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The Phantom Of The Opera (Original 1986 London 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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I love this song soooo much but I was falling asleep and the screaming scared me. Lol but this is a beautiful song
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25th anniversary of the celebration hall
Albert concert bonus features pass the
Whole cast
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I loved the movie Paris Isn't amazing
Watched phantom the of opera 1989
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I love Phantom of the opera!! :-)
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OH MY GOSH I STILL HAVENT SEEN IT!!!!!!
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The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IS THERE !!! :) #phantom of the opera
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The Phantom Of The Opera is the best movie i have seen
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Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman ALL THE WAY (Michael is THE phantom btw) :) :) :) :) :)
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kvalcarce
The movie rocks!!!!
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Awesome. Seen the movie a bunch of times. ������
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mariaclear14
one of my favorite opera
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I like the London cast version
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ariagilbert2 0 0 6
Love it ;)
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oh lordy
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Awesome
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kygreen82
Is deep inspirationa l beautiful loving And so wonderful minus the organ at the end
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this is deep. My inspiration in life.
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Nothing like it, it strikes deep within.
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cameron_fong
This cast will always be the one for me
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I love this. I really enjoy it a lot. I listen every day and night it is fun
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I love the original cast of this!
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Just saw play last week in NY and it was amazing. 2 hours of magic. Something I will never forget.
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The annoying background noise, such as Meg's screams and the Blasting Organ after Music of the Night is the main reason why I would rather listen to the movie's soundtrack.
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The original cast is amazing!!!! Michael Crawford is definitely one of my favourites, if not my favourite Phantom of all time! I just wish he'd sound more angry at some parts, just a little. Then again, that is his own interpretati o n , and once again, he is my favourite Phantom! :-)
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The first and best opera I have ever herd...and it will always stay that way��
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All of the cast has such amazing voices! Sarah Brightman is, as always, amazing, and Michael Crawford has such a beautiful gift I've no words!
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Amazing!!!
Great voice!
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Masquerade is my favorite song. Mainly because its very fun but then there's the phantom and the line "hide your face so the world will never find you" and when he says it at the end... when he crumbles, I do. I love this musical.
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Say phone 5 times say a color post this on 5 different songs look under ur pillow
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jacobson.jak e
Original 1986 London cast,
The Phantom of the opera
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I seriously love the original soundtrack! I can't believe this is the same man who sang for P.T. Barnum!
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Movie the phantom of the opera
Our musical threath
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I have listened to POTO since i was 1 ������������ � =) =D
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I AM THE BIGGEST POTO FAN IN THE WORLD!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ������������
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I need you father phantom of the opera
Angel of the music
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loved the musical, the movie and the soundtrack.. . . . . m y absolute fav.
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I needed ghost phantom of the opera
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Sierra bogges my character played
Christine daae PHA of the opera
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This was my first ever Broadway show and still I listen to its magnificent sounds. And Sarah Brightman was the very first christine. Without her the role of Christine would not exist.
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What is the deal with Sarah brightens, she's not the best Christine. Her voice always sounds flat.
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1919 Paris 1991
The movie the phantom of the opera
Threaten ghost
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The sound elephant trumpth
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cynthialored o 1 2
I fell in love with this musical in 1993. And to this day,
Phantom of the opera songs in gulfs me with so much passion. It's magical.
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Like !
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These bleed eyes both threaten adore
That's ask for you
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One of the best ever written if you like this try stevie nicks beauty and the Beast,
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emmies0414
If you like the song, you MUST see the musical. It is truly wonderful!
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Elephant sound trumpth
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This is such a beautiful musical with all the music and scenes. It is truly haunting and satisfying. I love it
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PHA the movie bam so good
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