Reliving the Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is there inside my mind…

It was a magical and splendid performance! Great music, mesmerizing voices which are sure to captivate the hearts of the audience and bring chill and thrill at the same time, plus the elaborate and detailed stage and props. I definitely want a round 2, but the ticket is quite expensive, and it’s alright because the scenes and the voices are still playing back in my mind. The set is amazing, how they brought us close enough to the scene where it all happened, to the Paris Opera. Ten…ten…ten…ten… the moment the show began, the crowd is immediately absorbed as the story sets foot. The mirror scene was nicely done too where the Phantom with half-faced mask appears as a reflection. There was a scene where the stage was reversed; our side became the backstage, how they made use of the curtain to make it appear that way. The crash of the chandelier just before the closing of Act I was magnificent. It’s as if you are an audience to the Opera itself. The Phantom’s voice resounds around the theatre that made it more realistic. Showing the Phantom’s lair drew us into his world, lonely and still full of passion. Also, live orchestra is just as wonderful. My personal favourites of the songs performed are: “Angel of Music”, “The Mirror (Angel of Music)”, “The Music of the Night”, and “That’s All I Ask of You”.

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you Hear it, feel it secretly possess you Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind In this darkness that you know you cannot fight The darkness of the music of the night…. Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in To the power of the music that I write The power of the music of the night…

(from The Music of the Night)

It has quite a sad ending for the Phantom, parting with us the power of the music that would stay inside of us.

Once, I watched this Phantom of the Opera on DVD that a friend lent to us. And we enjoyed the songs very much and we repeatedly listened to them. I attempted to read the book but wasn’t able to finish it.

We arrived at around 1:40 and decided to hang out first at Starbucks. It’s better to be early so that we can be there on time. The last time we watched an international showcase, they were very much on the dot in starting. There were people who were let in during the intermission time when we watched “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”. We were seated at almost the same place as that time. My sister checked her watch; it started and ended on time. At Starbucks, the barista asked my mom if we were watching The Phantom and she said yes, then she pointed to a guy and said he’s one of the cast. The Phantom of the Opera is also by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Phantom was played by Jonathan Roxmouth, Christine was played by Clair Lyon and Anthony Downing for the role of Raoul. Roxmouth and Downing are South African actors and they have just finished the showcase at Johannesburg at the Teatro at the Montecasino. Lyon is an Australian actress who has already played in the sequel “Love Never Dies”.

I read an interview on Jonathan Roxmouth the next day after watching The Phantom:

http://www.philstar.com/funfare/exclusivesarticle.aspx?articleId=846847&publicationSubCategoryId=70

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I’m very grateful for our cousin’s binoculars, we were able to see the faces very clearly. (the pouch is in good shape) I was able to see intricate details of the stage design and pan through the whole area. At the beginning of the show too, on the scene where Christine is singing and Raoul is in the balcony watching with other people, I raised the binoculars and saw him using a binocular too looking down at Christine. They were selling binoculars there at P60.oo and I heard one say that it’s pretty good.

This show is sponsored by infinity Smart and Citibank, PAL (the official airline), Diamond Hotel (official hotel), OOCL (the official ocean carrier), CCP (official venue). The show is extended till October 14. The Phantom of the Opera has just celebrated its 25th year last year.

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