Phantom of The Opera Tickets
Phantom of the Opera is a treat for theatergoers. Having provided exceptional theatrical entertainment to its fans for over 25 years, it is now once again on a North American tour. This tale of unrequited love between a disfigured music genius Erik and the young aspiring singer Christine is one that never fails to strike a chord with the audience. The spectacular performances and amazing special effects take the viewers into a different world altogether. To experience the drama live, get your Phantom of the Opera tickets as early as possible.
Phantom of Opera
Phantom of the Opera the musical is an adaptation of the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, written by Gaston Leroux. Published back in 1910, the novel takes some of its inspiration from the historical events which took place at the famous Paris Opera in the 19th century. It also draws influence from the tale that includes the use of a former ballet pupil's skeleton in the production of the opera, Der Freischutz, by Carl Maria von Weber in the year 1841.
The novel was later translated into English and although it may not have had humungous success initially but with several productions on stage and celluloid over the years, Phantom of the opera has come to be known as one of the most popular love stories of recent times.
Towards the end of the 20th century, Lloyd Webber was aiming to make a romantic theatrical piece and hence got in touch with the co-producer of 'Cats and Song and Dance,' Cameron Mackintosh. Webber suggested Gaston Leroux's book The Phantom of the Opera as a basis on which they could compose a romantic musical. Subsequently the two went through the movie adaptations of the novel but failed to gain the kind of inspiration they needed to develop the same into a musical.
Sometime later in New York, Lloyd Webber came across a second hand copy of the original novel and could instantly foresee himself translating it into a musical. He stated "I was actually writing something else at the time, and I realized that the reason I was hung up was because I was trying to write a major romantic story, and I had been trying to do that ever since I started my career. Then with the Phantom, it was there!"
The story begins with a performance by Christine, a soprano singer, at the old managers' retirement gala night. Her singing performance reignites the love that her childhood friend Raoul had for her. During this time, there are rumors of a phantom living at the Opera. His presence is felt and noted through the notes received and other nasty acts.
After the gala, there is a performance of 'Faust' at the Paris Opera during which the lead performer loses her voice. During all this, the Phantom kidnaps Christine and takes her to Opera's cellars because that is where he lives. It is here that he informs that he is Erik. He is attracted towards her and hopes that she falls in love with him too. But he is forced to change his plans when Christine discovers his disfigured face. Erik is afraid to lose her now and thus decides to not let her free. But upon Christine's request he agrees to let her go given that she wears his ring and remains faithful to him.
Christine however tells Raoul about her abduction and he promises to take her far away from Erik. But later, Christine feels a sense of pity for the phantom. She decides that before she leaves she will sing a song for him one last time. What the two are not aware of is that Erik has secretly listened to their entire conversation and is well aware of their plans. He becomes very jealous and kidnaps Christine yet again, this time trying to force her into marrying him. He threatens her that if she refuses he would destroy the opera house. When Christine realizes that Erik has trapped Raoul in a torture chamber and is aware of his plans to rescue Christine, she agrees to marry Erik in order to save Raoul.
When Erik lifts Christine's mask and kisses her on her forehead, she kisses him back. Erik who has never received love before in his lifetime is overwhelmed and allows Christine to escape. Before doing so, he asks Christine to make a promise that she would visit him on his death day and return his gold ring then. This is precisely what she does towards the end of the musical.
The West End premiere of Phantom of the Opera was held in London in 1986. It had Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford in lead roles. The sets were designed by Maria Bjornson while the choreography was done by Gillian Lynne. The production completed its 10,000th performance run at Her Majesty's in October of 2010. Phantom of the Opera is West End's second longest running musical.
The Broadway production opened in 1988 in New York City. It won both the Tony Award as well as the prestigious Olivier Award for the 'Best Musical Debut' in New York and London. In February of 2012, it became the first Broadway musical to exceed 10,000 performance runs at the Majestic. Phantom of the Opera is also the longest running show in Broadway history.
