For your reading please: This is my personal review of the play and a few titbits of info from the media call for The Phantom of The Opera; therefore expect this post to be long and I do hope you enjoy the photos I personally took and edited. This is my own attack on The Phantom of the Opera still shots: gothic, dark-hued, mysterious.
“But do you love me? If Erik were good-looking, would you love me, Christine?”
― Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is undoubtedly one of the most successful works and stage productions of all time. With its phenomenal popularity, it never fails to reap the audiences’ gargantuan admiration. I sometimes wonder if there was once a time that they had any difficulty selling tickets. The Phantom of the Opera is still a mystery, never ever fully explained yet it continues to make its audience gasp with anticipation and thrill. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brilliant weaving of a complex tale is like a potent potion; tough to beat. What makes it such a hit all this time then?
Just like a scrumptious buffet, is lavishly executed; from its vivid costumes to the striking cast– it’s just made to perfection. One would get chills without the blood-scare but with more of the inner ghost of mediocrity that use to haunt a mysterious and dark individual; moral lesson? One need not be physically disfigured to be able to relate to The Phantom. When it comes to love, it’s having to risk oneself to the conjuring agony and pain. The Phantom of the Opera, an overall profound and poignant love story; for The Phantom and Christine? It’s just a love…..a love not meant to be.
As Christine and Raoul falls in love with each other, it wreaked havoc above everything else (cue the organ music please…) The Phantom wanted his own revenge while Raoul continues to fight for his love. The story evolved with the fury of hate and horror that in the end transcended into love. How? By setting your loved one free. So in this day and age, The Phantom of the Opera is now being challenged. Does this kind of storyline still works? Absolutely. The Phantom of the Opera is a classic; and a classic tale never dies.
Christine Daaé is being portrayed by the beautiful Claire Lyon. She looked so fragile on stage, yet she delivers the goods. Her opalescent skin and pristine polished voice makes her stage presence visibly distinct. Having to watch the musical for the second time around, I find the Phantom much more deeply involved with his character. Emotions are more intensified, like slashing the audiences’ heart with every note of his aching yet enchanting voice. As the music of The Phantom of The Opera swirls inside my mind, how else would The Phantom attack his character? Where else does he get that soulful passion that fuels his pain as the ill-fated Phantom?
And true enough, the riveting depth in his acting was apparent, full of intensity and complex in every scene. Brad Little being a venerated hero and a loathsome villain , he has vividly performed the right fit of emotions; a character that is in full portrayal. I admire Brad Little’s capacity to throw the competition (with regards to who is the best phantom) out of the water; proving that each Phantom has something different to offer to the part. The Phantom of the Opera’s romantic tie to Christine is one of the highlights of the play. All he ever needed was to be loved to be good. How an unrequited love, deep and desperate would change the whole story is what it makes it a worth watch. If you’d ask me, the last few scenes were always a straight bullet shot to the heart, if you’re a certified PHAN you might be able to relate here. When The Phantom was struggling and Christine was trying to appease him, telling him that the actual deformity does not lie on his disfigured face but in his barren soul. When he was left alone and has transformed into nothingness, there I realized how The Phantom of The Opera has made an indelible impression on every audience’s mind.
♩ ♬ Masquerade/Paper faces on parade/Masquerade/ Hide your face, so the world will never find you ♩ ♬
Do I have a favourite scene or act? The seducing scene of The Music of the Night, wherein The Phantom lures Christine down to his lair beneath the Opera House. In All your Fantasies is romantically spine-chilling; then followed by The Phantom putting Christine into some kind of trance while serenading her with The Music of The Night. If you’d take a closer look at The Phantom (Brad Little), just the way he “handle” Christine…such a dark-hued yet sweet embrace. Brad Little’s style of letting his hands have a mind of its own, fantastic. It draws a certain kind of magic. John Owen-Jones and Ramin Karimloo are both Phantoms whom I dream to watch and perform next! I have only been watching them online and they are impeccable.
|The Phantom:♩ ♬ Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendour.|
Grasp it, sense it - tremulous and tender.
Turn your face away from the garish light of day,
turn your thoughts away from cold, unfeeling light
- and listen to the music of the night!♩ ♬
The Phantom of the Opera knows how to get off on the right foot; it may have run over a thousand and one times but it still gives its audience a fresh attack, a heart-stopping adventure. A flawless transfer of love and music, that is what The Phantom of the Opera is still known for. In any way you dice it, the play is magnificent. It’s flowing with that dauntless spell of romanticism that won’t let a single soul wander while watching it. If this is your first time to watch The Phantom of The Opera, be prepared to be swept away.