History Theatre / ThePhantomOfTheOpera

22nd Jun '17 5:06:02 PM lalaTKG
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* SadisticChoice: "Twisted Every Way" and the "Point of No Return" reprise, where Christine is forced first to choose between justice and the man who, despite everything, inspired her voice; and then between staying with that crazed man forever and saving Raoul, or refusign him and letting Raoul die.

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* SadisticChoice: "Twisted Every Way" and the "Point of No Return" reprise, where Christine is forced first to choose between justice and the man who, despite everything, inspired her voice; and then between staying with that crazed man forever and saving Raoul, or refusign refusing him and letting Raoul die.
13th Jun '17 10:05:36 AM AdelePotter
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** When the Phantom shouts, "DID I NOT INSTRUCT THAT BOX FIVE WAS TO BE LEFT EMPTY?!", the audience members ''actually'' sitting in Box Five will get a nice little surprise. [[spoiler:There's a speaker set up in there.]]
17th Apr '17 5:37:18 AM Ciara25
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* {{The Gentleman or the Scoundrel}}: Raoul and Erik. One's a bright and bubbly young Vicomte who's known Christine since childhood. The other's a masked genius who taught her to sing -- and who lives under the opera house and possibly has more than a few screws loose. Choices, choices...

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* {{The Gentleman or the Scoundrel}}: Raoul and Erik.the Phantom. One's a bright and bubbly young Vicomte who's known Christine since childhood. The other's a enigmatic masked genius who taught her to sing -- and who lives under the opera house and possibly clearly has more than a few screws loose. Choices, choices...



** The guys playing Raoul can be pretty hot as well. I mean, 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. I mean, heck, 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!



* IdiotBall: The Phantom grabs hold of this ''hard'' late in the first act. He doesn't seem to consider that, even if Christine enjoyed seeing Carlotta being completely humiliated -- which she clearly doesn't -- the fact that he ''murdered a guy and hung him over the stage'' is going to have her running for the hills. Or the roof, as the case might be. But then again, the Phantom is hardly a rational man in any case...

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* IdiotBall: The Phantom grabs hold of this ''hard'' late in the first act. He doesn't seem to consider that, even if Christine enjoyed seeing Carlotta being completely humiliated -- which she clearly doesn't -- the fact that he ''murdered a guy Buquet and hung him over the stage'' is going to have her running for the hills. Or the roof, as the case might be. But then again, the Phantom is hardly a rational man in any case...
2nd Apr '17 6:56:15 AM Ciara25
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* OhCrap: When Christine is deep in character in the middle of "The Point of No Return", she's running his hands over 'Don Juan's' covered face -- and clearly feels the edge of a very familiar mask. She ''immediately'' breaks character and tries to run to safety in the wings, only for the Phantom to grab her and haul her back.
2nd Apr '17 6:49:49 AM Ciara25
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** If we're going to be picky, the Phantom's iconic fedora is technically one of these; while the musical is explicitly set in 1881, homburg hats - from which fedoras would develop - wouldn't rocket to popularity until later on in the 1880s.

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** If we're going to be picky, the Phantom's iconic fedora is technically one of these; while the musical is explicitly set in 1881, homburg hats - from which fedoras would develop - wouldn't didn't rocket to popularity until later on in the 1880s.



* AngryMobSong: "Track Down This Murderer", a reprise of the title song that's part of the lengthy climax.

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* AngryMobSong: "Track Down This Murderer", a reprise of the title song that's part of the lengthy climax.climax, as the police and members of the opera band together to hunt the Phantom down.



** A lot of understudies and alternates for the three major roles often ended up playing the role in this or other adaptations. (Ex. Rebecca Caine was an alternate Christine in the debut London production before being the main Christine in the Toronto production. Additionally, a lot of Raouls have ended up as Phantoms.

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** A lot of understudies and alternates for the three major roles often ended up playing the role in this or other adaptations. (Ex. Rebecca Caine was an alternate Christine in the debut London production before being the main Christine in the Toronto production. Additionally, a lot of Raouls have ended up as Phantoms.)



** Likewise, Madame Giry in the novel was a superstitious box keeper who wasn't aware of the Phantom's real nature. In this version, she's a much more savvy ballet mistress who's much more aware of who the Phantom is and what his goals are, and eventually helps Raoul to hunt him down.

