Christine, especially at the end.



** However, the film version makes it very clear that all the stunts he pulls are merely clever tricks, leaving the more supernatural stuff out altogether and explaining other things away by showing the Phantom pulling a lever to raise the gates, or messing with Carlotta's throat spray in order to make her croak.



** And in the 2004 movie, you have Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson with an American accent, Simon Callow, Ciaran Hinds and Jennifer Ellison with an English accent, Gerard Butler with an English accent though he sometimes has a case of OohMeAccentsSlipping during his singing, making his Scottish accent show off, Minnie Driver with an Italian accent since, after all, she's Carlotta, aaaand... Miranda Richardson with a French accent. The mix of American and English accents could be acceptable since we are after all in France, but the fact that Madame Giry seems to be the only person with a French accent breaks it all.



** Electra Complex. Part of Christine's attraction to the Phantom is that he reminds her of her father. (Note how most of the lyrics in "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" could just as easily apply to the Phantom.) WordOfGod said that in the movie, M. Daaé was deliberately cast to look like Gerard Butler.
** Made better by M. Daaé being played in the film by Ramin Karimloo, who played the Phantom in ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'' and the 25th Anniversary Concert (and is quite well-known in the Phantom fandom for being the apex of sexy stage Phantoms). Karimloo is the only actor to play all three of the men Christine has loved.

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** Electra Complex. Part of Christine's attraction to the Phantom is that he reminds her of her father. (Note how most of the lyrics in "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" could just as easily apply to the Phantom.) WordOfGod said that in the movie, M. Daaé was deliberately cast to look like Gerard Butler.
** Made better by M. Daaé being played in the film by Ramin Karimloo, who played the Phantom in ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'' and the 25th Anniversary Concert (and is quite well-known in the Phantom fandom for being the apex of sexy stage Phantoms). Karimloo is the only actor to play all three of the men Christine has loved.



* PlayingGertrude: While the Phantom of the book is ''at least'' about fifty, the Phantom on stage is being played by successively younger actors. Gerard Butler was famously about 35 when he played the part in the 2004 film, while Ramin Karimloo was 30 when he portrayed the Phantom in LoveNeverDies.

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* PlayingGertrude: While the Phantom of the book is ''at least'' about fifty, the Phantom on stage is being played by successively younger actors. Gerard Butler was famously about 35 when he played the part in the 2004 film, while Ramin actors--Ramin Karimloo was 30 when he portrayed the Phantom in LoveNeverDies.



* ProductPlacement: In the movie version, the "hero" version of the chandelier was sponsored by Swarovski Crystals. There's a scene with a Swarovski store window, which depicts the Swarovski swan logo. However, the [[AnachronismStew logo at the time]] would have been a flower.



* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet: In the film version of the musical, the Phantom places Christine on the back of a horse and uses it to carry her the length of a short corridor before abandoning it again.



** In the movie, when Carlotta is on the verge of walking out (for the first time) and the new managers appeal to Lefevre on how to convince her to remain, his response, right down to tone and inflection, is very familiar from another ALW production: [[Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat "Grovel--grovel, grovel!"]]



** This could be unintentional but behind the conductor during "Think of Me", there's a woman dressed almost exactly like {{Disney/Cinderella}} in her ballgown.



* SnowMeansLove: The 2004 movie of the musical. As Raoul and Christine romance on the Opera House Roof, it conveniently starts to snow.



* WholeCostumeReference:
** In the 2004 film, Emmy Rossum's costume in "Think Of Me" is practically an exact copy of that worn by Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi) in [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Empress_Elisabeth_of_Austria_with_diamond_stars_on_her_hair.jpg the famous portrait by Franz Winterhalter]], right down to the hairstyle and the diamond stars in it. It doesn't hurt that Rossum is a dead ringer for the empress to begin with.
** The Phantom's "Red Death" outfit in the 2004 movie also appears to have been based on [[http://www.canvaz.com/napoleon/napoleon-011.jpg one of Napoleon Bonaparte's uniforms]] (though with a skull mask and a longer cloak added).
* WifeHusbandry: Unfortunately this comes across more than a little in the 2004 film, where the Phantom watches over Christine from when she arrived at the opera house when she was a very young girl, and makes his move when she's still only ''sixteen.'' Plus, she originally thinks her 'Angel of Music' ''is'' her father, or at least his ghost. He's basically grooming her.
24th Mar '16 3:32:59 PM ajitter89
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''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has perhaps the most well-known adaptation in Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's wildly successful musical. The musical premiered in London in 1986 and Broadway in 1988 and has been running in both locations ever since. The musical was itself made into [[TheMovie a movie]] in 2004 after years in DevelopmentHell, starring Emmy Rossum as Christine and Gerard Butler as Erik, the Phantom. In 2011, London's Royal Albert Hall hosted a 25th anniversary staging that was released on video the following year.

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''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has perhaps the most well-known adaptation in Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's wildly successful musical. The musical premiered in London in 1986 and Broadway in 1988 and has been running in both locations ever since. The musical was itself made into [[TheMovie a movie]] in 2004 after years in DevelopmentHell, starring Emmy Rossum as Christine and Gerard Butler as Erik, the Phantom. In 2011, London's Royal Albert Hall hosted a 25th anniversary staging that was released on video the following year.
year starring Sierra Boggess as Christine and Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom, ''(both of whom originated the same roles in the Andrew Lloyd Webber's 2010 sequel)''.
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