History Theatre / ThePhantomOfTheOpera

15th Jun '18 12:25:32 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AdaptationExpansion:
** The 25th anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall, which features several parts of the original libretto that usually aren't performed, expands upon the Phantom's backstory, incorporating elements of it from the novel. Madame Giry claims to have seen him in a freakshow in a traveling fair several years before, where it was said that he was formerly a torturer for the Shah, and that she later heard he had escaped. She recognized him as the Phantom by his eyes.

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* AdaptationExpansion:
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AdaptationExpansion: The 25th anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall, which features several parts of the original libretto that usually aren't performed, expands upon the Phantom's backstory, incorporating elements of it from the novel. Madame Giry claims to have seen him in a freakshow in a traveling fair several years before, where it was said that he was formerly a torturer for the Shah, and that she later heard he had escaped. She recognized him as the Phantom by his eyes.



* CrosscastRole:
** Christine as the Page Boy, in an InUniverse example. And her character's name "Serafimo" is a ShoutOut to "Cherubino", another cross-cast role in the real-life opera ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro''.

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CrosscastRole: Christine as the Page Boy, in an InUniverse example. And her character's name "Serafimo" is a ShoutOut to "Cherubino", another cross-cast role in the real-life opera ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro''.



* 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 scene together, they are in fact engaged! Fortunately the six-month TimeSkip is made explicit, lending a ''bit'' more credibility to that development.)

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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]].
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audience]]. (And by their third scene together, they are in fact engaged! Fortunately the six-month TimeSkip is made explicit, lending a ''bit'' more credibility to that development.)



* IrrelevantActOpener:
** "Masquerade". (Though they do manage to tie the song itself back into an emotional moment with the Phantom near the end of the show, and even at the beginning of Act 2 it could be seen as a metaphor for the Phantom's situation.)

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* IrrelevantActOpener:
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IrrelevantActOpener: "Masquerade". (Though they do manage to tie the song itself back into an emotional moment with the Phantom near the end of the show, and even at the beginning of Act 2 it could be seen as a metaphor for the Phantom's situation.)



* OriginalCastPrecedent: In every replica production of the theatrical Phantom (and most non-replica ones) Christine has brown or nearly black hair (despite the fact that in the book, Christine is blonde); the original West End Christine, Sarah Brightman, has very dark hair. Other inspiration may have come from the 1925 film, in which Mary Philbin has dark hair. Really Useful Group has also been known to keep a tight leash on character designs and appearances, so ExecutiveMeddling may come into play here.

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* OriginalCastPrecedent: OriginalCastPrecedent:
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In every replica production of the theatrical Phantom (and most non-replica ones) Christine has brown or nearly black hair (despite the fact that in the book, Christine is blonde); the original West End Christine, Sarah Brightman, has very dark hair. Other inspiration may have come from the 1925 film, in which Mary Philbin has dark hair. Really Useful Group has also been known to keep a tight leash on character designs and appearances, so ExecutiveMeddling may come into play here.



* ShoutOut:
** The notes as the Count and Countess sing goodbye to each other in "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh" sounds like the "Vincerò," part from "Nessun Dorma" of Theatre/{{Tosca}}.

