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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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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!
niralimurthy
Awesome!!
2011 a new musical past year home
Sick saw them It's my favorite songs
I dreamed a dream I won't grow up
Defying gravity It's get crazy
I HATE THIS! IT HAS NOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTY! EVERYBODY THINKS DIFFERENTLY BUT STILL I HAVE MY OWN OPINION. I REALLY LOVE LES MIS AND WICKED THOUGH! AND YES I HAVE SSEEN THIS ON BROADWAY... THINKING THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD. BUT NO I DIDNT THINK SO.
this musical is pure beauty, especially at Music of the Night
niralimurthy
Awesome!!
Saw this in London and was ecstatic.... . . High_Ho
My quote this Is me keep her or herself
Motto ally's friend keep themselves too
Talented singing the best of both world
This is by far, the best play of the last 1,000 years. This is my life for both me and my bf. follow for a follow if poto means a lot to you too!
niralimurthy
Love it!!
Cats
I just saw this Friday! I LOVED IT!!! I lover the music!
Michael Crawford is wonderful and this is my fave opera!
my high school just did this musical..... . . l o v e it
Love this play, last time i saw this was with my bestest friend ever Cyndi. ..she has passed away since. I'll see it again and think of her....
Don't read this cause it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday,By the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life however,if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you've started reading this don't stop this is so scary post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will come up to the screen this is so scary because it works.
niralimurthy
I like the French lyrics of the overture
niralimurthy
I am reading the book in French and it's amazing!! The movie and the play is amazing!!
The Phantom of the Opera coming to tampa in november can't wait
The songs from phantom are tied with les Mis and wicked, which I'd why I feel like it will end up in the top three. I have the hardest time waiting for May, I am seeing the show than.
amkorngut
I love this show. It is the perfect combination of freaky and beautiful.
I love this opera....... . . t h e music is outstanding. . . . . . . . M i c h a e l Crawford is amazing....
theres a book too i heard..so yeah..lol i have to read , watch it, my friends are crazy about it :D
i need to see this movie,
Yep! Plot never ever will get old. Still cried when I watched the 25th yesterday. Follow for a follow.
i can play the songs, they never get old..so beautiful :D
Paris 1978 company original all both my favorite the sound of music Annie mamma Mia happy days wicked phantom of the opera first met my husband saved of my life career double hot I had crush my in life named John de Luca
I agree with tiger6771... y e a r s from now people will still love this
So lovely. I cried so hard the first time I saw this and she didn't choose the Phantom
NEVER GET'S OLD.WHEN THEY TAKE IT OUT OF THE BOX 20 YEARS FROM NOW PEOPLE WILL STILL COME TO SEE IT.PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS I AM OLD MAN WITH EYESIGHT PROBLEMS.
melissabland 2 2
I love Phantom of the Opera soooooooo much! I wish I could go and see it so much! My friend just saw it in Chicago about 3 weeks ago. Jealous..... . It's just a dream that my angel of music will give me tickets..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Poto never gets old! I cry every time I watch the movie or the play. I hope to play Christine when I turn 20. Follow for a follow.
maggievento
I love love this music. It reminds me of everyday how much I love my husband. I love the movie also and never get tired of watching it.
Sarah+Michae l = W T F ? ! ? ! ! :O
1hfasue
Seems to me that M. Crawford is big on musicals, but I don't care... I love his voice!!
My fav
Love all of these songs
My boyfriend loves this song! I wonder why..; ). Follow for a follow.
Happy birthday .......Ellen !
I love the music in Phantom so much, it is so beautiful. Going to see the show in May!
beautimous music!!! feeling goosebumps!
Follow me If u luv poto! I will follow u!
I LOVE THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA(AND ME MIS!!!)
Reminds me of the boy I gave everything to, and he repaid me by breaking my heart.
theshortkid2 9
Ramin and Sierra are ten million times better than these jesters.
There is no one that can play the Phantom but Michael Crawford. I tried to watch the movie...NO
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