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The Phantom Of The Opera (2011 Cast)

Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) is the most successful composer of musicals of his generation and also a breaker of molds for the type. His predecessors were, for the most part, American: New York-based songwriters steeped in Broadway tradition. Lloyd Webber saw his share of shows as a child, too, but he was born in London, the son of William Lloyd Webber, Director of the London College of Music, and was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, hardly the sort of place where you'd be likely to hear Oklahoma!

Nevertheless, Lloyd Webber hooked up with lyricist Tim Rice, and the two began work on what would be a typical project for them, a musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Titled Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it brought in a strong rock & roll influence. After writing a second unproduced musical, the two hit on the idea of writing a musical based on the life of Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas (not the sort of idea likely to occur to a Broadway composer) and, again, imbued with rock. Unable to finance a stage version, Lloyd Webber and Rice did manage to record their show, and Jesus Christ Superstar went on to sales in the millions all over the world. The hit musical version followed.

Lloyd Webber and Rice then split, with the composer writing film scores and working on an abortive musical with playwright Alan Ayckbourne (Jeeves), after which Rice returned with another audacious idea: a musical based on the life of Argentine dictator (or dictator's wife, depending on how you look at it) Eva Peron. Evita (1976) repeated the pattern of Jesus Christ Superstar, with its hit record album followed by a successful theatrical run in the West End and then on Broadway.

The Lloyd Webber-Rice partnership, having proved itself again, was severed (Rice went on to write Chess), and Lloyd Webber next wrote a musical revue based on T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems about Cats (1981). This time, the show came before the album, and it's still running. By this time, Lloyd Webber had largely abandoned the rock elements of his work in favor of what critics found a pastiche style that borrowed from classical and opera sources. He had also become a brand name (and a corporation, the Really Useful Company) that assured at least a modest success for subsequent shows, though critics were often unimpressed with his efforts.

Downgrading the status of his lyricists, Lloyd Webber went on to a series of successful shows (Song and Dance, Starlight Express) before scoring another long- (and still-) running hit in 1987 (1988 in New York) with a musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Aspects of Love (1989-1990) was less successful, however. Lloyd Webber debuted a musical adaptation of the Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard in the early '90s, and it proved to be one of his rare disappointments, failing to earn either good reviews or healthy ticket sales. In 1996, Alan Parker adapted Evita for the screen; Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice contributed a new song, "You Must Love Me," to the production, which starred Madonna. "You Must Love Me" won the Best Original Song award at the 1997 Academy Awards. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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renee_croft
This is SOOOOOOO LONNGGG.
�� it makes me so sad that they left him alone
Omg if I could be Christine Daae in a production of this my life would be complete! The songs are so beautiful, and at the same time; scary. I can't express how grateful I am to Andrew Weber, this music is pretty much my life right now! Follow for a follow if you would like to play Christine or the Phantom;)
Oh the Phantom's voice!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ;)
niralimurthy
Awesome music!!
High singing my voice break spring the through Easter original company played Christine ph of the opera first
Met love with husband
One kiss your left hand
Two say your crushes name
Three close your hand
Four say your name
Five post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on any day you
choose.
"Say you'll want me with u here beside you, anywhere u go let me go too! Christine, that's all I ask of:NO"
-phantom as he slips a ring onto Christine's finger
Follow for a follow I love poto it is my life
Wishing you were some how here again was written just for me RIP Daddy
Feel passion theatre many year ago
When I was little played Christina daee
Ph opera with my husband follow him
I am phantom's PH an I saw it live a few years ago I wan see it again!
Absolutely love the 2011 cast POTO! Sierra Boggess has a beautiful voice and Ramin Karimloo voice is perfection! So passionate and powerful. I'm in love ����
niralimurthy
I love it!!
jessat6
this is my favorite broadway show :)
jessat6
whoever is singing is good.... but still like the original <3
Can't express how much this means to me! Follow for a follow!
Musical songs we love my favorite wishing somehow we here again played Christina daee phantom of the opera go to see broadway wicked and Les Mis friends bilker all songs loved
Ramin is seriously the best Phantom to date, he has such a passion i can feel the emotions in the song
amazing composer seriously. Changed my life forever
Forgot to say... Follow for a follow
I can't express how much poto means to me! Andrew weber has effected my life so much! Can't stop watching the plays And movie.
" Music of the Night", best song in phantom and the most beautiful. The first time I heard that song, I did not cry and now I do.
I <3 PotO . I was lucky to go see it as a school trip on January 31.
@Bella Stypahorliks o n
I watched, too. :')

@Z-girl
mine, too!
@The phantom (of the opera)on
I saw that, too!!! I loved it so much! I almost cried, in my room, all alone.
@diazcara714
YES!!!
I love this musical!!!!! ! ! ! ! Phantom of the Opera is the best! ^-^
kd5hko
Best. Musical. Ever.
This was my inspiration to get in musical theater. Love Phantom of the Opera!
Ramin Karimloo can get it any day of the week just using his voice. love phantom of the opera, and this is one of my fav versions
guzman_carol
Love Phantom of the Opera
I love this version. So good :-)
Follow for a follow!
My bf and I r going to this next year!
Hadley Fraser is my favorite Raoul by far!
blueberryuni c o r n 0 5
I didn't get to watch their end what happened����

This week
I have watched the movie 19 times
I love this song let's go ramin
The end makes me cry:'(
Love The Phantom of the Opera<3
Best voice ever let's go phantom!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! I think I'm in love
lexiv8
I love phantom of the opera so much
kay.carroll
Love Sierra! Best Phantom EVER!!
Oh. my. gosh. Ramin is incredible. I love his voice!
I luv poto! Follow me if u do to! I will follow back
He makes this song an instant classic. He is so talented!:-)
kristeen.joh n s o n 5 1
Christine!! I hope ramin karimloo is a Christian so I can see him in heaven
...
Love phantom of the opera! This cast is great!
Oh how I luv poto! Follow for a follow if u like it too!
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