In a special Monday performance, “The Phantom of the Opera” makes Broadway history. 7,486 performances.
I thoroughly enjoyed Phantom both times I saw it. I also liked the screen version. The story line is compelling, the sets/costumes brilliant, and the singing fine indeed.
Andrew Lloyd Webber certainly polarizes opinion. Millions love his work, but he also counts untold numbers of critics who say he’s a hack and single out Phantom for its over-the-top production qualities and visual/auditory bombast. But let’s face it, a musical isn’t the same as reading Immanuel Kant. There’s nothing wrong with a big, splashy, larger-than-life visual spectacle and it’s these operatic qualities that endear him and his musicals to millions.
Many critics, of course, simply abhor musicals and none have the talent to pen anything remotely as successful as Phantom.
BTW, I also enjoy Sarah Brightman. So there!
What a pity.
Yes, some have to consign themselves to a life as a mod.
… not quite following here. Is it a pity that a good show has over-lasted its stay, or are you saying you never liked it to begin with?
Myself, I enjoyed it the one time I saw it on stage. I could never bring myself to watch the movie after what I read about it here.
I just saw Phantom for the first time this past October. To borrow a review a friend of mine gave Les Mis:
Both notes were terrible.
The music has not aged well. Neither has the production quality, a holdover from the late 1980s when set technology was the only way to set your show apart.
As a narrative, it is hopelessly confusing and truncated.
Overall, I give it a meh, and I can’t imagine why it has had such a long run.
I would quite happily snarf up a recording of the tenor Timothy James O’Leary doing his stint as Phantom. I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time I saw it; when my folks were in town and treating my aunt and uncle and asked me along, I went for a second time and the singer in the lead role was nowhere near as good. The original fellow, Michael Crawford, can’t sing worth a damn either, so the official original cast recording kinda sucks.
And hey, raise your hand if you’d really rather that CATS had retained the title.
What Dex said.
I admit I’m a fan of the play, though I felt the movie dropped the ball.
I still perfer either over CATS, which I’ve seen once and have no urge to see again.
Just going from memory (of their TV ads) it had been Cats for quite awhile, right? But before Cats, was it A Chorus Line? And before that, Grease?
It passed A Chorus Line in June of 1997.
One of few remaining ambitions is to sing ‘Music of the Night’ in the West End. Sadly, more likely it’ll be the West Bank, when they next decide they need to clear some settlers, Egyptian agents, Mossad agents, whatever.
“Close your ears and let music set you free” - but I stiull do a wicked impression of Michael Crawford from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Oooh! Betty! De cat’s jus’ done a whoopsie on de carpet!
You can’t put a price on this kind of talent, you know.
Anything is better that CATS.
"Poor Sharon’s new party must succeeeeeed. Only then will Gaza bel-ong tooooo meeeeeeee!"
Forgot to mention - for all of you Phantom fans, the Venetian Hotel here in Las Vegas is building a theater, with a lake on stage, and little Andy Weber is making a few tweaks in the show and a bigger, grander version will soon be performing nightly on The Strip.
Just like all the other ALW musicals, the show has one or two great songs, separated by interminable repetition. Have you ever tried to listen to the entire *Sunset Boulevard * recording? The ad nauseum repetition makes it sound like Philip Glass.
Only if the cast is full of busty chorus-girls in lots of feathers is this going to succeed.
Can we expect Carrot Top as Phantom?