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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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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
florida20119 6
This song just makes me so happy. Makes me feel like I'm back in my theater chair in NYC watching the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
I would love to hear the one with Gerard Butler & Emmy Rossum. It is truly magnificent.
I love the Original London cast. The final lair with Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, and Steve Barton just takes my breath away
Just saw phantom in Milwaukee it was the best show I ever saw. Took my middle dr. And showed her a new love. She appreciated it ! The dancing, orchestra, and singing , sets and props put you in a different world. Can't say enough about it. Even if you can't afford it save for it. You won't regret it.
lrgallman
I soooo want to �� (marry) the phantom
lrgallman
Such a beautiful voice ❤️
this show is so spellbinding and beautiful, but yet haunting. I love Phantom and it taught me about a world of music that I never knew existed in musicals. I love it a lot and it is in my top three collection of musicals.
lrgallman
Phantom is sooooooo cute ❤️ if Christine will not marry him I will!
kyliedigby
I love broadway shows
CATS
The Phantom of the Opera was my first obsession (at the age of four or five), and I could sing the whole musical in soprano. Now, after seven or eight years, I can still do that! (Barely)
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand(left one)
Pick a school day
Post this 15 times and your crush will ask you out that day
niralimurthy
I love this song:)
ldees39
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this in 2days you will die. Post this song on five songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
italiaangel9 4
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Post this 15 times and your crush will ask you out that day
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day if your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this in two days you will die. Post this song on five songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
Love this song
Kiss your left hand then say the name of your crush then your name then a day post this on 15 different songs then they will ask you out that day
niralimurthy
I love this song. I read the book in the French language, watched it on broadway and yeah!
Wishing somehow here we again
I saw this show on Saturday with my mom at Greenville, SC. I was spellbound the whole time and it left me speechless. It was beautiful enough that i kept on getting choked up in the songs. I loved seeing all the different special effects especially the chandelier.M u s i c of the Night is and will always remain the most beautiful song I have ever heard. Phantom of the Opera is one of three best musicals I have ever seen. Tied with Wicked and Les Mis.
phillipdeang e l o
L.o.v.e it
melbow7
I love it
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day if your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this in two days you will die. Post this song on five songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
Let it go
randeb96
Majestically beautiful.
At beginning it is so eerie. It made me want to be in a dark haunted old house.
I will be yours phantom. Not Christine!
I seriously can't express how awesomely legendary this play is! It is the center of my life(except for my bf). Follow for a follow if u have been possessed by the phantom just as I have!
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