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** Likewise, Madame Giry in the novel was a superstitious box keeper who wasn't aware of the Phantom's real nature. In this version, she's a much more severe and savvy ballet mistress who's much more aware of who the Phantom is and what his goals are, and eventually helps Raoul to hunt him down.



* ColorfulSong: "Masquerade".

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* ColorfulSong: "Masquerade"."Masquerade" which has all the cast (save Madame Giry) decked out gloriously elaborate and colorful costumes, and constantly singing about the colours of said costumes.



** "The Point of No Return" is also a double seduction scene: Don Juan (sung by the Phantom) is seducing Aminta (sung by Christine).

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** "The Point of No Return" is also a double seduction scene: Don Juan (sung by the Phantom) is seducing Aminta (sung by Christine).Christine) -- who unwittingly manages to seduce him right back!



* CreepyDoll: In the musical Erik has one of these in a broken mirror (just go with it) that suddenly lunges out and scares Christine senseless, causing her to faint.

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* CreepyDoll: In the musical Erik has one of these done up as a bride in a broken mirror (just go with it) that suddenly lunges out and scares Christine senseless, causing her to faint.



** 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 ''TheMarriageOfFigaro''.

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



** Christine is somewhat of a parallel example given how she's had to deal with the tragic death of her father.

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** Christine is somewhat of a parallel example example, given how she's had to deal with the tragic death of her father.



* ForgottenFramingDevice: The show opens with an elderly Raoul attending an auction of the opera house's items, which segues into the main story when they show the chandelier and it's hoisted up over the auditorium. Raoul's lines imply that Christine has died in the interim, 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.)

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* ForgottenFramingDevice: The show opens with an elderly Raoul attending an auction of the opera house's items, which segues into the main story when they show the chandelier and it's the prop is hoisted up over the auditorium. Raoul's lines imply that Christine has died in the interim, 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.)



* 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.

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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, the statue of the angel, revealing that he's seen and heard everything and is ''pissed''. Audiences have been known to gasp in horror at this moment.



* ObsessionSong: The reprise of "All I Ask of You" at the end of Act One.

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* ObsessionSong: The reprise of "All I Ask of You" at the end of Act One.One, as the Phantom swears revenge upon Christine for denying and rejecting him after all he's done for her.



** And the 2014 Broadway Phantom and Christine--Norm Lewis and Sierra Bogess, played father and daughter Triton and Ariel in the Broadway version of ''Theatre/TheLittleMermaid'', which will probably give their scenes this edge as well.

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** And the 2014 Broadway Phantom and Christine--Norm Christine -- Norm Lewis and Sierra Bogess, Bogess -- played father and daughter Triton and Ariel in the Broadway version of ''Theatre/TheLittleMermaid'', which will probably give rather gave their scenes this edge as well.



* PlayingGertrude: While the Phantom of the book is ''at least'' about fifty, the Phantom on stage is being played by successively younger actors--Ramin Karimloo was 30 when he portrayed the Phantom in LoveNeverDies.
* PointyHairedBoss: Played with when it comes to Andre and Firmin. They're not incompetent, per se - they do know how to run the opera house and what's most likely to get customers in seats, as well as winging it when the Phantom ruins Carlotta's singing - but they're really in way over their heads and defer to Raoul during the climax in order to get things done. You do have to feel sorry for them, though; they got into the opera business to make a profit, not to deal with a mad man who extorts absurdly large amounts of cash and drops chandeliers when he gets annoyed.

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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--Ramin actors -- Ramin Karimloo was 30 when he portrayed the Phantom in LoveNeverDies.
* PointyHairedBoss: Played with when it comes to Andre and Firmin. They're not entirely incompetent, per se - they do know how to run the opera house and what's most likely to get customers in seats, as well as winging it when the Phantom ruins Carlotta's singing - but they're really in way over their heads and defer to Raoul during the climax in order to get things done. You do have to feel sorry for them, though; they got into the opera business to make a profit, not to deal with a mad man who extorts absurdly large amounts of cash and drops chandeliers when he gets annoyed.



* SadisticChoice: "Twisted Every Way" and the "Point of No Return" reprise.

