Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Phantom of The Opera

I spent last weekend in London with a very good friend of mine.  We had two full days to ourselves, just talking, walking, enjoying the discovery of a city we both have been to many years ago, but never together.  Our agenda was totally no-stress, no 'most do' or 'must see', and it was wonderful.

One of the things we did, was a visit in Her Majesty's Theatre, where we attended the afternoon show of The Phantom of the Opera.  From our perfect seats in the stalls, we had a good view of the stage, the actors' faces and the huge chandelier which plays a central role...  Andrew Lloyd Webber's music is strong and holds up, even after 24 years of being played over and over again,  and the orchestra did a wonderful job, as did the actors/singers.

The story of the phantom, or the ghost of the opera, was first written by the French writer/journalist Gaston Leroux in 1911: "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra". The story takes place in the old opera house of Paris: Palais Garnier. The first movie, by Universal, came in 1925, and since then, the legend has just continued to live on. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical from 1986 was later turned into a movie, with the exact same score as on scene.

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