It's been quite some time since I've dissected anything about the Phantom of the Opera. As most of you know, I've picked, poked, and prodded at the original until I've squeezed every ounce of life from the story from Leroux to Webber. Now, I have a new psychological playground in which to have fun and will start to post very soon. I've climbed into the sandbox and fiddled around a bit already thinking about all the buried gems I can dig up for us to enjoy.
In the sequel, we get to re-visit our favorites - the Phantom, Christine, Raoul, Madame Giry, and Meg, and meet some newbies - Gustav, freaks and bathing beauties! While we're at it, let's talk about the many emotions and motivations in this heartwrenching story that make it so powerful - passion, seduction, jealousy, love, obsessiveness, bitterness, regrets, and the need to be seen.
There's one change this time. Your view will not be from Box 5. We're no longer in the Opera House folks, we're on Coney Island. I encourage you to take a ride on the ferris wheel of discovery instead. Climb aboard, take a seat, and go around in circles as we view what lessons can be found in ALW's newest Phantom creation. You can be assured, I will do the same as before - take you to a place of thought and reflection so you can discover how this story speaks to your heart.
My first post will be about the Phantom. What's happened to him in Love Never Dies? Does he wear the same mask and wig? Is he still deformed and partially bald? What about his personality? Has he turned into a mellow Mr. Y or is he still the obsessive recluse monster with a tendency to strangle? Does he live above or beneath the world? Does anybody care? I'm sure Mister Y (who is a mystery) would like you to find out!
Tune in for future posts, as soon as my muse starts to whisper in my ear, I'll be back!
The Phantom's Student
PS...I hope he reads this, because I really want him to notice me. ;-)