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* ShoutOut:
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ShoutOut: The notes as the Count and Countess sing goodbye to each other in "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh" sounds like the "Vincerò," part from "Nessun Dorma" of Theatre/{{Tosca}}.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Joseph Buquet really doesn't do much while he's alive besides loom about the place, tell the corps de ballet scary stories about the Phantom and set up the ChekhovsGun of the Punjab lasso - but his shocking death is the final nail in the coffin of Christine deciding the Phantom is ''bad news'' and choosing Raoul; all (further) hell breaks loose from there.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: SmallRoleBigImpact:
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Joseph Buquet really doesn't do much while he's alive besides loom about the place, tell the corps de ballet scary stories about the Phantom and set up the ChekhovsGun of the Punjab lasso - but his shocking death is the final nail in the coffin of Christine deciding the Phantom is ''bad news'' and choosing Raoul; all (further) hell breaks loose from there.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The Hungarian and Polish productions look nothing like the Broadway/London versions--hair, costumes, sets, blocking, etc. The Polish production even looks far more like the 2004 movie rather than the musical. The producers actually had to get special permission from TPTB for this.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
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The Hungarian and Polish productions look nothing like the Broadway/London versions--hair, costumes, sets, blocking, etc. The Polish production even looks far more like the 2004 movie rather than the musical. The producers actually had to get special permission from TPTB for this.
6th Jun '18 3:09:11 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalNationality: Carlotta is Spanish in the book, but the musical makes her Italian.
5th Jun '18 1:53:34 PM RoseAndHeather
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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 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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''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 starring Sierra Boggess as Christine and Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom, ''(both Phantom[[note]]both of whom originated the same roles in the Andrew Lloyd Webber's 2010 sequel)''.
sequel ''Love Never Dies''[[/note]].
10th May '18 7:10:31 PM mylordshesacactus
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* GoodIsNotNice: Madame Giry is nothing short of ''creepy,'' and commands instant compliance from everyone associated with the opera house through intimidation as much as respect. But when played well she clearly loves her daughter, is one of the few people who consistently treats Christine with compassion and protectiveness, and spends the entire play desperately trying to keep people safe--hushing even people she doesn't particularly like when they start to say things that might anger the Phantom and at times even pleading with the management not to give in to hubris that will place them and others in danger.
4th Apr '18 2:08:32 PM RoseAndHeather
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* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Christine and Meg are ''very'' close, and very physically affectionate, to boot. They're constantly holding hands, whispering together, etc., and Meg is Christine's most unstinting support throughout.
18th Mar '18 10:21:57 PM Quivico
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''[[FanNickname Phantom]]'' is an absolute ''juggernaut'' of a musical; if it's not the most iconic musical in the world, it is superseded in that regard only by ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', another Cameron Mackintosh production (and coincidentally alsoshout based on a French novel), which began its run a year earlier. ''Les Mis'' remains the longest-running musical theatre production in the world, having been going in the West End continuously since 1985, but with the close of ''Les Mis'' on Broadway in 2003, ''The Phantom of the Opera'' -- which is still running on Broadway and in London -- holds the crown as the longest-running ''Broadway'' musical in history. It's also one of the most successful entertainment ventures of all time and for many years was THE most successful ([[http://nationaltours.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo_Flash_PHANTOM_Tour_Becomes_First_to_Reach_7000_Performances_20100128 see here]]). It has only been outgrossed by the Disney stage musical ''Theatre/TheLionKing'' as of September 2014.

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''[[FanNickname Phantom]]'' is an absolute ''juggernaut'' of a musical; if it's not the most iconic musical in the world, it is superseded in that regard only by ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', another Cameron Mackintosh production (and coincidentally alsoshout also based on a French novel), which began its run a year earlier. ''Les Mis'' remains the longest-running musical theatre production in the world, having been going in the West End continuously since 1985, but with the close of ''Les Mis'' on Broadway in 2003, ''The Phantom of the Opera'' -- which is still running on Broadway and in London -- holds the crown as the longest-running ''Broadway'' musical in history. It's also one of the most successful entertainment ventures of all time and for many years was THE most successful ([[http://nationaltours.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo_Flash_PHANTOM_Tour_Becomes_First_to_Reach_7000_Performances_20100128 see here]]). It has only been outgrossed by the Disney stage musical ''Theatre/TheLionKing'' as of September 2014.
7th Feb '18 2:39:30 PM annieholmes
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''[[FanNickname Phantom]]'' is an absolute ''juggernaut'' of a musical; if it's not the most iconic musical in the world, it is superseded in that regard only by ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', another Cameron Mackintosh production (and coincidentally also based on a French novel), which began its run a year earlier. ''Les Mis'' remains the longest-running musical theatre production in the world, having been going in the West End continuously since 1985, but with the close of ''Les Mis'' on Broadway in 2003, ''The Phantom of the Opera'' -- which is still running on Broadway and in London -- holds the crown as the longest-running ''Broadway'' musical in history. It's also one of the most successful entertainment ventures of all time and for many years was THE most successful ([[http://nationaltours.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo_Flash_PHANTOM_Tour_Becomes_First_to_Reach_7000_Performances_20100128 see here]]). It has only been outgrossed by the Disney stage musical ''Theatre/TheLionKing'' as of September 2014.

