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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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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.
Like !
These bleed eyes both threaten adore
That's ask for you
One of the best ever written if you like this try stevie nicks beauty and the Beast,
If you like the song, you MUST see the musical. It is truly wonderful!
Elephant sound trumpth
This is such a beautiful musical with all the music and scenes. It is truly haunting and satisfying. I love it
PHA the movie bam so good
The phantom of the opera Is there
This musical is so beautiful. I cried my eyes out at the end. It reaches into the soul and touches the heart. It is my favorite.
Serra bogges
I just love the beauty of this musical so much! But even though it is also such a beautiful show, it is also a bit haunting
Don't get me wrong about my earlier comment I'm not hating on them but I just like the other one better they are very god I just have a better taste for Sierra and Ramin so please don't take that comment the wrong way but I do enjoy all P.O.T.O. songs and L.N.D. I love that to so sad some people don't get it. That think that the phantom doesn't need a sequel I agreed but then I watched it and I cried I think it is very beautiful and also very sad those who were in it where very good and I for on
Bam so good movie PHA
I like the version with Sierra and ramin in it SO much better. I just don't like Michel craw fords voice sometimes and Sarah's is just vey annoying. To all the people who think ramin is a terrible phantom then you can go to OKLAHOMA because I don't care I love his voice and sierras is just entrancing together and I can barely go through a day with out listening to them
My voice high singing
Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables are definitely my two fave opera musicals. the songs are all so beautiful and powerful, and you NEVER get tired of them. I'm taking voice lessons right now, and the reason I got into Phantom is because my teacher wanted me to sing Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. Such a beautiful song.
I'm obsessed musical music
25th anniversary concert Albert hall
The 2011 cast is way better! I..I just can't stand her voice!
The 2011 cast is way better! I..I just can't stand her voice!
The 2011 cast is way better! I..I just can't stand her voice!
I love musical so much. It is just spellbinding and also very beautiful! One of the musicals in my top three
I just love this song it is beautiful and Sara bright is it so beautiful and her voice is a amazing
Great choice krhyou
love it
I love 'hate and the movie
me happy and they
Shod play the movie made
Offtan
Singing opera
My voice high
dragonlady60 8 8
My fave opera ever......!
I love this music!! I could listen to this all day!! :)
199 Paris
Ph the movie bam so good my first
Soundtrack played Christina dee
It couldn't be anymore beautiful. The whole story is about love friend the beginning to the end. Have read the book as a legend and seen all the movies about it, the musical is going to be my 10th time this year. Gustavo from Miami
the greatest composer ever
Singing my voice high of opera
I love Phantom of the Opera lots. It is just so spellbinding right when the show starts.
25th anniversary Albert hall concert
Phantom was there Inside my mind
Tony awards full show Oscar never on
Tv
The one with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum was WAY better! Bravo to them! ����
High my voice singing opera
Such a beautiful show
I love the movie and the book! It's so inspiring, powerful, uplifting, mysterious, and amazing! I just wish I could see it on Broadway! It's just so amazing I love it!
I love this song so muchh
Say iphone 5 times pick a color post this on two other songs than look under your bed
Kiss your hand left hand say your crushes name close your left hand pick a school day post 15times ur crush will ask u out on the day u said
nikithecat03
This is literally the best musical EVER! Long live Sarah and Michel
You were somehow again
25th anniversary concert hall Albert
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