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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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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!
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
Jk
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....
ramonamor12
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.
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