Today was a momentous day for your author. I finally saw the Phantom of the Opera presented by Broadway Across America on stage. Surpise! Yes, I've never seen the stage production until today. I've only read Leroux's book and watched the movie numerous times.
What can I say? I am now among the ranks of over 80 million who have seen the stage play. I was totally blown away by the singing, sets, and costumes. Richard Todd Adams was the Phantom, and his performance was outstanding!
The first hour, I have to be honest, I sat there with tears streaming down my cheeks as each act and song was performed. Music of the Night was tremendous. I probably shouldn't be surprised that I cried like a baby. After all, I've pretty much dissected the story on this blog and sunk my heart and soul into every post. My heart is wrapped around this story daily, too, as I roleplay on MySpace the character of Christine Daae. I've morphed myself into a Diva!
The ending was so moving that you could have heard a pin drop in the theater watching the heartbroken Phantom let Christine leave with Raoul. Of course, it was standing ovation at end and cheers unending for the cast. I will be blessed once more to see the stage production in Las Vegas at the Venetian in two weeks. To say the least, I am quite stoked to see that performance as well.
I know when Andrew Lloyd Webber put the stage production into movie form, a lot of the younger generation were quite thankful to finally be able to enjoy the story in movie theaters, mainly because seeing the stage production can be expensive. My ticket cost me $70 and that was for the cheap pre-sale orchestra section. I'm paying $125 a head at the Venetian. The movie version has taken the story around the world, along with the other 80 million who have seen the stage production as well.
There is no ending in site as this story continues to affect people worldwide. My blog, as you can tell, is pushing the 10,000 hit mark and has been read in over 52 countries. People searching on the Internet for articles, pictures, or songs continually drives traffic to this site. The Phantom of the Opera is a profound story that continues to make its mark, and I often receive comments from others how the story touches their lives.
I find it surprising too that many have not read the original work. Though it is a bit different, it is worth the read to give you a background on how this all originated. Also the two-disk CD of the movie has a wonderful history on why Andrew Lloyd Webber chose this story, and how he took it and formed into the success it became.
If you've never seen the stage play, all I can say is save your pennies, and if it comes locally go treat yourself. You won't be sorry.
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