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  • The Overture is one - the SET rises from its collapsed form on the stage, and the broken chandelier lights up and rises assembled back up the ceiling over the audience. The Las Vegas production took it to the next level, with the chandelier reassembling from four pieces and dropping over the audience, only stopping just above them.
    • 'Perhaps we can frighten away the ghost of so many years ago with a little ILLUMINATION! GENTLEMEN!'
  • We are treated to selections of two fictional Show Within a Show (Hannibal and Il Muto) in the First Act. Both have two characters (the Slavedriver in Hannibal and the Cuckhold in Il Muto) who get a brief solo (either dancing or singing) and both usually get applause.
  • That high note Christine hits at the end of the title song.
    • Her cadenza at the end of "Think of Me" is also quite spectacular.
  • The Phantom appearing in Christine’s mirror after her performance. “Look at your face in the mirror… ‘’I am there inside!’’
  • During the production of "Il Muto", where the Phantom ruins Carlotta's performance by making her croak like a frog onstage, and then drives her offstage with his creepy laugh.
  • Carlotta herself gets one at the end of "Prima Donna" in the 25th anniversary. After being singled out as a target for the Phantom's ire, with the threat of "a disaster beyond your imagination!!!" still ringing in everyone's ears, she gives this incredible expression before leading the entire assembly in one last, defiant, "ONCE MORE!!!"
    • Hell, during "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh," even when the Phantom interrupts to threaten everyone (her in particular), and sabotages her performance, she keeps right on going. Despite being visibly terrified, she's determined to give her performance, Opera Ghost be damned. Say what you want about Carlotta, but that takes serious guts.
    • After the Phantom makes the backdrop fall near her during her rendition of "Think of Me", we get a good glance at how much iron resolve Carlotta has. When told that "accidents do happen", how does she react? She chews him out and storms off. She endured this crap from the Phantom and the management for years and is rightfully pissed about it. Say what you will about Carlotta being a spoiled and temperamental prima donna but just the fact that she's had enough and isn't afraid to storm off right when they're about to open a show and leave them high and dry shows that she'll endure a lot but will stand up for herself when pushed hard enough.
  • The Phantom dropping the chandelier at the end of Act I. And yes, it swings right over the audience.
  • The Phantom crashes the masquerade ball at the beginning of Act II (in a spectacularly cool Red Death costume) just minutes after the other characters were expressing relief at being done with him for good. "Have you missed me, good Messieurs?" indeed.
    • Made even more so by the fact that at the start of the song, Firmin and Andre were musing about what a pity it was that the Phantom couldn't appear.
    • "Why so silent, good Messieurs? Did you think that I had left you for good?"
    • The musical transition contributes greatly to the scene. One moment, the guests of the ball are happily singing the climax of "Masquerade", the next, the opening notes of the Phantom's theme thunder through the hall, silencing everybody.
  • Raoul really Needs More Love—especially for the graveyard scene, where he faces down an angry out-for-blood Phantom and calls him out on the whole "trying to force someone to love you via threats and kidnapping" thing. Oh yeah, did we mention the Phantom is hurling fireballs at him through all this? Who says the Vicomte de Chagny isn't badass? Not to mention swimming across the underground lake in order to rescue Christine, as well as begging her not to sacrifice herself for him. In other words, he was willing to die to ensure her safety.
    • Come to think of it, during the ENTIRE FREAKING MUSICAL, Raoul is the only character who never has any of the Phantom's shit. Even when he's threatened to be killed by him. This man never gives up. And he's one of the (very few) characters to stay rational and sensible about what the Phantom is. For an admittedly sheltered 21 year old, he does pretty well.
  • After the Phantom presents Christine with his Scarpia Ultimatum — "His life is now the prize that you must earn. So, do you end your days with me, or do you send him to his grave?" — Raoul throws this back in the Phantom's face with "Why make her lie to you to save me?"
    • Even more badass when you consider that Raoul is almost certainly provoking the Phantom into killing him and, by the terms of the bargain, free Christine.
    • Christine doesn't just sit by and weep either; she snarls back at the Phantom "The tears I might have shed for your dark fate/Grow cold, and turn to tears of hate!" showing him clearly that she's not going to be a pushover for him any longer.
  • After spending the balance of the show as the Damsel in Distress, Christine turns the Phantom at his Stalker with a Crush worst to a shivering wreck and prompts him to turn his Scarpia Ultimatum into a heartbreaking self-sacrifice... with a single kiss. The Power of Love (or at least compassion) at its most potent.
  • The Phantom's final disappearing act.
  • Christine's performance in Don Juan Triumphant. She starts out playing a naive girl with "no thoughts inside her head but thoughts of love". The narrative tells us that she is merely an object to be seduced by the protagonist (which is arguably how Christine herself is treated throughout the film). But then when we come to "The Point of No Return", Christine flips the narrative. Instead of being seduced, she's the one doing the seducing, which, judging by both the Phantom and Raoul's reactions, no one expected her to be capable of. Whether she's taking charge of her sexual desire for the Phantom or manipulating him into the line of fire is unclear and often depends on the adaptation, but either way it's awesome.
    • When the show returned to Broadway after the pandemic-forced shutdown, the staging of the scene was significantly altered. Instead of running away in fear after realizing that it's the Phantom she's singing with, Christine continues to sing and even waves off the men wanting to rescue her. Although she's still frightened of him, she's clearly determined to face him on her own.
  • Madame Giry is made of awesome. She commands immediate respect from everyone she meets, she is a stern but fair teacher, a voice of reason (which is unfortunately often ignored), and one of the more level-headed people in general. She manages to make someone like Carlotta shut up with one sentence.
  • For the Broadway show's 30th anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared with producer Cameron Mackintosh to kick things off with the cast of School of Rock (another of his productions) to play the theme in rock style, the way he'd always wanted it. And who should be singing but the original Christine herself, Sarah Brightman. It's capped off by them bringing out the entire "Class of 1986", as Mackintosh called them, to sing "Masquerade".
  • When Carlotta accuses Christine of being in league with the Phantom, Christine refuses to be victim-blamed, getting right up in her face and screaming, "How dare you! You evil woman — this isn't my fault!" Especially impressive since up until now, she's spent the entire song silently watching everyone else argue and freaking out about what the Phantom might do to her.

The Miniseries

  • The Phantom and Christine's duet. Her showing off the beautiful voice she's garnered thanks to his lessons, him showing off HIS singing chops, aand them affirming their love for each other via the "Anges Pur, Anges Radieux" duet from Faust.

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