Among the highlights of the musical is its unforgettable music score. The play consists of three acts and each one features majestic music numbers that keep the audience engaged throughout while at the same time move the story forward.
For the lyrics, Lloyd Webber first contacted Jim Steinman but he could not take up the task due to his commitment to Bonnie Tyler's album. Later Alan Jay Lerner was approached but before he could work on the project he got seriously ill and hence had to quit. Eventually it was Richard Stilgoe, the lyricist for Starlight Express who penned the lyrics for the musical. Later Charles Hart rewrote the compositions while incorporating Stigoe's lyrical contributions. The lyrics for the musical can thus be called a team effort between Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Act I's first song is 'Overture' followed by 'Think of Me,' a track that instantly brings to prominence the voice range of Christine's character. One of the most overwhelming numbers of the musical is 'Wishing you were somehow here again.' It features Christine at the cemetery singing to the grave of her father. This song brings out the essence of Christine's character who with her magical performance is able to touch the hearts of the audience.
The title song is one of the most interesting numbers of the musical. This duet number depicts how scared Christine is of the phantom and yet how drawn she is towards him out of curiosity. Other music tracks from the musical include 'All I ask of You,' 'The music of the night,' 'Point of no Return,' 'Wandering Child,' 'Beauty Underneath,' 'Down Once more,' 'Prime Donna' and 'Masquerade' among others.
Phantom of the Opera is a musical comprising a variety of characters. Each one is well-defined and helps move the story further. The most interesting of all is the title character, Phantom. His name in the play is Erik and he is a music genius with a disfigured face which he conceals behind a mask. He falls in love with Christine, an aspiring opera singer and helps her polish her singing skills. The outside world views him as a scary ghost.
When Erik finds out about Christine's romantic inclination towards Raoul, he develops a sense of jealousy and becomes possessive about Christine. The character of Erik is shown going through various emotions such as rage, romance and insecurity and each one is dealt with in a sensitive and interesting way.
Other than Erik, the character of Christine is very significant in the musical. It charts how the shy and hard working singer transforms into a confidant strong young woman. Her mother died when she was six years old and she is brought up singlehandedly by her father, whom she obviously grows very close to. She travels with her father to various fairs and gives singing performances, with her father playing the violin.
Since her father's death she has lost the passion in her singing and is struggling hard to revive her skills. Her performances are often criticized and she is disheartened. The phantom is able to gauge the beauty of her voice and he helps her overcome all obstacles to emerge as a confident and successful opera singer. Christine relates to the phantom as an 'Angel of Music,' which was her favorite of the Scandinavian fairy tales that her father shared with her as a kid. Little does she know that Erik is no 'Angel of Music' but a disfigured music genius who has madly fallen in love with her.
Did you know...
- With over three thousand performances, Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show in Broadway history.
- Phantom of the Opera the musical has been performed in fourteen different languages that include French, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Castilian, Portuguese, Dutch, Korean, Mexican and Spanish.
- The makeover of the Phantom initially took four hours. Now it takes approximately thirty minutes. First the actor's face is moisturized and then shaved after which prosthetics are fitted and a pair of wigs, contact lenses and radio microphones are placed.
- The Broadway premiere of the musical cost $8 million which was a record budget at that time.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber was so nervous at the premiere of the musical that he could not watch the performance. He was later called to the theater by producer Cameron Mackintosh for the curtain call.
Following the sold out tour of the UK, the new production of Phantom of the Opera by Cameron Mackintosh is all set to kick off a North American tour. The show will feature new stage and set designs and the performance will include a cast and orchestra comprising 52 people. This makes it one of the largest productions on tour this year. Critics have already described this production as 'bigger and better than ever before."
The costume design for this production is done by the renowned Maria Björnson, the light design is by Paule Constable, choreography by Scott Ambler while the stage designing is done by director Laurence Conner. Managed by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh himself, the special effects of this production are a treat to watch. The legendary chandelier remains the highlight of the set. So make sure you do not miss the upcoming show in your city. Get Phantom of the opera tickets now.