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The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera has been deemed the greatest musical phenomenon of all time, offering stunning music and lyrics that has captured the hearts, minds and ears of international audiences.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical tells the story of a bitter man, known as the Phantom, who lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House, falling in love with the chorus opera singer he privately tutors.
Le Fantome de l’Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is based on the French novel Le Fantome de lOpera by Gaston Leroux. The book was first published as a serialisation from 23rd September 1909 to 8th January 1910. The story was later published in volume form by Pierre Lafitte in March 1910.
The story was inspired by historical event at the Paris Opera during the 19th century, and the mythical tale of using a former ballet pupil’s skeleton in the 1841 production of Der Freischutz. Due to the story’s popularity, it was adapted into various film and stage adaptations, including the 1925 film.
The 1986 Musical
Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber contacted Cameron Mackintosh, the co-producer of Song and Dance and Cats, to propose the musical in 1984. He was passionate about creating a romantic musical, and suggested using Leroux’s novel for the plot. After watching the 1925 and 1943 film adaptations, Lloyd Webber and Mackintosh were unsure how they could adapt the plot from screen to stage.
It wasn’t until Lloyd Webber found a second-hand copy of the novel in New York that he found his inspiration. Some could argue it was fate or luck that resulting in the composer discovering the long out-of-print novel.
Confident the plot could be transitioned to the stage, Lloyd Webber initially approached Jim Steinman to write the lyrics, but he declined to fulfil his commitment to Bonnie Tyler’s album. The baron then approached Alan Jay Lerner, but he was forced to withdraw from the music due to ill health. None of his contributions to the musical were credited in the show, despite writing lyrics for the song Masquerade. Starlight’s Express lyricist Richard Stilgoe took over the role, but the original lyrics were later re-written by Charles Hart, who was relatively unknown at the time, whilst Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music.
The First Preview
In 1985, The Phantom of the Opera’s first act was previewed at Sydmonton, which was Lloyd Webber’s home, starring Sarah Brightman, who starred in the original West End cast. The act included many of Stigloe’s lyrics, whilst some of the songs were penned under a different name.
The West End
The 1986 musical of Phantom of the Opera first began previews at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End on 27th September 1986, and was directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Gillian Lynne.
The show proved so popular that it continue to run to this day, celebrating its 25th anniversary stage performance in 2011. As of 2010, the musical celebrated its 10,000th performance on 23rd October 2010. It is therefore the second longest running musical in the West End following Les Miserables, and third overall in the world after The Mousetrap.
Critics fell in love with the musical opera, with The Times review writing the headline “God’s Gift to Musical Theatre”.
The musical took home 3 wins at the Lawrence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. The Original London Cast Album, which was released in 1987, was also the first album in British musical history to enter at #1 in the UK albums chart.
The Phantom of the Opera first hit the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, New York, on 9th January 1988. Sara Brightman, Michael Crawford and Steve Barton reprised their famous roles. The show received 7 Tony Awards in New York, including Best Musical, on 5th June 1988.
The musical still runs at the theatre to this day, and was the first Broadway musical to surpass 10,000 performances on 11th February 2012, and is the longest-running show in Broadway history.
To allow audiences and actors to enjoy the beauty, songs and story of The Phantom of the Opera, non-professional groups were provided with the right to perform the musical in 2013.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) film
Joel Schumacher’s adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera finally hit the big screen in 2004, starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson. The film was originally announced in 1989, but filming did not take place until 2002, which was due to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s divorce proceedings and the director’s hectic schedule.
Schumacher and Lloyd Webber both wrote the screenplay adaptation, with Andrew Lloyd Webber serving as producer. The film grossed a whopping $154 million at the box office worldwide, and was critically acclaimed for the movie’s acting and visuals.