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''[[FanNickname Phantom]]'' is an absolute ''juggernaut'' of a musical; if it's not the most iconic musical in the world, it is superseded in that regard only by ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', another Cameron Mackintosh production (and coincidentally also alsoshout based on a French novel), which began its run a year earlier. ''Les Mis'' remains the longest-running musical theatre production in the world, having been going in the West End continuously since 1985, but with the close of ''Les Mis'' on Broadway in 2003, ''The Phantom of the Opera'' -- which is still running on Broadway and in London -- holds the crown as the longest-running ''Broadway'' musical in history. It's also one of the most successful entertainment ventures of all time and for many years was THE most successful ([[http://nationaltours.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo_Flash_PHANTOM_Tour_Becomes_First_to_Reach_7000_Performances_20100128 see here]]). It has only been outgrossed by the Disney stage musical ''Theatre/TheLionKing'' as of September 2014.



* MythologyGag: Lloyd Webber has admitted to being inspired by the 1925 film version, and there are a couple of clear shout outs. Most obvious is the angry mob going after the Phantom near the end, but the flower hoops held by the Sylphides in the "Il Muto" ballet also match those used in one of the film ballets.



** Lloyd Webber has admitted to being inspired by the 1925 film version, and there are a couple of clear shout outs. Most obvious is the angry mob going after the Phantom near the end, but the flower hoops held by the Sylphides in the "Il Muto" ballet also match those used in one of the film ballets.

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** Lloyd Webber has admitted to being inspired by The notes as the 1925 film version, Count and there are a couple of clear shout outs. Most obvious is Countess sing goodbye to each other in "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh" sounds like the angry mob going after the Phantom near the end, but the flower hoops held by the Sylphides in the "Il Muto" ballet also match those used in one "Vincerò," part from "Nessun Dorma" of the film ballets.Theatre/{{Tosca}}.
24th Jan '18 6:33:24 PM DrOO7
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* RaceLift: In the early 90's, Robert Gulliame became the first African-American actor to play the Phantom when he replaced Michael Crawford in the Los Angeles production. Norm Lewis became the second--and Broadway's first--after 26 years in 2014, and Derrick Davis became the third as part of the U.S. tour. Meanwhile, Margaret Ann Gates was the first Asian Christine in the Toronto production while Ali Edwolt was the first on Broadway, and Jordan Donica was the first African-American Raoul, and Patricia Phillips the first African-American Carlotta.
24th Jan '18 6:05:37 PM DrOO7
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The Hungarian and Polish productions look nothing like the Broadway/London versions--hair, costumes, sets, blocking, etc. The Polish production even looks far more like the 2004 movie rather than the musical. The producers actually had to get special permission from TPTB for this. The recent US and UK tours have some differences as well.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The Hungarian and Polish productions look nothing like the Broadway/London versions--hair, costumes, sets, blocking, etc. The Polish production even looks far more like the 2004 movie rather than the musical. The producers actually had to get special permission from TPTB for this. this.
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The recent US and UK tours have some considerable differences as well.
6th Jan '18 10:23:48 PM nombretomado
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** The guys playing Raoul can be pretty hot as well. Heck, JohnBarrowman (yes, the same guy who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Series/DoctorWho and ''Torchwood'') played Raoul in the West End in 1993 and was supposed to be the first Raoul in Love Never Dies!

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** The guys playing Raoul can be pretty hot as well. Heck, JohnBarrowman Creator/JohnBarrowman (yes, the same guy who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Series/DoctorWho and ''Torchwood'') played Raoul in the West End in 1993 and was supposed to be the first Raoul in Love Never Dies!
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