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* SadisticChoice: "Twisted Every Way" and the "Point of No Return" reprise.reprise, where Christine is forced first to choose between justice and the man who, despite everything, inspired her voice; and then between staying with that crazed man forever and saving Raoul, or refusign him and letting Raoul die.



* ThisIsAsFarAsIGo: Said word for word by Madame Giry as she leads Raoul to the Phantom's lair

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* ThisIsAsFarAsIGo: Said word for word by Madame Giry as she leads Raoul part of the way to the Phantom's lairlair, points him in the right direction and leaves him to make the rest of the way by himself.



* TheUnreveal: Although Madame Giry hints at the Phantom's MysteriousPast, it's never explained ''how'' she knows where his house is - or why she's unofficially on his 'payroll,' so to speak. (Aside from sheer terror, of course...)

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* TheUnreveal: Although Madame Giry hints at the Phantom's MysteriousPast, it's never explained ''how'' she knows where his house is - -- or why she's unofficially on his 'payroll,' so to speak. (Aside from sheer terror, of course...)



* VillainousBreakdown: The Phantom has one of these at the climax of ''both'' acts. The first time, after Christine chooses Raoul, he causes the chandelier to ''nearly fall on her.'' The second time, after she unmasks him in front of everyone, he tries to force her to marry him, despite the fact that an angry mob is hunting him down. [[AlasPoorVillain And both times it's incredibly painful to watch.]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: The Phantom has one of these at the climax of ''both'' acts. The first time, after Christine chooses Raoul, Raoul and denies him, he causes the chandelier to ''nearly fall on her.'' The second time, after she unmasks him in front of everyone, he tries to force her to marry him, despite the fact that an angry mob is hunting him down. [[AlasPoorVillain And both times it's incredibly painful to watch.]]
2nd Apr '17 5:57:46 AM Ciara25
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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.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: "Your chains are still mine..."
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "The Point of No Return".

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* DiegeticMusic: the 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.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: "Your The Phantom rips the chain with Christine's engangement ring of her neck at the climax of "Why So Silent?" as he snarls at her, ''"Your chains are still mine..."
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* TheElevenOClockNumber: "The Point of No Return".Return", the culmination of all the Phantom's schemes and seductions.



** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] as the role of the Phantom was written for, and is almost always played by, a tenor.
*** Played straight, however, with the casting of baritone Norm Lewis on Broadway.
** Going even further, a key aspect of the Phantom's relationship to Christine at the beginning is that he communicates to her through ''murmurings and whispers''.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] as the role of the Phantom was written for, and is almost always portrayed by, a tenor -- although this trope was played by, a tenor.
*** Played straight, however,
straight with the casting of baritone Norm Lewis on Broadway.
** Going even further, a key aspect of the Phantom's relationship to Christine at the beginning is that he communicates to her through ''murmurings murmurings and whispers''.whispers.



* 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.)

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* ForgottenFramingDevice: The show opens with an elderly Raoul attending an auction of the opera house's items items, which segues into the main story when they show the chandelier. chandelier and it's hoisted up over the auditorium. Raoul's lines imply that Christine has died in the interim, but the play ends with her still alive and never returns to the framing story. (The film version does does, but it's a silent scene adding no new elements.)



** (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.)

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



* FramingDevice: The show opens well after the events of plot have taken place and then "flash back" to the past.
* GambitPileup: At the beginning of the stage musical -- the change of the opera house's ownership means that ''everyone'' who wants things to change is trying to get a word in first. The Phantom's own machinations go unnoticed for some time because the new owners assume it's Raoul or one of the lesser players trying to stir up trouble.

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* FramingDevice: The show opens in 1905, well after the events of the plot have taken place place, with an older Raoul attending an auction at the opera house and witnessing the reveal of the broken chandelier, and then "flash "flashes back" to the past.
* GambitPileup: At the beginning of the stage musical -- beginning, the change of the opera house's ownership means that ''everyone'' who wants things to change is trying to get a word in first. The Phantom's own machinations go unnoticed for some time because the new owners assume it's Raoul or one of the lesser players trying to stir up trouble.



* {{The Gentleman or the Scoundrel}}: Raoul and Erik.

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* {{The Gentleman or the Scoundrel}}: Raoul and Erik. One's a bright and bubbly young Vicomte who's known Christine since childhood. The other's a masked genius who taught her to sing -- and who lives under the opera house and possibly has more than a few screws loose. Choices, choices...



