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Phantom of the Opera Musical

Updated on March 12, 2013

Phantom of the Opera Plot

Christine Daaé's father told her many stories involving a character known as the Angel of Music. On his deathbed, he tells Christine that he will send the Angel of Music to her. When she gets into the chorus at the Paris Opera House she begins hearing a voice she believes to be the Angel of Music. The Angel agrees to teach her how to sing heavenly - and she does! Under her new mentor's tutelage, Christine becomes a star. The Angel, however, turns out to be Erik, the Phantom, a disfigured and embittered man who lives under the Opera House and who wants Christine forever.

What follows is drama, mayhem, intrigue, secrecy, conflict and powerful music to this scored Andrew Lloyd Webber version of Phantom of the Opera! This is how I grew to love it. I hope you find my Lens as exciting as I feel in offering it to you!

The Phantom of the Opera Book
The Phantom of the Opera Book

Phantom of the Opera Neat Facts

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When most Phantom Fans think of Phantom of the Opera, I think they might imagine - as I do - that Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is the Phantom. If this is the case you might like these neat facts about its actual humble beginnings.

  • 1911 - The French novel, The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) by Gaston Leroux, is published.
  • 1925 - A silent horror film version was adapted, starring Lon Chaney as the Phantom (Erik) and Mary Philbin as Christine.
  • 1986, Sarah Brightman played Christine Daae alongside Michael Crawford's Phantom (Erik) in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation.
  • 1989 - Robert Englund of Nightmare on Elm Street "Freddy" fame played Phantom in a film adaptation.
  • 2004 - The first Webber scored version was brought to film with Christine played by Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler as the Phantom.

...or was it just me who didn't?

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The Phantom of the Opera Film Adaptations
The Phantom of the Opera Film Adaptations
Phantom of the Opera Original 1986 Score
Phantom of the Opera Original 1986 Score

Phantom of the Opera Score - Original 1986 Cast

Original Song: Phantom of the Opera - Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford

This is the eternal song that plays in my mind when I think of The Phantom of the Opera. This does not detract from Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler's 2004 film version, of course, but I can feel the emotion and suspense in this song as if I am watching the musical. It always gives me chills.

Music of the Night - Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford

Phantom of the Opera 2004 Scored Film
Phantom of the Opera 2004 Scored Film

2004 Phantom of the Opera Film - Starring Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler

The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)
The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)

A fantastic adaptation! Emmy Rossum as the innocent doe-eyed Christine Daae and Gerard Butler as the tortured Phantom make you almost believe you are seeing it onstage. I watched this in theatre and it was long with - of course - no intermission. A solid performance and I loved it.

 

Phantom of the Opera - Emmy Rossum & Gerard Butler

Point of No Return - Emmy Rossum & Gerard Butler

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Michael Crawford as Erik (The Phantom) and Sarah Brightman as Christine Daae in the 1986 onstage musical.Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae for the 2004 film.Emmy Rossum (Christine) and Gerard Butler (Erik)Gerard Butler as the PhantomGerard Butler and Emmy RossumGerard ButlerLon Chaney as Phantom of the Opera in the 1925 silent horror.Steve Barton (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny) and Sarah Brightman (Christine Daae)"The Phantom of the Opera"Lon Chaney as Erik and and Mary Philbin as Christine Daae in the first Phantom of the Opera film in 1925.
Michael Crawford as Erik (The Phantom) and Sarah Brightman as Christine Daae in the 1986 onstage musical.
Michael Crawford as Erik (The Phantom) and Sarah Brightman as Christine Daae in the 1986 onstage musical.
Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae for the 2004 film.
Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae for the 2004 film.
Emmy Rossum (Christine) and Gerard Butler (Erik)
Emmy Rossum (Christine) and Gerard Butler (Erik)
Gerard Butler as the Phantom
Gerard Butler as the Phantom
Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum
Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum
Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
Lon Chaney as Phantom of the Opera in the 1925 silent horror.
Lon Chaney as Phantom of the Opera in the 1925 silent horror.
Steve Barton (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny) and Sarah Brightman (Christine Daae)
Steve Barton (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny) and Sarah Brightman (Christine Daae)
"The Phantom of the Opera"
"The Phantom of the Opera"
Lon Chaney as Erik and and Mary Philbin as Christine Daae in the first Phantom of the Opera film in 1925.
Lon Chaney as Erik and and Mary Philbin as Christine Daae in the first Phantom of the Opera film in 1925.

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    • williamslaw profile image

      williamslaw 4 years ago

      Awesome! Learnt some facts I didn't know, thanks!

    • Baddew Fibes profile image

      Baddew Fibes 5 years ago

      It's a great musical - love it!

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      samsaradakini 6 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you Josh!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I love Phantom! Great read. :)

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