I wanted to start a thread about the Phantom of the Opera after I read this bit from wikipedia:
That’s pretty hugely impressive.
I’ve never seen a live performance but I love the original cast recording and listen to it a lot, and I even liked the 2004 film adaptation that many hated. It wasn’t perfect but I liked it.
But does Phantom “deserve” to be so high and above all the others as far as financial success for an entertainment “event” (I have trouble calling recurring productions across the globe a single event).
The Phantom of the Opera is an awesome musical, I’m not knocking it at all. It may be one of my all time favorites (I think Little Shop of Horrors edges it out slightly though I will admit that it is no where nearly technically as brilliant). But I think there are a lot of brilliant musicals and it seems interesting to me that as far as financially and historically it is concerned, Phantom is in a league of its own.
For me, I think it’s because Phantom scratches all the right itches for a popular audience. It has brilliant, moving music. The singing talent is always top notch (or it needs to be for it to be successful). There’s really not a single dud of a song in the whole play. The story is interesting and the characters are interesting. It really is the whole package.
But is there more to it for why it’s so enormously successful?
And, if you personally hate the Phantom, feel free to rant here. I won’t mind. If you love it, that’s great, but I’d love to hear your opinion on why it is so darned successful and long-running as compared to nearly any other musical.