** The guys playing Raoul can be pretty hot as well. I mean, heck, JohnBarrowman (yes, the same guy who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Series/DoctorWho and ''Torchwood'') played Raoul in 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. I mean, 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!



* IAmBecomingSong: "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", Christine recognizes how hard she's been trying to hold on the past and tries to move on.
* IdiotBall: The Phantom grabs hold of this ''hard'' late in the first act; he doesn't seem to consider that, even if Christine enjoyed seeing Carlotta being completely humiliated - which she clearly doesn't - the fact that he ''murdered a guy and hung him over the stage'' is going to have her running for the hills. Or the roof, as the case might be. But then again, the Phantom is hardly a rational man in any case...
* InsistentTerminology: The Phantom calls racketeering his "salary".

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* IAmBecomingSong: "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", Christine recognizes how hard she's been trying to hold on the past and the memories of her father -- which the Phantom has used to manipulate her -- and tries to move on.
* IdiotBall: The Phantom grabs hold of this ''hard'' late in the first act; he act. He doesn't seem to consider that, even if Christine enjoyed seeing Carlotta being completely humiliated - -- which she clearly doesn't - -- the fact that he ''murdered a guy and hung him over the stage'' is going to have her running for the hills. Or the roof, as the case might be. But then again, the Phantom is hardly a rational man in any case...
* InsistentTerminology: The Phantom calls his racketeering of the managers, and of Monsieur Lefevre before him, his "salary".



** "The Phantom of the Opera is INSIDE MY MIND!

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** "The Phantom of the Opera is there/here, INSIDE MY MIND!MIND!"



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

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



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** It's deliberately left ambiguous as to whether this version of the Phantom actually ''does'' have supernatural abilities. Some of the things he does, like the mirror and shooting fire from his staff, are understandable, but a lot more - causing the piano to play itself during the rehearsal of ''Don Juan Triumphant,'' creating the massive amounts of fire in the graveyard, making the gates in his lair rise with merely a gesture, disappearing from under his cloak at the end of the show - while obviously stage effects in real life, have no practical explanation in the context of the story.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
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MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's deliberately left ambiguous as to whether this version of the Phantom actually ''does'' have supernatural abilities. Some of the things he does, like the mirror and shooting fire from his staff, are understandable, but a lot more - -- apparently teleporting at the end of "Why So Silent?", causing the piano to play itself during the rehearsal of ''Don Juan Triumphant,'' creating the massive amounts of fire to shoot up from the ground/stage in the graveyard, making the gates in his lair rise with merely a gesture, and disappearing from under his cloak at the end of the show - -- while obviously stage effects in real life, have no practical explanation in the context of the story.
11th Mar '17 10:24:43 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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** The Eiffel tower is in the backdrop of the Paris skyline during "All I Ask Of You"; again, the musical's set in 1881, but construction on the Tower didn't begin until ''1887.''

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** The Eiffel tower Tower is in the backdrop of the Paris skyline during "All I Ask Of You"; again, the musical's set in 1881, but construction on the Tower didn't begin until ''1887.''



--> "Christine... I love you".

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--> "Christine... I love you".you."
26th Feb '17 12:04:21 PM im-so-2460-done
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** Averted again with Celinde Schoenmaker, who has been given a much lighter wig for Christine, just not pure blonde like Emmi.
15th Dec '16 10:47:55 AM KingZeal
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* NeverendingTerror: Some of Christine's lines referring to the title character include: "My God who is this man/Who hunts to kill/I can't escape from him/I never will". Referring to the plan to stage ''Don Juan Triumphant'' (the Phantom's own opera) with her performance as bait for a trap, Christine is reluctant to perform and says:
--> Raoul I'm frightened. Don't make me do this. It scares me.
--> Don't put me through this ordeal by fire. He'll take me. I know.
--> We'll be parted forever. He won't let me go.
--> What I once used to dream, I now dread. If he finds me, it won't ever end.
11th Nov '16 5:04:29 PM Ciara25
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** Likewise, Madame Giry in the novel was a superstitious box keeper who wasn't aware of the Phantom's real nature. In this version, she's a much more savvy ballet mistress who's much more aware of who the Phantom is and what his goals are, and eventually helps Raoul to hunt him down.
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